WTF Democrats?

WTF Democrat or Republican Lite

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

I’ve always believed that our Democratic leaders had our backs.  That they are the ones who stand up for the middle class in this country and for our unions.

Isn’t that what we always hear in their campaign slogans each election cycle?

Don’t Democrats always work FOR us – not AGAINST us?

I’m unfortunately seeing a negative trend whereby Democrats are beginning to side with the Republicans.

Lately, they’ve been choosing Goldman Sachs and international banksters over the American worker.

Rachel Maddow has repeatedly pointed out that Democrats need to stand with public employees and working families but too many of them don’t seem to be listening.

Instead, as writers Matt Taibi and Dylan Ratigan have discussed in recent months, Democrats have been joining Republicans in selling America at the state level for 10 cents on the dollar. Why? Maybe it’s because when they leave public office, they accept lucrative positions in the same private companies they just sold public assets to on the cheap.

In my home state of New Jersey, the Democratic legislature is now actually helping the Republican Governor, Chris Christie, dismantle collective bargaining rights with regard to negotiating health benefits.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), a union iron worker himself, seems to have bought into the ridiculous notion that New Jersey’s budget crisis was caused by paying fair wages and offering health benefits to workers in his state. 

Of course the real reason Christie wants to dismantle the unions is so he can begin selling his state to the lowest bidder.

Recently Dylan Ratigan and the Huffington Post began a series entitled, “America For Sale: Is Goldman Sachs Buying Your City?” In the first paragraph Dylan states, “In Chicago, it’s the sale of parking meters to the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi. In Indiana, it’s the sale of the northern toll road to a Spanish and Australian joint venture. In Wisconsin it’s public health and food programs, and in California it’s libraries. It’s water treatment plants, schools, toll roads, airports, and power plants. It’s Amtrak. There are revolving doors of corrupt politicians, big banks, and ratings agencies. There are conflicts of interest. It’s bipartisan.”

Ratigan’s investigation shows that Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and numerous other banksters are seeing “increased opportunity in ‘distressed assets’ (i.e. cities and states gone broke because of the financial crisis).”  The irony of course is that this crisis was caused by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and the other banksters!  They created the crisis and are now profiting from it.

Adding insult to injury, in 2010 Goldman Sachs almost doubled the pay package of its CEO to almost $30 million while lawmakers continue to blame the financial crisis on public employees asking for health care benefits.

Patty_Bellasalma_thumbSo let’s get back to my original question. WTF Democrats? It’s time to pick a side. Are you going to go back to what you’ve done in the past and stand up for the American worker?  Or are you going to instead protect the banksters?  Which side are you on? It’s time to choose!

Patty Bellasalma
President of California NOW

Published June 30, 2011


  1. Alan8 says

    The two corporate-funded parties have always been corrupt. Clinton/Gore saddled us with NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO agreements back in the 90s.

    The key problem is that the Democratic Party has realized there are tens of millions of dupes who will unconditionally vote for them. The Democrats can sell us out to the corporations and these dupes WILL CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR THEM.

    This must stop. The Green Party doesn’t accept corporate money and represents CITIZENS’ interests. 5% of the vote will get the Green Party matching Federal funds, and send a strong message to the corporatists in both parties that selling us out to corporate interests will lose them votes.


  2. Richard Packard says

    Maybe its just me but I believe that it is becoming quite evident that because ‘critical thinking, critical analysis and problem-solving’ has been replaced with “social-engineering” and “political-correctness” in our public schools, people’s observations and conclusions are drawn on ‘shortsightedness’ and ‘quick-fix solutions’. Using a statement used by Malcolm X (1963) “the chickens have come home to roost”, Democrats “are” siding with the Republicans-and ‘choosing Goldman Sachs and international banksters over the American worker’. This was evident when the Democrats and Republicans congress passed the $750+billion “bailout” for the Wallstreet “fatcats” and bankers, remember, “too big to fail?” Well, our government “failed” the American people/worker. Those same banks didn’t loosen credit to help stimulate the economy, they chose to “buyout” smaller banks and “payoff” their debts while the American family suffered through the worst economic crisis since the 1930’s depression. It started with George Bush and ended with Barack Obama, both administrations beholden to the Wallstreet interest and international bankers. American jobs have been “outsourced” by both Democrats and Republicans, NAFTA (under Bill Clinton) and CAFTA (under George Bush). These “free-trade” agreements are additional nails in the coffin of American manufacturing and middle-class jobs, the only people still employed “are” public workers! So when you see the politicians (Democrats and Republicans) looking to ‘cut spending’ along with social entitlement programs (social security, medicare, etc.) the ony obvious place to go next is the ‘public-employee’s salaries and benefit package, afterall, there is no tax-base to support these lucrative contracts (Americans aren’t working) I can go on-and-on but to probably no avail because the general public just don’t get it. Yes, the “chickens have come home to roost” on two accounts, first, lacking the “critical thinking, critical analysis and problem-solving” skills we succomb to “quick-fix solutions” thereby perpetuating the problem and second, Democrats along with the Republicans have come to realize that we can no longer afford to payout these current salaries and benefit packages to public-employees under the current tax structure. Both political parties don’t want to “rock-the-boat” with their ‘special-interest’ (moneybaggers) who finance their campaigns and their political ambitions, that leaves only the American people/worker to ‘kick-to-the-curb’ afterall, we lack the problem-solving skills to kick the bums out!

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