Liberal Democrats like to talk about the foolishness of rank-and-file Republicans who vote against their economic interests.
But I think this is no less true of liberal Democrats themselves. The Obama administration, as much or more than the Bush administration, is committed to furthering the interests of Fortune 500 CEOs and Wall Street bankers at the expense of the general public.
And a Hillary Clinton administration, based on her record and her sources of support, would be no different.
Just one example, out of many, is Obama’s and Clinton’s support for the Trans Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements that limit the ability of governments to legislate to protect labor, public health and the environment.
The chart from the Center for Responsive Politics shows the affiliations of her top campaign contributors from 1999 to the present.
They are all connected with Wall Street banks, corporate law firms and Fortune 500 companies, except for Emily’s List, which supports women and feminist candidates.
She is a rich woman because of six-figure fees she received from Wall Street financial firms for giving speeches. I don’t think they would have paid such fees except in gratitude for favors rendered in the past and expectations of more favors in the future.
Now she has expressed concern about economic inequality and concentration of wealth at the top, but I think her associations, her sources of campaign funding and her record are better guides to her thinking than her campaign rhetoric.
This is not to say that there are no disagreements between Democrats and Republicans on economic policy. But I think these disagreements reflect disagreements among the corporate elite.
The Koch brothers have a different political philosophy than Bill Gates. Some members of the economic and financial elite are willing to do things to alleviate economic distress, and others aren’t, but neither will tolerate a candidate that threatens their economic and political power.
I make this argument to my fellow liberal Democrats, and the answer I get is, “Nobody’s perfect.”