Graft: Goldman Sachs Paid Hillary $675,000 For This?

Graft: While Goldman Sachs was in the middle of laying off 1,700 workers in 2013, it decided to spend more than two-thirds of a million dollars on Hillary Clinton. And what did it get for its sizable investment? Very expensive pabulum.

On Saturday, WikiLeaks released the complete transcripts of Clinton’s three appearances at Goldman Sachs events in the span of five months in 2013. These are the transcripts that Clinton adamantly refused to release during the primaries, when Bernie Sanders was calling for them to be made public.

At the time, pundits wondered if the speeches contained remarks that might undercut Clinton’s support with the Democratic Party’s increasingly leftist base. Was she too cozy with Wall Street? Did she promise them anything if elected? And so on.

But it turns out that Clinton was probably more concerned with the fact that that the transcripts would reveal how banal her remarks were. That would, in turn, raise questions about why Goldman Sachs was willing to part with so much money for three hours of mostly worthless clichés and bromides that bear little resemblance to the policies Clinton is pushing now.

There’s only one real possible explanation. Clinton was cashing in on her tenure in government, and Goldman Sachs was buying influence. They used to call the former graft, and the latter crony capitalism.

h/t XB

  • Hard Little Machine

    At the end of The Big Short, Baum comments he’s watching the news and Bernanke is leaving a meeting at the White House. He notes that the fix is in, the fix was always in and they all agreed they would get a taxpayer bailout from day one.

    We stopped having a working government about 15 years ago. This is not a real country any more.

  • Gary

    I still think it was a staged Ruse with Burnie in order to have Hillary appear sane and a Centrist .
    THAT was rigged too because Burnie got a pay-off in the end that the MSM skipped over.

    We’ve seen the same stunt with Liberals in both the Leadership race to appear to have a Big Tent for Policy, then on to the actual Election where the Leader spews hollow promises for prosperity and LIES about the Deficit and Health Care .

  • But… but… only Republicans are in the employ of Goldman-Sachs!

    • The Butterfly

      The very wealthy elites are mostly Democrats.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It’s not what was said in front of the audience, but what was said backstage that is critical here. “Pay no attention to the bitch behind the curtain.”