Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Last Paid Speech

Hillary Clinton with Goldman Sachs CEO

Some of you may already know that Hillary Clinton has a terrible record on foreign guestworker visas, overtly supporting the Infosyses... Here are a few emails from Norman Saul Matloff, an American professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis:

But the latest bombshell revelation that comes from the Daily Kos is mind boggling. According to the article (dated February 21, 2016), Clinton received $225,000 for a speech before a most unlikely audience: the American Camp Association. Remarkably, this was 10% of the organization’s annual budget; so what did they want from Hillary Clinton? The answer turns out to be that their member camps hire young foreign workers as summer counselors under the J-1 visa program.

Via Bloomberg News (March 19, 2015) Hillary Clinton spoke to the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey’s Tri-State CAMP Conference, and described it as her last paid speech before she announced she'd be running for President:

"While a camp conference in Atlantic City is an unusual venue for a former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate, it makes more sense considering her host: Jay Jacobs, a camp director and chairman of the Nassau County, Long Island, Democratic Party. Jacobs, who's also on the Democratic National Committee's credentialing committee and has given $5,000 to Ready for Hillary — and spent half an hour questioning Clinton on stage."

Hillary Clinton supports guestworker visas and trade deals that displace American workers --- SO WHAT! --- when not one of Hillary's supporters even gives a damn.

Here are few of Hillary Clinton's speeches (if you are curious) — but I didn't see any transcripts for Goldman Sachs; but there are a few videos of events at the Clinton Global Initiative which show guest speakers such as the Goldman Sachs CEO, President Obama and actor Matt Damon — among many others (I created a short video at the end of this post as a sample compilation).

According to a FEC report, Matt Damon is one of several Hollywood A-listers on Hillary Clinton’s list of campaign donors. Last year Matt Damon told the Hollywood Reporter that he supports Hillary Clinton (just like his long-time actor friend Ben Affleck also does): "I love Elizabeth Warren, but she's not running for president. I'm supporting Hillary" — even though Bernie Sanders is more like Elizabeth Warren that Hillary Clinton. So then, why does Damon support Hillary Clinton — JUST BECAUSE she's a woman? Or is it because she has more inside connections to political power to better help him with his pet projects?

Damon was once was a vocal critic of President Obama for straying from a liberal agenda. But now they're buddies, and he now says that Obama's "moves" since the last congressional election has restored his faith. What "moves" is Damon talking about? — the fast-racking of the corporate-sponsored TPP trade agreement? Obama has actually moved more to the right (not left) since first being elected, and that's why he was being criticized progressives and others, such as Senator Bernie Sanders.

Damon had went to the White House in 2014 to screen The Monuments Men (along with co-stars George Clooney and Bill Murray) and found himself seated next to the First Lady. I guess sitting with royalty can change your world views and political philosophy.

In the 5-minute video below you'll see Hillary Clinton introduce Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (where she is wearing the same outfit as she did at the Democratic debate in Milwaukee pictured at the top of this post.)

Then Bill Clinton appears, then Matt Damon is introduced, then Bill Clinton introduces President Obama. The ties that bind at the Clinton Global Initiative (aka CGI). I can't say that they video makes any implications, but nonetheless, I thought it was rather interesting.

Gene Sperling — who was mentioned in the video by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein — was Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy under both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.


  1. The following is a leaked transcript of Hillary Clinton’s first speech to Goldman Sachs delivered on 6/04/2013. Two other speeches are also rumored to be in circulation awaiting publication. This is the full transcript. Secretary Clinton received $225,000 for this speech. The speech has not been confirmed or authenticated.

  2. Larry Fink, BlackRock’s CEO, has assembled a veritable shadow government full of former Treasury Department officials at his company. Fink has made clear his desire to become Treasury Secretary someday. The Obama Administration had him on the short list to replace Timothy Geithner. When that didn’t materialize, he pulled several members of prior Treasury Departments into high-level positions at the firm, which may improve the prospects of realizing his dream in a future Clinton Administration. And his priorities appear to be so in sync with Clinton’s that it’s not entirely clear who shares whose agenda. Clinton, for her part, has refused to rule out a Treasury Secretary drawn from Wall Street.