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Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole

Zuckerberg meets ObamaThe president’s new choices for Commerce secretary and FCC chair underscore how far down the rabbit hole his populist conceits have tumbled. Yet the Obama rhetoric about standing up for working people against “special interests” is as profuse as ever. Would you care for a spot of Kool-Aid at the Mad Hatter’s tea party?

Of course the Republican economic program is worse, and President Romney’s policies would have been even more corporate-driven. That doesn’t in the slightest make acceptable what Obama is doing. His latest high-level appointments — boosting corporate power and shafting the public — are despicable.

To nominate Penny Pritzker for secretary of Commerce is to throw in the towel for any pretense of integrity that could pass a laugh test. Pritzker is “a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser,” the Chicago Tribune reported with notable understatement last week, adding: “She is on the board of Hyatt Hotels Corp., which was founded by her family and has had rocky relations with labor unions, and she could face questions about the failure of a bank partly owned by her family.… Read the rest

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U.S. News and World Reports Spins, Greg Palast Explains It Clearly: Who is Penny Pritzker?

FE_DA130502pritzker620x413These days there seems to be a trend for political heavyweights to seem to materialize out of thin air.  I mean, Bill Clinton was no one we knew about, then suddenly he was the Democratic candidate for our lands highest office.  Similarly, Barack Obama went from a no one in the Illinois State Senate, to the Illinois Senate – neat trick when you are from Chicago – to the Oval Office almost overnight.

In President Obama’s case now there is another example of this, his new tap for Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.  (Who?)

Well, let’s take a little look, shall we?

First, we will go to the U.S. News and World Report website where Danielle Kurtzleben has been explaining just why Penny is so qualified.

Danielle first quotes the President;

“Penny is one of our country’s most distinguished business leaders,” Obama said on Thursday, speaking from the Rose Garden. “She knows that what we can do is to give every business and ever worker the best possible chance to succeed by making America a magnet for good jobs.”

After which she delineates some of Penny’s qualifications.  This one caught my eye.… Read the rest

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