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Is Clinton Bought By Wall Street? There Is A Test For That

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Clinton can also demand that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) do the same for all public corporations it oversees. Make them disclose contributions to candidate super PACS, as well as "dark money" groups, "think tanks," even so-called "charities" that actually support candidates and ideologies. All of it. Right now.

Clinton can pledge (not promise) to do those things once she takes office.

Clinton can pledge not to bring Wall Street people through the "revolving door" into the upper ranks of government. At all. Especially, but not limited to, people moving from Goldman Sachs into positions of influence over government policies.

Clinton can also pledge to ban anyone working for her administration from leaving government for any position with any Wall Street corporation if that position pays significantly more than what they make now, including all compensation, stock, perks, whatever, for at least five years.

There are probably dozens of other things Clinton can pledge to do to clean up government. Please suggest some in the comments.

So Far on TPP

So far, Clinton has not passed any of the "tests" suggested in "Does Clinton Really Oppose TPP? There Is A Test For That." She has not actively and boldly lobbied against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling and visiting and working to convince the representatives and senators who voted for fast-track trade authority to vote against TPP. She has not appeared at anti-TPP rallies. She has not spoken out against TPP at her own campaign events. She has not expressed opposition on radio and TV interviews. She has not worked to rally the media and public in opposition. She has not said Democrats in Congress who vote for TPP will be out of favor, will not receive reelection support, not get a job in her administration if she is elected. She has not declared that her administration will fight to overturn the bad trade deals and policies that got us into this mess.

The TPP post closed, "To close the enthusiasm gap she needs to stop just talking like a progressive and start acting like one -- and demonstrating to people that she means it. Clinton is going to have to make it clear that she wants TPP to be stopped and she is going to have to join the front lines of the fight to stop it -- or voters won't believe her."

She hasn't, and now many opponents of TPP don't believe her when she says she is with them.

Clinton is going to have to make it clear that she wants Wall Street influence over our government stopped and reversed, and she is going to have to join the front lines of the fight to stop it -- or voters won't believe her.

Will she?

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