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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Corporate Welfare

Add this to list of reasons why Hillary does not deserve the nomination:

This photo running on today's Associated Press wire shows Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) laughing it up with Goldman Sachs' CEO at the celebration of the groundbreaking of the company's new New York City headquarters. I wonder if they are laughing about how much New York's politicians sold out New York taxpayers by giving away hundreds of millions of dollars to the company, which is one of the wealthiest in the world? Because boy, at a time of federal, state, and local deficits, that's really hilarious, isn't it?

Here's what I'm talking about: Goldman Sachs managed to use its well-oiled political machine to actually get New York officials to hand over hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate welfare for the company - one of the richest in the world - to build its new headquarters. This, at a time when the federal, New York state, and New York city governments face massive budget deficits.

If she gets the Democratic nomination we have no other rational choice but to send our vote her way. But clearly, before the primaries, we should aim higher than the lesser of evils.

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