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pa28's Journal
pa28's Journal
January 22, 2016

Here is one positive change both Sanders and Clinton can deliver even WITH a Republican congress.

Promise not to appoint "exit bonus" recipients to high level administration positions. Not familiar with exit bonuses? Here is a short article explaining the concept.

The Reverse Revolving Door: How Corporate Insiders Are Rewarded Upon Leaving Firms

In February of this year, news broke that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew received an exit package worth over $1 million from Citigroup shortly before joining the Obama administration in 2009. In fact Lew’s contract with Citigroup made explicitly clear that the banker’s eligibility for a special bonus was contingent on his securing a “full time high level position with the U.S. government or regulatory body.


And that's not all. Jack Lew and USTR Michael Froman each received multi-million dollar exit bonuses contingent on taking high level administration jobs.

Who are they working for exactly? By promising not to hire exit bonus recipients the next president can take a concrete, real world step toward ending the excessive influence of banks and corporations on policy.

Isn't that something both sides can get behind?
January 11, 2016

Sanders to launch campaign tour of historically black colleges and universities.


As the Democratic presidential race tightens in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is turning to the states that follow, including South Carolina, where he trails former secretary of State Hillary Clinton among the significant voting bloc of African Americans.

Sanders will kick-off his “Feel the Bern” tour at South Carolina State University in conjunction with Benedict College in the early-voting state.

Bernie is asking African American voters for a second look and some real in-depth talk about the issues. His strategy seems to be getting to know people one at time and creating a political base. That's how he wins.
January 6, 2016

Trans Canada to file $15 Billion NAFTA claim against US for Keystone XL rejection.


CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 6, 2016) - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) announced today it has filed a Notice of Intent to initiate a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in response to the U.S. Administration's decision to deny a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline on the basis that the denial was arbitrary and unjustified.

This is how agreements like NAFTA and TPP can force Americans to pay foreign corporations for our own environmental laws and policies. Remember, TPP is just days away from it's vote under the fast track law and NOBODY in the media is talking about it.

UPDATE: Sorry misread the original press release. It's a $15 Billion claim. Not 2.9 billion.


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