The DNC Has FINALLY Decided To Stop Taking Fossil Fuel Money

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Опубликовано 31 декабря 2018, 19:00
It's a great step forward with the DNC, but there's about a hundred other industries that they need to abandon. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discusses this issue.

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Well the DNC has finally decided to stop taking money from fossil fuel companies. It's a great step forward, but there's about a hundred other industries that they need to abandon. You know, again, full disclosure, I'm not a Democrat, I'm not a Republican. I've been independent for 30 plus years. Okay. I just tried to call balls and strikes. If a candidate looks good on the Rs, I'll go with that candidate. They look good on the DS. I'll go with the candidate. Nothing tribal about it. Hopefully it's an it's analytical and we make right decisions. If we analyze facts. So here the DNC is putting this out as if this is the. Is this, this is revolutionary. We're not, we're not going to take money from the fossil fuel industry. Well, the other part of that story is they don't get, they don't get much money to begin with.

The Republicans get all the money from the fossil fuel industry. Now, the real question I would have, and I've asked them this in the past, I mean I've been on, I've been on panels where this has come up where the discussion has been, what maybe you ought to think about maybe not taking a gazillion dollars from the pharmaceutical industry or maybe you ought to turn down that money from Monsanto or Dupont or Dow or Wall Street. They are like a money magnet. So here it's like all it is, it's like a card game, you know, it's like a card trick. Their forcing a hand, I'm not going to take money from the fossil fuel industry. Well, right? They're not giving you that much to begin with. I think that Republicans are making about six times as much from the fossil fuel industry. It's a matter of fact, if you recall, Obama tried to change all that by letting the fossil fuel industry just frack America into oblivion.

He signed more fracking, go frack, go frack, remember that? We're going to frack everywhere. So they were trying to turn that around. And even after he did that, the fossil fuel industry, they never really coughed up a lot of money. So what am I, am I looking at this through the wrong glasses, right now? Well look, you know when you read the headline. DNC votes unanimously to no longer accept money from fossil fuel companies that on its face you see that and you feel good. You're like, you know what? That is the right thing to do. But when you even dig down into the story here reported by thinkprogress, they mentioned, well, Democrats don't get very much from these groups, Republicans get seven times more. So it's basically you have a panhandler out there saying, I'm not going to take any handouts from other panhandlers. Well okay, but they're not the ones who are running your campaigns.

It is the Wall Street types. It is Big Pharma. You know, before citizens united in 2010, the two top donor groups for the Democratic Party. We're trial lawyers and labor unions following citizens united. The group that jumped up to the top were investment bankers. They now, now trial lawyers in labor unions. Keep falling further down that list and it's all corporations. We got defense contractors jumping up in there, but, but the big banks, the pharmaceutical companies, they hold the key there. So you might think, okay, well we're not going to take money from these companies that are destroying the planet. Great for you. What are you going to do about Wall Street, Dupont, DOW, about Monsanto, you know, I could go on forever and it's almost as if they're trying to say, well, you know, we're just not like them. No, they are like them.
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