I am a native Iowan, a Hayseed and proud of it. Born and raised in
Iowa City, one of the most vibrant college
towns in America, my family
moved to in the mid 1950's. Being born in 1946, I
was a first year Baby Boomer. Ottumwa
City was young, vibrant, stimulating, and full of opportunity, was the other end
of the spectrum. In the late 1800's it
was a booming coal capital, followed by a meatpacking capital in the early 20th
century, and manufacturing (John Deere) center in the middle of the 20th
|The Coal Palace|
In each of the three periods in
history, the coal, meatpacking, and farm equipment manufacturing eras, that
industry dominated the employment base and each period came to a crashing end. Ottumwa
|Abandoned Morrell Plant|
More than 22,000 people lived in
in 1910 and population peaked with 33,631 in 1950 and 33,871 in 1960. Like many Midwestern towns, the population
has dropped to 24,682 in 2014, leaving the city today with the fewest people since
To show the sharp contrast between towns in
Iowa, my hometown Iowa City did not catch up with the Ottumwa
population until 1960, but where Ottumwa has
lost nearly 30% of the population since 1960, has more than doubled in population
during the same period to 73,415. Iowa City
However, I did want to make sure the
voters have all the facts before they caucus next Monday and begin the long
grind to the presidency and the replacement for Barack Obama. It was eight years ago Barack Obama pulled
off the first of many upsets when he won 38% of the Iowa delegates while
Hillary Clinton finished third with 27%. Iowa
So what about this year, Bernie Sanders came out of nowhere to challenge the Democrat front-runner and consensus favorite, Hillary Clinton, wife of popular Democrat President Bill Clinton. To date Sanders, an Independent Socialist running for president as a Democrat, has driven the Democrat establishment crazy and is in a dead heat going into the final lap.
However, the Democrat establishment including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama are doing everything in their power to tilt the contest to Hillary and the big question is why?
The answer may be simpler than you think.
Two words mark the difference between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns. They might be Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, Big Banks, Dirty Money, Puppet Masters, Corporate Corruption, or any and all of the above.
Here is an overview of the history. Way back, when Bill Clinton was president and being impeached for excessive womanizing, to put it mildly, Goldman Sachs came to his rescue helping to raise millions of dollars to silence some of his victims and to pay off
Seven Million Dollar legal fees. Clinton
left office, he became the poster boy for Goldman Sachs as the regulatory initiatives passed his
last two years in office opened the floodgates to corporate corruption and led
to the economic collapse of our nation in 2008.
The Goldman Sachs team raised tens of millions of dollars for Bill and
his Foundation. Clinton
One of the chief appointees and fundraisers for President Clinton was Rahm Emanuel, a director for Goldman Sachs and who would soon be a Congressman. It was Emanuel, who got Goldman Sachs to back an unknown
Obama when he ran for US Senate, and amid very suspicious circumstances won election
and took office in 2006. Chicago
After Emanuel helped Obama become the largest recipient of Wall Street campaign contributions in history as he won the 2008 presidency, Rahm became Obama's chief of staff while dozens of Goldman employees took key economic positions in the Obama administration.
Now Emanuel, embattled Mayor of
is tied to Hillary and the Democratic establishment having hosted major
fundraisers for her. His Chicago connection from
the mid 1990s and his ability to get both Hillary and Bill as the poster family
for Goldman Sachs speak volumes. Clinton
Two Bill Clinton legacies generally forgotten by the Democrats and media, first more Americans were jailed during Bill Clinton's presidency than George Bush and Ronald Reagan combined, and second his regulatory revisions his last year in office allowed the thieves on Wall Street to destroy the American economy.
However, that is only the beginning.
Consider the following facts. First Hillary pledges to be the advocate for low income, financially starved citizens. In this respect, she says the top one percent wage earners who make most of the money in
, along with their Wall
Street banks and brokerages, are the enemy. America
WHAT THE TOP 1% MAKE IN
For a fee of $275,000, Hillary agreed to appear before the clients of GoldenTree Asset Management, the capstone of a lucrative speech making sprint through Wall Street that would earn her more than $2 million in less than seven months.
Goldman Sachs paid Hillary $675,000 for three speeches.
Hillary made $16 million in five years from Wall Street while holding a government job during part of the time.
Bill and Hillary Clinton made $30 million in the last 16 months from Goldman and Wall Street not counting millions more given to the Clinton Foundation.
Since Bill left office in 2001, Bill and Hillary made $125 million.
Bill Clinton got paid $500,000 for one speech.
Hillary got paid $350,000 for a single speech.
The Hillary and Bill couple made $25 million in speaking fees in just the last year.
During this time including when Hillary was Secretary of State, hundreds of millions of dollars went to the
family Foundation. Clinton
The real facts sound like she is a defender and benefactor of Wall Street rather than an enemy. Ever since both
left public office, they were full
fledged members of the 1% thanks to the largess of Goldman Sachs and Wall
Hillary the defender of Children for five decades!
This is the most recent ad placed by the
campaign tracing her interest in protecting children over the years. Of course, she is also the defender of
Planned Parenthood and the Right to Choice for women. Clinton
That means for the past four decades she has defended the Roe versus Wade decision, which also means she is a supporter of the 58 million abortions that have taken place in
the passage of Roe versus Wade in 1973. America
Of that amount, 34.4% are African American though they make up only 12.6% of the
population. Hispanics have 25% of
abortions versus 16.3% of the population.
What does that mean? Tragically,
it means the abortion of twenty million African American children, fourteen and
a half million Hispanic children, and twenty-three and a half million White
That is another side of the Hillary hypocrisy.
Perhaps Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when it comes to abortion.
"The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” How can the “Dream” survive if we murder the children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate."