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Will Hillary Take Plutocratic 'Clinton, Inc.' Global?

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"It's the Clintons, stupid." That answers the question, "what will be national center stage if Hillary gets nominated"? Or course, if HC keeps pumping out unforced errors (book tour gaffes, lies they exited the WH "dead broke," or this week's zero-upside, personal email kerfuffle), look for descent in the handicapping to "it's the stupid Clintons."

Move over phony Benghazi, Bill's folly with zipless sex and stained dresses, or HC's sham bravery on the tarmac: the "presumptive" Democratic nominee grabs star billing in her own rousing series, "The Hero of a Thousand Escapes." What other celebrity political duo instantly transforms any election into melodrama at best, family intrigue at worse, rife with influence peddling, suspect donations, policy failures (NAFTA, health care), strategic blunders (Libya, Syria, China), and bungled secrecy that inevitably gets unmasked?

The greatest downside to President Hillary is elevation of first female whose gender novelty promises no jolts to the grievous status quo nor confrontation to the plutocracy that funds it (and her). By and large, Obama's donor base reflected regional Midwest interests (finance, farming, seed companies, nuclear energy). Dubya defended extraction industries, chemical polluters and the Bush crowd's ties to Saudi oil and reactionary governments.

But Hillary's range (and clients) are something new and more dangerous: riding Bill's immense, well-heeled domestic and international springboards (and world popularity), on full display at the $2 billion Clinton Foundation, she added her own sterling business facilitation at State. The Foundation's Global Initiative hunts up, pitches and aligns foreign government-NGO projects with for-profit corporate partners, boasting a mere 3200 "Commitments to Action."

As cheerleader for American interests, Secretary of State Clinton likewise facilitated masterful sweetheart alliances for the likes of GE, Microsoft, Exxon and Boeing. For some, business scores dramatize the paucity of her diplomatic wins. Appreciation in cash celebrated such marriages as foreign and domestic powerhouses banked Clinton, Inc.'s charity, smacking of sales commissions paid without legal penalties (tens of millions from Saudi Arabia, Australia and others since 1999). And the handsome multiple payoff: all dealmakers bask in the Foundation's admittedly good work.

Global Marriages that Bind the Rich

Just what any badly-conflicted, war-torn world culture needs: an organizing team of general partner who functions as marriage broker. After all, Senator Clinton didn't hide her "commitments to action," supporting Big Banks (in New York, where everything's too big to fail), Big Oil (Keystone, offshore drilling and fracking), and countless Pentagon suppliers profiting big time from her McCain-like war cries. Who better to expand, even rationalize today's plutocracy and defend global capitalism?

Forget campaigning to fix domestic fractures from class warfare, Wall Street corruption, righteous Yankee militarism, or taxing the richest just to squeeze some trickle downward. Forget "audacity of hope" when the "audacity of Clinton" pledges to bridge booming worldwide corporatism. What entity, other than Rockefeller family global reach, prepared us for Clinton, Inc.'s lust to seize the reigns of history? And why not, "it's the future," to echo Chinatown.

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