2:00PM Water Cooler 3/28/2016

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.


“Politics is grappling with what the economist Dani Rodrik has called an “inescapable trilemma”: the ability to have any two of democracy, global integration and the nation state, but not all three simultaneously” [Guardian].



“Mr. Sanders’s lesser-known team hails (again unsurprisingly) from academia and social activism, like Benjamin Jealous, former president and chief executive of the N.A.A.C.P., and Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Stephanie Kelton, Mr. Sanders’s chief economist on the Senate Budget Committee, espouses the redistributive ideals that have defined his campaign” [New York Times].

“Time to Transform Bernies’s Campaign Into a Permanent Organization” [Miles Mogulescu, HuffPo]. “We’re at an historical turning point: It may be years until there is again a mass mobilization of millions of potential supporters, tens of thousands of volunteers, hundreds of staff, millions of dollars in resources, and a YUGE email list.” As I’ve been saying….

The Voters

On how the Republican elite lost the base: “”These voters would have loved someone to stand up and say, ‘We should put someone in jail,'” said Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist to President Bush.” [New York Times]. Good thing Obama stood between the bankers and the pitchforks, eh?

“Paul Krugman: a Prizefighter for Hillary Clinton” [Paul Street, Counterpunch].

Krugman’s second mistake is to miss the basic fact that Donald Trump is the Democratic Party’s Frankenstein no less than the Republicans’ creation. How has the right-wing Republican Party gotten away with tapping and misdirecting so much legitimate white middle- and working-class anger and resentment away from its most appropriate target, the nation’s unelected dictatorship of capital? It has been able to do so largely for the same reason that the authoritarian Trump has been able to claim the mantle of working class populism in the current U.S. presidential sweepstakes: because the neoliberal, post-New Deal Democratic Party abandoned the U.S. working class in pursuit of a deepened partnership with corporate America and high finance.


“The 89% Pay Cut That Brought Trump-Mania to America's Heartland” [Bloomberg].

The Trail

“For the Record: How do we sweep while our birds are Berning?” [USA Today]. (OK, I’ll bite: Midnight Oil; lyrics.) “Many thought his campaign was dead, but over this weekend Bernie Sanders resurrected his chances like — shoot, I had an analogy for this. That other guy … you know, Jewish ex-carpenter … he went up against the establishment … eh, it’ll come to me.”

“D.I.N.O.S: Why Bernie Winning Caucus States is Why Bernie is More Electable Than Hillary” [Medium]. “There have never been as few Democrats as there are right now. And there have never been as many Independents as there are right now. And of those Independent voters, the vast majority are choosing Bernie Sanders. We’re seeing this bear out in Caucus and open primaries.”

“All five of Sanders’s wins this week came in caucuses. The problem for the Sanders campaign is that there are only two caucuses left on the Democratic primary calendar” [FiveThirtyEight].

“In the [California] primary race, Clinton holds a modest lead over Sanders, 45% to 37%, among all Democrats and independent voters eligible to vote. Her lead is slightly larger, 47% to 36%, among those most likely to vote. Either way, that’s a significant problem for Sanders” [Los Angeles Times]. Oddly, or not, the headline and the focus of the story is not that Sanders, a strong closer, is within striking distance, but that Clinton and Sanders voters will unite after Clinton’s inevitable victory.

“On April 5, a less-predictable blend of voters in the maverick-friendly state of Wisconsin gets to have its say, and while Nate Silver may give Clinton an 84 percent chance at winning the primary, Sanders is every bit as likely to defy the polls in the Badger State as he was in Michigan, experts tell Newsweek” [Newsweek].

“Sanders sharpens attacks for N.Y. showdown that may dash Clinton’s unity hopes” [WaPo]. “To capitalize on his fresh momentum, Sanders plans an aggressive push in New York, modeled after his come-from-behind victory a few weeks ago in Michigan. He intends to barnstorm the state as if he were running for governor. His advisers, spoiling for a brawl, have commissioned polls to show which contrasts with Clinton — from Wall Street to fracking — could do the most damage to her at home.” If Teachout can get 30% of the vote against Cuomo… Say, has Clinton endorsed Teachout yet? Because there’s a special place in hell…

“Covering Bernie Sanders, as He Keeps His Spirited Campaign Alive” [New York Times]. “The Sanders campaign is unlike any other this election cycle. The packed rallies of liberals, young people and union workers; the anger at Wall Street; the indie rock anthems; and the kiwi slices consumed aboard his campaign plane characterize a movement that feels both unexpected and yet perfectly aligned with this cultural moment.”

This is truly pathetic (and contrast it to the reporting above) [Politico].

It didn’t go unnoticed. “I think there is a much meaner culture in the Sanders campaign than people realize,” said Clinton donor Eleni Kounalakis, a former ambassador to Hungary, who said her family was bullied by Sanders supporters while volunteering for Clinton in Nevada.

“The Berners are very aggressive, and that kind of culture has to be validated to some degree from the top,” she said. “My feeling is he doesn’t address these people at the end of the night because if he sends a message of graciousness to his people, that’s going to take the fire out of the aggressive approach.”

Let me translate: Kounalakis, who gave money to Clinton in exchange for an ambassadorship, hasn’t met with the deference she feels her corrupt bargain deserves. Call the whaaaambulance!

“The Countless Failings of the DNC” [Observer]. Quite a compendium.

Clinton Email Hairball

“How Hillary Clinton’s email scandal took root” [Los Angeles Times]. While I still have some sympathy for Clinton wanting to use her Blackberry, the article paints a picture of a lawless Clinton surrounded by sycophants who can’t say “No” to her. (And I’m not the first to say this, but Texts from Hillary looks more than a little ironic, especially in light of what was then already happening behind the scenes).

Stats Watch

Personal Income and Outlays, February 2016: “The outlook for the consumer has buckled, at least a bit following a surprisingly weak personal income and spending report for February” [Econoday]. Oopsie. And: “The overall tone of this report was quite disappointing, reflecting a fairly subdued inflationary backdrop and weak personal consumption activity” [TDSecurities, Across the Curve]. However: “The data this month showed good income growth with spending growth weak (significant downward revision in last month’s expenditure data). Still year-over-year consumption is growing faster than income” [Econintersect].

International Trade in Goods, January 2016: “Trade in goods popped up February, with exports up 2.0 percent and imports up 1.6 percent” [Econoday]. “Imports were led by a 6.9 percent jump in consumer goods, one that hints at rising business expectations here at home. Imports of capital goods were also up and together with the gain for exports of capital goods are positives for global business investment.”

Pending Home Sales Index, February 2016: “A surge in the Midwest fed a very promising and stronger-than-expected 3.5 percent rise in pending home sales for February” [Econoday]. “Today’s report points to a badly needed bounce ahead for final sales of existing homes which, in previously released data for February, plunged 7.1 percent.” And: “The National Association of Realtors (NAR) seasonally adjusted pending home sales index improved – to the highest index reading since last July. Our analysis of pending home sales agrees, and we are forecasting relatively good March home sales” [Econintersect].

Dallas Fed Mfg Survey, March 2016: “Weakness eased in the Dallas Fed’s manufacturing sector this month, in what is the latest positive signal for March,” although still deeply in the negative [Econoday]. “The Empire State, Philly Fed, and Richmond Fed reports are all showing strength this month, joined now by the hard-hit Dallas Fed, indications that point to a bounce-back from what was a very soft month of February for the factory sector.”

Q4 GDP, for those who were out Friday: “Real GDP growth was revised higher on Friday to 1.4% annualized, a pleasant surprise. The bulk of the upward adjustment came in consumption, as services outlays were boosted. Overall, consumer spending managed a 2.4% annualized advance in Q4, a solid performance, especially considering the drag that warmer weather caused (mainly due to less utility usage but also by dampening demand for winter merchandise)” [Amherst Pierpont Securities, Across the Curve]. “The other data point from this release that garnered some attention was the corporate profits estimate for Q4. The figure sank by 7.8% on the quarter, which sounds really bad. It’s clearly not a good result, but $125 billion out of the overall $160 billion drop came from the petroleum industry, and well over $80 billion of that reflected the booking of a legal settlement between BP and the government.”

Car Sales: “Ward’s Auto’s estimate is for a continuation of the flattening of the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of sales from prior higher levels” [Mosler Economics].

Fodder for the Bulls: “Just when it all seemed very bleak, the global economy has shown some tentative signs of a rebound in recent weeks. The improved data significantly reduce recession risks in the near term” [Gavyn Davies, Financial Times, “Global economy snapping back into gear?”]. “This month, however, the data have failed to co-operate with the pessimists. Global activity growth has bounced back to 2.6 per cent, compared to a low point of 2.2 per cent a few weeks back. Much of this recovery has occurred in the advanced economies, with our nowcast for the United States showing a particularly marked rebound after more than 12 months of progressive slowdown.”

Honey for the Bears: “The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the first quarter of 2016 is 0.6 percent on March 28, down from 1.4 percent on March 24” [Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta].

Honey for the Bears: “[E]ven worse, the long-term outlook for earnings growth seems to be deteriorating. This is all bad news considering earnings are the most important drivers of stock prices.” (charts) [Yahoo Finance].

Honey for the Bears: “The survey also found that most economists have lowered their outlooks for economic growth in 2016, and now expect that the U.S. will grow 2.2 percent this year, on average. That’s down from a December prediction of 2.6 percent growth. The survey also found that 79 percent of economists lowered their growth outlook for 2017.” [AP].

Honey for the Bears: “Since the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve and other central banks have been holding out an unlimited punch bowl, hoping that enough stimulus will get the economy, finally, moving again. It hasn’t happened yet. The problem is, the central banks are in serious danger of running out of punch, and there’s no good replacement in sight” [Wall Street Journal, “The One Economic Question Nobody Is Answering”]. “Where that replacement is going to come from is the one question nobody seems able to answer.”

Today’s Fear & Greed Index: 64, Greed (previous close: 66, Greed) [CNN]. One week ago: 78 (Extreme Greed). (0 is Extreme Fear; 100 is Extreme Greed). Last updated Mar 28 at 12:19pm.

Black Injustice Tipping Point

“Bridget Catlin, the co-director of the County Health Rankings, said segregation wreaks havoc on the body primarily by stressing it out. In addition to experiencing more violent crime, people in racially segregated pockets might be stranded further from good jobs or the transportation necessary to reach them” [The Atlantic].

Dear Old Blighty

First point of the executive summary: “(a) privatised rail as a serial shambles creating artificial profits for the franchise holders and hidden costs for the public” (PDF) [“THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY:Rail Privatisation and After,” CRESC]. Thanks, Maggie!

“The governments Infrastructure Act removes control for decisions to sell or develop publicly owned land from the public sector. In short, before long, a private company will have the power to sell publicly owned land for Fracking, new nuclear, or whatever else it likes – and the public say in the development of its own land will be a thing of the past” [The Canary]. “After a tussle when more people became aware and opposed to the plans, the government announced it’s intentions to proceed this week, at 5pm on the day before the Easter holidays began. David Cameron dropped this bombshell privatization announcement while the country is closed for Bank Holidays and then flew off to sun himself in Lanzarote.”

“NHS crisis: GP figures spark SAFETY FEARS as Government ‘FAILS’ in recruitment drive” [Express].

Easter Wrap-up

Definitely a mixed bag…

On the Easter Rising: “The Heroes Hidden in the Archives” [Irish Independent]. Important!

“Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle … the Easter Rising 100 years on” [Guardian].

“Between the Risings” [Jacobin (preview of new issue)].

“In 1999, while taking a break from my PhD to try to get rich in the fine jewellery business, I nearly became the world’s largest counterfeiter of Fabergé eggs” [London Review of Books]. One of the better leads I’ve read lately.

“The Story of the Fabergé Egg (pictures) [The Fashion Law]. “From 1887 Fabergé was given complete freedom in the design and execution [of the eggs], with the only prerequisite being that there had to be surprise within each creation.” And the Romanovs did indeed get their surprise, didn’t they?

On the other hand….

And then there’s this…

Guillotine Watch

“The Declining Taste of the Global Super-Rich” [Current Affairs].

Class Warfare

“The neighborhood in which you grow up is a major determinant of your economic success as an adult. That’s been known for a while, but new research suggests that the effects may be much larger than social scientists previously understood” [WaPo]. People need to chose better parents, say I.

“Cities begin to challenge a bedrock of justice: They’re paying criminals not to kill” [WaPo]. “Cities across the country, beginning with the District of Columbia, are moving to copy Richmond’s controversial approach because early indications show it has helped reduce homicide rates.” Hmm.

News of the Wired

“Ultimately the banks are going to discover—the hard way—that getting into bed with Apple was a bad idea, about the same way that getting into bed with Amazon over ebooks was a bad idea for the Big Five publishers. Apple is de facto an investment bank, right now: all it needs is a banking license and the right back end and regulatory oversight and risk management and it will be able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Chase or Barclays or HSBC as a consumer bank, too” [Charlies Diary]. “And Apple has a verygood idea of how risky their customers’ behavior is because unlike the banks and the credit card settlement network they’re not running on incrementally upgraded legacy infrastructure designed in the 1950s.” Paging Clive…

VR and Pr0n: “Instead of being able to lose myself in the action, I found myself thinking about literally anything else besides sex (the ceilings, chiefly). Oh wow, I can look at the ceiling in this porno, I kept thinking” [Esquire].

“Polari [was] a secret language used by gay men in Britain at a time when homosexuality was illegal. Following a rapid decline in the 1970s, Polari has all but disappeared. But recently it’s been popping up again” [Atlas Obscura]. “Let us put our best lallie forward and with our eeks shining with hope, troll together towards the fantabulosa futurette!”

“F*ck Nuance*” (PDF) [Sociological Theory]. “Abstract: Seriously, f*ck it.”

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Readers, I still need to fix my fershuggeneh contact form! Hopefully noting that fact publicly will serve a lash and a spur to my endeavors. (Meanwhile, thanks to readers, who already have my email address, who sent in images of plants!)

See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. And here’s today’s plant (James H):


“A Heart-Leaved Twayblade.”

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.


    1. Arizona Slim

      Here in Tucson, a demonstration is about to start. Outside the Federal Courthouse on Congress Street near Interstate 10. The demonstration is against voter suppression and in favor of free and fair elections.

      Makes us sound like a Third World country, doesn’t it?

      1. Kim Kaufman

        Finally, people (some) are getting angry and public about this. Where were we all in 2000 (myself included)?

  1. Jim Haygood

    Never mind the declining taste of the global super-rich; what of the aspirational upper middle class?

    To be more specific, what happens if you spend twenty or thirty thousand on custom cabinetry with a paneled dog alcove, and then your recalcitrant pet refuses to use it (unlike the highly-paid, gleaming-toothed canine models in this photo, who were happy to smile for the camera):


    Likely one’s best hope in this troubling scenario is to install a Thomas Kinkade collectible painting on the back wall of the pet niche along with some added accent lighting, and hope that maybe the kids will play there.

  2. Garrett Pace

    fivethirtyeight: “All five of Sanders’s wins this week came in caucuses.”

    False. In Utah the Democratic caucus was only for local elections. Voters chose between presidential candidates primary-style. Tens of thousands of people voted for Clinton/Sanders and promptly left, before the caucus even began.

      1. Garrett Pace

        You’d think reality would have more defenders. Instead it’s just narratives spun off into the void of public consciousness. :(

  3. Synoia

    democracy, global integration and the nation state

    Choose two. We, engineers are expert at the two out of three choice system, as in fast, cheap and good — choose two.

    Management always chooses cheap, so the real choice is between fast and good, and management become the happy recipient of what it wants to hear, which is YES, you can have fast and good, at which point the politically correct up and leave the project for other projects which “need their help”.

    Leaving the worker in the happy 6 stages of project management (google it), which culminate in “Punishment of the Innocent.”

    In the case of “democracy, global integration and the nation state,” which one results in “punishment of the innocent….?”

    I’d choose the citizens, as in Austerity. Implying “democracy” becomes lip service (and are our leaders good a Lip Service? Well, I offer you Obama…..and the most transparent administration evah!

    1. Paul Tioxon

      I want you
      I need you
      But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
      Now don’t be sad
      Cause two out of three ain’t bad.

      You’ll never find your gold on a sandy beach
      You’ll never drill for oil on a city street
      I know you’re looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks
      But there ain’t no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack Box.

      Baby we can talk all night
      But that ain’t getting us nowhere.

      Lyrics by Meatloaf
      True love like freedom and liberty, will just break your heart. And what becomes of the broken hearted? Don’t get me started!

    2. Kurt Sperry

      Another similar engineering trilemma: light, strong or cheap; pick any two. It’s so true it hurts. This tripartite construction of choices often describes or models reality in an amazingly robust way.

    3. Bas

      It should be possible to cube that trilemma. Nation states may democratically decide to integrate.

      The problem lies in the democratic framework of the supranational entity. A single currency or even a Constitution doesn’t make a polity.

  4. TomD

    Regarding primaries vs caucuses, which states remaining have early voting? And which states have closed voting?

    It seems to me Hillary is sure to win those, while probably draw in states that have one or the other and Bernie will win those with neither.

    1. Left in Wisconsin

      Early voting in Wisconsin started last week and continues till a couple of days before the election on 4/5. It is an open primary (no need to declare party allegiance but can only vote in one primary, R or D) with same day registration. On the other hand, we now have an onerous Voter ID law that may reduce turnout.

      1. Tony S

        Imagine if the onerous Voter ID requirements wind up keeping Hillary voters away.

        Voter suppression is wrong, but that would be one delicious irony.

    2. Pat

      NY is a closed primary and doesn’t do early voting. Wisconsin is open, and apparently does have some early voting (along with a fairly easy absentee voting system).

      At least as far as open primaries you can check things out here:

    3. Kim Kaufman

      CA has both – early voting and open primaries. But there’s two months until June. Bernie’s numbers have never gone down – only up. After NY I assume he’ll be spending quality time in CA, a very big state.

  5. ekstase

    Nothing says Easter like a John Waters movie. I’m sure that just brought a tear to everyone’s eyes.

    1. clinical wasteman

      Could hardly be more fitting when the bigger picture is Desperate Living for most of us, versus “The Filthiest People Alive”.
      I would propose replacing “the 1%” henceforth with the scientifically validated “T.F.P.A.”.

      Admittedly these lines are from Female Trouble not Pink Flamingoes, but still:

      Donna Dasher [Lipstique Beauty Salon proprietor, phoning salon receptionist]: “Hello, Vikki? Would you fire Gator, please.”
      Vikki: “Of course, Mrs Dasher. What shall I say it’s for?”
      Donna Dasher: “Oh, no particular reason.”

      Upon which the freshly unemployed Gator announces that he’s moving to Detroit, “to be near the auto industry”.

      Happy sacrifice all round.

  6. diptherio

    Joke from the ancient Dutch man this morning:

    Q: Why does the Easter Bunny hide his eggs?

    A: Because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s been messing around with a chicken.

    1. Llewelyn Moss

      And by “His Tone”, Hellery means he has to stop speaking ‘Truths’ about her. Hahaha.
      She has changed from a Liar, to a Pathetic Liar.

      1. nippersdad

        Honestly, the guy has been almost too much of a gentleman. NO ONE who hires Nazis in this country should be allowed to slide on it. The woman is a flat out war criminal; that she/her staff do not realize just exactly how much worse it could be is just shocking to me.

        What kind of bubble do they inhabit?

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          I’ve become a single issue voter, like the abortion people. My issue is war. It looks to me like we will slither our way to a Hilary presidency (MSM, DNC, etc) so I’m hoping for a few unlikely scenarios:
          1. Bernie splits off and runs Independent, that siphons enough votes from Hilary to give Donald a chance.
          2. Donald selects Bernie as “Health Care and Campaign Finance Reform Czar” and that gives him a chance.
          Donald has said he wants a non-interventionist foreign policy; has questioned the purpose of NATO; has suggested negotiation not confrontation with Russia; has asked why we pay for 50,000 troops in South Korea (when one phone call from China can contain any N. Korea problems); has suggested neutrality between Israel and Palestine; and has stated the blindingly obvious on the Iraq War.
          Since Hilary is a Guaranteed Permanent War candidate who has never seen a war or military program she didn’t like, my bullet vote is for anyone or anything that stops her.

          1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

            With World Peace among brothers – and sisters – we all can be prosperous again.

            Many ‘we shall be prosperous again here in this country’ proposals leave one wonder if they come on the backs of people elsewhere.

            1. meeps

              Yes. World peace by definition can’t be had at the expense of the down- trodden. Maybe shifting away from prosperity toward abundance would yield more satisfactory results.

    2. Emma

      It was a top aide (a Mr Benenson) to Hillary who uttered this negative twaddle.
      Maybe Sanders SHOULD pick a different tone like Nbr 7….the darkest shade of gray.
      I think he’ll simply be pragmatic though and stick to Nbr 1…….One for all and all for one!

    3. jrs

      Waiting for Trumps gloves to come off is starting to feel like waiting for Godot at this point. But it’s going to happen any time (maybe strategically so as not to let Sanders benefit from it I guess)

      1. nippersdad

        I think that is exactly what is happening. Why tear her down now when there are large factions within the Democratic Party and Democratic leaning Independents who are willing to do it for him. She asked to be held accountable, she should have been more careful what she asked for.

        By the time Trump gets his chance, it won’t take much to sink her.

      2. Kurt Sperry

        Trump’s team–is there a Trump team, or is it just Mr. Big hipshooting and yee hawing like Yosemite Sam?–has to be praying to Mammon or Cthulu or whatever that Sander’s loses. Trump’s path to the White House runs straight through the tastefully highlighted Hillary Hairball of Despair, and there are no detours or alternate routes to be seen or found.

      3. Katniss Everdeen

        Why in the world would Trump want hillary to lose to Bernie? She is his dream opponent. Bernie is his nightmare.

        Considering Trump’s successful dispatch of his previous republican opponents, what is he going to say about Bernie? No one will believe Bernie’s “low-energy,” “Canadian,” “lyin’ ” or wears elevator shoes and suffers from dry-mouth. Crazy hair criticism–gone. Even wild animals (birds, anyway) love Bernie.

        Trade policy, big money donors, against the war in Iraq, “healthcare,” flip-flopping–nada. Nothing. For 30 years.

        Probably the worst thing Trump can say about Bernie is that he and his wife are wearing the same pair of Birkenstocks that they wore in the 60’s when they protested the denial of civil rights for “the blacks.” (Maybe even with SOCKS! How gauche!) They don’t support “entrepreneurship” and they don’t embrace “the ‘knowledge’ economy “–they won’t even buy a lousy pair of nike self-tying shoes.

        Bernie is an ad hominem dead end. hillary is a gold mine. And Trump has been successful, so far, as a one-trick, ad hominem pony.

    4. Arizona Slim

      Remember Margaret Thatcher? Do you think she would have refused to debate her Labour Party opponents because of their tone? I doubt it.

      Ditto for Golda Meir. Or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Or Angela Merkel. Or any other women who are or have been heads of state.

      Grow a thick skin, Hillary.

    5. Lambert Strether Post author

      Clinton calling for backup from the Tone Police? Hilarity ensues (especially from female #BernieBros, “all white” except PoC voters, et cetera, et cetera).

  7. barrisj

    Can’t help but believe that the HRC supporters within the DNC and the “superdelegates” are whistling past the graveyard whenever a news item surfaces regarding “FBI to question Clinton staff…”, or the like. Biggest joker in the primary deck is a Grand Jury convening re: private email server misuse, or, some really nasty business involving the Clinton Foundation. Given that the Clintons are – shall we say – “ethically challenged”, the chances of her campaign getting derailed over lapses in conduct coming back to bite her backside I would argue are quite good. Possibly Bernie Sanders may gain the nomination without the latter, but woe to Hills if any of these FBI investigations bring to light dubious or dicey practices on her or her husband’s part.

    1. NotTimothyGeithner

      There are two considerations beyond actually liking Hillary:

      -Hillary promised to make it rain and rebuild state parties. Never mind, Bill destroyed the party in the 90’s. I do believe there is a sense of buyers remorse and a belief Hillary can fund state parties. Obviously, TerryMac couldn’t win the state senate in Virginia despite his access because the Democrats gerrymandered the districts. Yes, Team Blue blamed gerrymandering when they were the ones who did it.

      -Sanders hasn’t won, and Hillary is vindictive. No one wants to be the first to break ranks.

    2. Pat

      I’m always amazed that HRC supporters are “she can handle anything they throw at her”. Think she can handle the Republicans and totally discount that Obama pretty much did not give them anything to impeach him over and they were left with obstruction. Meanwhile the Clintons do things that get other people arrested on a regular basis, she has more than one Congressional investigation focused on her already, and that yes people have been sent to prison for sending out information that was classified after they sent it out. Forget the clear line of influence peddling between the actions of her office and the donations to the Clinton Foundation that are coming out. If this woman gets elected (and yes I do believe Americans are that stupid), I really do want to see what the bookies make as her odds of getting out of office without being impeached and thrown out.

      So it isn’t just in the lead up to the primary or the general election where the hyenas will be ready to pounce, they will be there until they find a means to take her down. And yes her followers are delusional if they think Hillary Clinton is ready for this. She can’t even handle a grumpy old man pointing out that she has taken millions from bankers and hasn’t had a consistent policy except for war mongering in the 12 years she has been actively running for President.

      1. RUKidding

        What you said. It amazes me how HRC supporters get “upset” over what Sanders says, which is essentially true. I may well have missed something bc I don’t own a tv and listen to radio sparingly. I hear that Sanders has a stronger “tone” these days. Too bad, so sad, get used to it. What’s she gonna do when Trump goes up against her? Any “tone” that Sanders may have is gonna seem like a glowing endorsement in comparison to Trump.

        And yes vis Obama. Obama has remained squeaky clean, and one has to assume that he must be bc I cannot believe that the GOP would just not go after him hammer & tongs. For better or worse, HRC would assume office with a giant sucking boatload of giant sucking issues. I may or may not care about those issues (I reserve judgment at this point), but HRC supporters who blissfully discount these issues as “nothing” are living in a fool’s paradise and have their heads in the sand.

        It truly doesn’t matter what John or Jane Q. Voter thinks about Clinton’s indiscretions. Attacking someone like me – as I have been attacked on some blogs – for pointing out Clinton’s issues is a waste of time. *I* don’t matter.

        However, if anyone thinks that the GOP will just ignore these issues should HRC get elected… I mean: really???? You think the GOP won’t care and will just drop these investigations?? Really?

        I hate to say it, but I think Clinton will manage to get LESS done than Sanders potentially can bc I think there’s going to be a huge sh*t storm to investigate the life out of her (literally) and go for impeachment, if at all possible. GOP voters want to see her doing a Perp walk & wearing orange.

        Good luck is all I can say.

        1. jsn

          The elite has gotten everything they want for the last 36 years, 4 years of Clinton impeachment hearings will provide excellent cover for them to get the rest. What MSM calls grid lock is in fact a paper thin facade covering a vast looted territory that was once United States.

          1. RP

            Heads they win, tails you lose.

            Still going to be same congre$$.

            Over-under on wars started by POTUS 45 HRC is 1.5

        2. Massinissa

          “I hate to say it, but I think Clinton will manage to get LESS done than Sanders ”

          Thats a GOOD thing!! And do you know why thats a good thing?! Because all the things Hillary wants to ‘do’ are all Neoliberal!

          At least the things Sanders wants to do MIGHT be good things (Im not even entirely convinced, but its better than the alternative)

          1. different clue

            Ahh no. A President Clinton would sign every Free Trade Agreement that crosses her desk. That is getting something very bad done.

    3. Lambert Strether Post author

      Presumably there’s communication between the White House and the FBI on timing issues, because it’s hard to see Obama endorsing Clinton before an “all clear” signal. But if Obama endorses before the FBI all clear signal, it looks like he’s dictating the investigation’s outcome. But if Obama waits until after the FBI results, then they are dictating the timing, not he. Hard to believe all this won’t be resolved before the Democratic convention in July, but will it be resolved before the New York primary? California?

  8. ScottW

    Most comprehensive article I have read on the Clinton email server. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/how-clintons-email-scandal-took-root/2016/03/27/ee301168-e162-11e5-846c-10191d1fc4ec_story.html

    “In early March, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell delivered a memo with the subject line “Use of Blackberries in Mahogany Row.”

    “Our review reaffirms our belief that the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the use of Blackberries in the Mahogany Row [redacted] considerably outweigh the convenience their use can add,” the memo said.

    He emphasized: “Any unclassified Blackberry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving e-mails, and exploiting calendars.”

    Nine days later, Clinton told Boswell that she had read his memo and “gets it,” according to an email sent by a senior diplomatic security official. “Her attention was drawn to the sentence that indicates (Diplomatic Security) have intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her recent trip to Asia,” the email said.

    But Clinton kept using her private BlackBerry — and the basement server.”

    Aside from criminal prosecution, what other government employee engaging in such reckless behavior would be able to keep a security clearance?

    1. ScottW

      Some takeaways from the Clinton email server scandal per the Post’s article:

      1. No State Department head (probably no government employee) ever exclusively used a private email server for both private and public email messages.
      2. The private server was not encrypted for two months after Sec. of State Clinton commenced using it.
      3. The individual in charge of “security” and maintenance of the server originally installed it for the Clinton Foundation and other private family email users.
      4. That same individual was hired at State to “moonlight” in maintaining Clinton’s private server. Experts claim a team of people is needed to run such a site. The three supervisors of this individual at State did not even know he was working on Clinton’s private server.
      5. Clinton was told early on she should not (nor should any government employee) use her private Blackberry for State business. She was warned it could be hacked into and used as a listening device. She said she understood. She nevertheless continued using it throughout her tenure at home and abroad.
      6. When the first FOIA for her email messages was initially submitted she responded there were none.
      7. Only after the Benghazi controversy heated up, did she admit there were over 30,000 email messages concerning State Dept. Business. She unilaterally concluded another 30,000 plus emails were private. Side note–public officials normally don’t have the luxury of deciding where email messages are public business, as opposed to private matters.
      8. She stated there were no classified documents on the private email survivor.
      9. Over 2,000 classified documents were found on the server. Clinton claimed they were all classified after the fact. This is not true. A unspecified number were in fact classified (or of higher classification) at the time they landed on her server.
      10. Clinton’s claim of convenience in using one device relates to the 7th floor at State in which she worked. They offered to put in a terminal for her to check and send private email messages from her 7th floor office. Clinton does not use desktop computers and declined the work around.
      11. Clinton did what Clinton wanted to do despite FOIA regulations, security concerns, etc. She wanted to bring her private Blackberry into her office and use a single device abroad. And that is exactly what she did.

      Any other government official engaging in such widespread misconduct would be fired, possibly prosecuted and would lose her security clearance.

      1. dcblogger

        for what it is worth, the email story got a banner headline on today’s Washington Post. But the Washington Post has cried wolf so many times RE the Clintons that I am not sure that local readers will care.

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          Anyone who still thinks the Global Permanent War Billionaire Elite is still subject to the rule of law has not been paying attention.
          As Hilary Antoinette recently stated: “there is no chance”.

      2. Jim Haygood

        Biased source, but good legal advice:

        Judge Andrew Napolitano asserted that the 147 FBI agents who have been working on the [Hillary email] case for more than a year “have a mountain of evidence” that they are “now ready to test.”

        Yet Clinton’s former aides do have a choice of whether or not they want to succumb to the FBI’s interviews should they take place.

        “If they go in, they’re not under oath, but it’s very, very dangerous, because if they mislead or lie to the FBI, that’s a felony — the equivalent to perjury — and they can be prosecuted,” Napolitano said. “And they do not know, and their lawyers do not know, what the FBI knows about them.”


        Any competent lawyer will advise Hillary’s aides to exercise their right to remain silent. They have nothing to gain, and plenty to lose, from talking to the FBI.

        1. Kurt Sperry

          Sanders and the Republicans would be nuts not to raise holy hell should Hillary & co. refuse to be interviewed. It isn’t an admission of guilt, but it is. A judge told me once off the record that if a defense attorney doesn’t let his client testify, it means 95+% *they* believe their client is guilty of the charges brought. Just in case I ever get called to jury duty on a criminal trial you know. You of course really aren’t supposed to make that assumption, but it’s still a fair one to make. You never let a client you think or know is guilty talk unless there is no other way.

          Hillary’s in a tough spot if she clams up and refuses an FBI interview, she can’t really defend herself in public and that makes her fair game and wide open for attack. That’s the moment to go for the kill in the court of public opinion, holding nothing back. If she doesn’t have the nomination completely, mathematically wrapped up when that happens, she’s probably toast before the general election even begins and Sanders is the nominee. The timing of the investigation is critical.

          Or imagine this: Hillary is indicted having mathematically wrapped up the nomination, but not having named a veep. What does the DNC do then? Or if she has named a veep and has to remove herself, what then? Does her veep take her place on the ballot? Is the primary thrown in the bin and someone chosen by the party insiders? None of this is improbable stuff to consider I think. Do we have any useful precedents to draw on?

      3. Lambert Strether Post author

        That’s a very cogent summary. And we can expect Clinton to behave in exactly the same way in office — “Do what she wants to do.” TPP, Grand Bargain, War in Wherever, etc. Despite all the verbiage.

  9. Clive

    Re: … because unlike the banks and the credit card settlement network they’re (Apple) not running on incrementally upgraded legacy infrastructure designed in the 1950s.

    Hmm. Would be nice if it were true. Unfortunately ApplePay is just another layer of complexity which has inserted itself into the teetering edifice that is the legacy card payments infrastructure.

    It adds the potential instability, not removes it.

    In fact, the additional features which are now required in the Point of Sale terminals and card acquirer back-ends to support ApplePay’s requirement to handle virtualisation of the physical card also makes them costlier to produce and support — and yet another thing to have to include in the test pack/scripts for any changes such as bug fixes and security patches.

    Probably unfair to single out just Apple. GooglePay is just as bad in that respect.

    1. notabanker

      “all it needs is a banking license and the right back end and regulatory oversight and risk management and it will be able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Chase or Barclays or HSBC ”

      LOL, and all I need is 999,999,999 dollars to be a billionaire. Apple, Google or Amazon are never going to expose themselves to regulatory oversight and risk management, regardless (or maybe especially because) of their technology. People who write this kind of stuff do not understand the real world complexities of having to genuinely satisfy these two areas. It will literally put their business models at risk for very little reward. They don’t even want to deal with the EU Trade Commission. Wait until they have the Fed, PRA, MAS and HKMA looking at every nook and cranny of their operations.

      Clive’s comments above are spot on. Apple wants to own the consumer buying pattern. They don’t need to be a bank to do that. They are only worried about one side of the ledger.

  10. Jim Haygood

    What the meaning of ‘is’ is [from the WaPo’s “How the Clinton Email Scandal Took Root” article]:

    Early on June 17, 2011, Clinton grew impatient as she waited for “talking points” about a sensitive matter that had to be delivered via a secure line.

    “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it,” Sullivan wrote his boss.

    Clinton told him to take a shortcut.

    “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” she said.

    Clinton spokesman Fallon said she was not trying to circumvent the classification system.

    “What she was asking was that any information that could be transmitted on the unclassified system be transmitted,” he said. “It is wrong to suggest that she was requesting otherwise.”

    Or as Hillary’s mentor Dick Nixon allegedly told Bob Haldeman, “We could do that, Bob. But it would be wrong, that’s for sure.”

    With 147 FBI agents beavering away on the investigation, one would be surprised if they don’t turn up some capital offenses.

    1. Pat

      Hey, he picked her to run the party after Donna Brazile did such a bang up job /s. And I note he did not insist on her turning her resignation after the disastrous 2014 midterms, something that should have happened if winning elections is the goal of your party. Not to mention the fact that Democratic Party has had a disastrous record of fundraising during her term. There comes a point when sensible people have to admit that the point of the Democratic Party as it is currently is not to get people elected who support Democratic Party values as the public understand them, but to elect as few Democrats as possible and only those that will toe the line of the shadow party that bears no resemblance to that of one sold to the public.

      That her stands should appall any Democrat on several subjects aside, she still had to be rewarded for her ‘stellar’ service to the party.

      1. Screwball

        Donna’s crocodile tears the day Bernie swept the west were quite obvious.

        Carlin’s “The American Dream” seems more accurate every day.

  11. neo-realist

    If Bernie gets aggressive in NY State, he needs to make sure that he makes a strong appearance among black people in NYC, e.g., a stump speech in Brooklyn or Manhattan–Harlem, among black political supporters and those black pols on the fence; something at least symbolic to make a statement to black voters. The fumes of Bill Clinton’s celebrity connection w/ black folks (used to have an office in Harlem) and Hillary’s friendship w/ Russell Simmons:) may end up seducing a black majority, but Bernie needs a good turnout from blacks in the city, even if he doesn’t get a majority, to have a shot at winning the primary.

    1. Pat

      Since he is apparently approaching this like a gubernatorial election here. I’m betting there will be a couple of events like that. Despite being a closed primary, the fact that there is no early voting is going to help him a lot here.

      Where I think he will be strongest is in upstate NY. I’m pretty damn sure that most of the state besides NYC, Westchester and Long Island will be Bernie country with very little difficulty at all. The other three are doable, but between the bankers and the neo-liberal “liberals” that abound there, it could be like Cuomo who eked out his win with them. Hopefully more than a few people who got fooled by him have finally woken up. (And seriously how much does it take for people to get that when two of the three men in a room get indicted and convicted the third is also a problem!?!)

      1. mle-nevin

        There’s Upstate NY (lots of college towns along the Thruway corridor) where Bernie should do pretty well. Then there’s Way Upstate NY (small populations in the Adirondacks and along the Northway corridor between Saratoga and Plattsburgh). It’s my understanding that disaffected conservative Vermonters have moved across Lake Champlain to NY, so Way Upstate may not be so good for him.

        1. aab

          Disaffected how? I grew up in southern Vermont and my parents retired to the Northeast Kingdom, so I’m really curious about this. I know that lots of conservative Vermonters in the Northeast Kingdom LOVE Bernie — real native, rural, working class voters. Are these disaffected movers retired summer people (aka Flatlanders) from the city? I have lived in Southern California for decades, and find some of hipster Vermont culture too twee (like being told the name and date of birth of the steak on my plate), but that’s not Bernie stylz.

          It’s hard to imagine that enough Dean type Vermonters have moved to upstate NY to change the outcome there.

        2. Mark Alexander

          I saw a few “Take Back Vermont” signs on houses for a few years after I moved here in 2009. But my understanding was that this was mostly a response to gay marriage legalization. So that may be the source of this “disaffection”.

      2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        If Bernie can land successful on the beaches of Manhattan, breach Hillary’s Atlantic Wall Street, I think Tecumseh Sanders can march all the way to California.

        For Hillary, she will need to throw all her Panzer division in, not have them in reserve.

        Rommel would have done the same.

      3. inode_buddha

        Just speaking up from the Buffalo area here. Most everyone here is either Trump or Sanders. He would do very well to speak to the racial issues as well and strongly about the Rust Belt issues. We do have our share of Repub/Conservative base but they are mostly elderly, white, rich, and very, very afraid.

        Buffalo was hit very hard by globalization, and it only served to exacerbate/widen the race and income issues. There is hope in the fact that those at the bottom are color-blind around here.

    2. cwaltz

      I’m hoping he’s addressing Wisconsin. He needs to narrow her lead some more before NY. Wisconsin would be a great opportunity to do that particularly if they have an open primary.

      I also don’t understand why it is showing Pennsylvania leaning so strongly Clinton. It’s has a large working class electorate. Those voters should lean Bernie.

      1. Uahsenaa

        Wisconsin has an open primary and same day registration, but they also have a very new, extremely onerous voter ID law specially designed to suppress voter turnout. So, it’s a mixed bag.

        1. Lambert Strether Post author

          True. OTOH, Democrats have to remember how the national party (and Obama in particular) did squat for them when they were fighting Walker tooth and nail. Hard to see how the DNC would have much credibility?

          1. Left in Wisconsin

            There is no organized, established Democratic Party in Wisconsin. The previous D gov, Jim Doyle, knee-capped everyone below his pay grade that was potentially a threat to his Obama-like corporate centrism. And the Dems that held or hold national office, esp Feingold and Tammy Baldwin, also the detestable Ron Kind, are all me-firsters who have done nothing to strengthen the party at the state level. The new Executive Director of Wis Dems is a wealthy, former Target executive from Sheboygan (the vast majority of the states’ Dems are in Milwaukee and Madison) who was not even a party member until a year ago (not that that is a flaw, just a sign of how little organizational capacity is or was there.) She won out over a corporate LGBT activist who is a political consult in a firm run by a right-winger that serves both sides of the aisle. The WisDem staff that is now out has basically decamped to the administration of Milwaukee County Exec, Chris Abele, who is a trust-fund DINO. Interestingly, Abele is in a tough re-election campaign for his officially non-partisan office (the office previously held by Scott Walker before he became Gov) against Chris Larsen, a liberal State Senator, who has been endorsed by our nascent Working Family Parties state branch. That election is also on primary day.

          2. Left in Wisconsin

            Which is all just to say that there is no Dem from the state whose support carries any weight. Nor have I seen any major Dem from outside the state here who might be influential.

    3. MsExPat

      In Brooklyn, there is strong support for Bernie in the large Haitian community, which has had firsthand and painful experience of what kind of “work” the Clintons can “get done”

  12. PlutoniumKun

    Re: Easter roundup.

    The Gene Kerrigan article is excellent. For background, he is a long established left wing writer who has managed to maintain a long term gig in a right wing paper – partly so the paper can claim to be balanced (the Irish newspaper market is too small for newspapers to be too niche politically), and partially because he is such an entertaining writer.

    He is, of course, exactly right about the Rising. It became traditional – among left and right in Ireland – to decry the 1916 revolutionaries as being too obsessed with blood sacrifice and to have been little more than killers in a desperate attempt to separate the establishment from the IRA. It is true of course that the revolutionaries had little real support in the country, and they were a rag bag of nationalist dreamers, socialists revolutionaries and more radical minded republicans (in the French tradition). But when the mainstream Irish nationalists were sending tens of thousands of Irishmen to their deaths on the Western Front for the sole purpose of hoping the British would reward Ireland with Home Rule (i.e. cosy little sinecures for the Irish establishment), it is perverse to accuse the revolutionaries of a blood lust. They were responsible for far fewer deaths than the ‘respectable’ nationalist establishment.

  13. rich

    Pharmaceutical Companies Hiked Price on Aid in Dying Drug

    When California’s aid-in-dying law takes effect this June,
    terminally ill patients who decide to end their lives could be faced with a hefty bill for the lethal medication. It retails for more than $3,000.

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the drug most commonly used in physician-assisted suicide, doubled the drug’s price last year, one month after California lawmakers proposed legalizing the practice.

    “It’s just pharmaceutical company greed,” said David Grube, a family doctor in Oregon, where physician-assisted death has been legal for 20 years.


    1. Kurt Sperry

      Any street level heroin dealer could supply a fast, effective, and humane lethal OD for pennies on each of those 3000 dollars. Also, why do states have so much trouble with lethal injection when any suicidal rock star certainly doesn’t? How stupid are physicians anyway?

      1. Jim Haygood

        I wondered the same thing, when reading this NYT article about Fentanyl:

        Fentanyl … is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine. A tiny bit can be fatal.

        In New Hampshire, fentanyl alone killed 158 people last year; heroin killed 32.


        In a small state like New Hampshire, 158 fatal overdoses is a stunning toll.

    2. jhallc

      If I recall from a documentary on assisted suicide, a tank of Helium from the “Party Store” and a plastic bag works runs about $29.99. They said it was a very peaceful way to go and 100x’s cheaper.

      1. B1whois

        I followed up on this recently, and you have to actually be careful that the helium has not been mixed with less lethal gases. Do research before you proceed. Yeah, I looked into it, but now I’m living in Uruguay instead.

  14. upstater

    THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY: rail privatisation and after

    Rail privatization was also on Blair’s watch. Network Rail collapsed, was taken over by the government. Same was the east coast services, I believe.

    1. windsock

      Rail privatisation was actually pushed through under John Major (post Thatcher). Blair inherited the mess.

  15. Chauncey Gardiner

    Re: … “Politics is grappling with what the economist Dani Rodrik has called an “inescapable trilemma”: the ability to have any two of democracy, global integration and the nation state, but not all three simultaneously.” [Guardian]

    Noam Chomsky said several decades ago that capitalism and democracy are irreconcilable. And isn’t that the issue underlying “global integration”?

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      I feel, by what I have personally experience (and so, this is not Argument from Authority…in fact, not a rational argument at all, but a feeling, if that can be an argument), that capitalism is irreconcilable with many things.

      1. pretzelattack

        now that i’ve seen an unregulated capitalism in action, i’m starting to think of it as a kind of cancer.

    2. tegnost

      Thanks for clearing it up for me, chauncey, I’ve been thinking the dems problems are that they have gone full “global integration”, but they still need us to vote for their agenda, now i understand why hillary came to be, “they’ve” clearly chosen global integration and nation state, and we’re hanging on for democracy and nation state (I personally don’t care about global integration).

  16. JTMcPhee

    “Cities begin to challenge a bedrock of justice: They’re paying criminals not to kill”

    One wonders if that kind of money-helicoptering could not be deployed with some success to intermediate and maybe deter the larger scale killing that our Captains of Industry and Battlespace Managers and idiot Kill List Pres-o-dents and various Presidents-For-Life… Like maybe a great international Fund For Parasites, that would guarantee a lovely lifelong existence on some distant island for the Camerons and Clintons and Assads and such like creatures, in exchange for their withholding their penchant for murderous violence.. Nah, it didn’t work for Napoleon, there’s no satisfaction in mere pleasure unless you can kill a few thousands or millions on a whim, with impunity.

    1. sleepy

      Wow, thanks, that was amazing. What came over those two? Calling the dem primaries a “Hillary coronation” and dissing Bernie’s treatment by the media? And they really seemed to mean what they said. I’d never have thunk it.

      I’d urge everyone to watch.

    2. Kurt Sperry

      “Selected content is currently unavailable” MSNBC Sanders media blackout in full effect. Even their own hires aren’t exempt. The Subaru commercial doesn’t have any problems playing.

      1. B1whois

        I got through, even though I didn’t let them “uniquely identify” my device to play “premium content”…

  17. steelhead23

    I was a bit surprised by the ‘flat’ auto sales figure. Last time I financed a car, the standard auto loan was 36 months. Now, they’re more like 60 months. With 85 percent of new cars and 54 percent of used car sales financed, the industry is hugely dependent on finance – and with defaults beginning to soar it may not be too long before flatline sounds good. It seems very likely that the high yield bond market is going to implode – PDQ.

    1. Katniss Everdeen

      And “finance” is “hugely dependent” on securitization.

      Bad loans will kill you if you keep them on the books.

      Everybody “wins” except for the pension funds…..er…….”investors.”

  18. Soulipsis

    Did anyone notice in Bernie’s Young Turks interview Weds. Mar 25, the laundry list of demands he’s planning to make to SHillary if he loses and must bring his base over to her — DOES NOT ANYMORE INCLUDE breaking up the TBTF banks!

    1. crittermom

      I can’t find the interview but if its subscribers only I can’t watch it anyway as I’m far, far below poverty level since the banksters stole my home. I don’t subscribe to anything (but do manage to send a small donation to Bernie’s campaign every week).

      Bernie had previously said he was gonna take on the TBTJ banks on day one if elected.
      I sincerely hope he still intends to do that.
      As a victim, I’m counting on it!
      If he in any way sides up with Hellary, he will have lost credibility & the movement may die, IMO.

      If anyone can find that speech of his again, saying so many mths ago………….?
      Maybe he just forgot to add that to the supposedly already long list I’m hearing about?

      PLEASE, say it isn’t so!

      1. Kulantan

        I can’t see an offical transcript, but its the minute starting here and here is my own attempt at a transcribing the question:

        Cenk Uygur: If you are going to ask for policy positions, as you’ve just indicated, what are the policy positions that you would want?

        Bernie Sanders: I want Secretary Clinton, if she is the nominee, to come out for a Medicare for All, single payer health care system. I want fifteen bucks an hour as the minimum wage. I want to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure; Flint, Michigan is not the only community in America that doesn’t have safe drinking water. Our roads, bridges, rail system is in disrepair. I want a vigorous effort to address climate change. I mean, I am very worried, I mean I talk to these scientists, this planet is in serious danger. You cannot cuddle up to the fossil fuel industry, you gotta take them on and also what is resonating and I believe very important; making public collages tuition free, wall street tax on speculation to pay for that, ending all these corporate loopholes. Also some little demands would make it in.

        1. neo-realist

          Would have also been nice if he also called for the removal of DWS as head of the DNC. Dems have lost congressional seats left and right under her leadership and its time to get somebody who will do a better job of recruiting and supporting electable democratic candidates to congress to better support the legislation of a democratic president.

  19. Cry Shop

    Class Warfare / The Private Prison Industry Strikes Back

    With bipartisan criminal-justice reform ramping up, which could drastically cut overall inmate populations, logic might suggest that the private-prison industry would be on its heels. It’s not. Because what does any good business do when its customer base shrinks? It widens its net, of course.

    Violence not only pays, Violence pays best.

    1. Jim Haygood

      It’s more akin to graft:

      Private interests operate nine of the 10 largest federal detention centers, with a Congressional mandate requiring at least 34,000 immigrants be housed daily

      The Gang of Eight — the group of senators tasked with writing 2013’s comprehensive immigration-reform bill — received especially handsome campaign contributions; Gang of Eight member Sen. John McShame (R-Az) is the fourth highest career recipient of CCA campaign cash.

      But yeah, some of the CCA guards might fantasize they’re at Gitmo or something, kicking terrists in the nuts.

      McShame faces a credible rival this year, who could finally end his chequered career for good:

      Early polls show McShame tied with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), at around 40 percent despite having nearly 100-percent name recognition in the state he has represented in either the Senate or House since 1983.


      1. Cry Shop

        Graft too is a classic tool of Class warfare, that of the insiders (the beltway) vs. the outsiders (the slobs) and it take the monopoly on institutional violence on display here to make it work.

  20. B1whois

    I was able to determine my registration status in Sacramento California in less than one minute using this link and it looks like it works for the whole country!

  21. bern jenkins

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