In 2009 they were conspicuous by their absence. The following year they were still keeping their heads down. But at this year’s just concluded annual World Economic Forum meeting held in Davos, Switzerland, it was a different story.
Two years after the eruption of the global financial crisis, having been bailed out to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, their bonuses and salary packages restored, and having taken the measure of governments around the world, the bankers were not only back in force, they were laying down the law.
In a series of speeches at open sessions and in closed-door discussions, leading bank chiefs made clear they would not tolerate restrictions on their activities and that, notwithstanding the fact that their actions had triggered the deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression, they would continue exactly as before.How very telling and how very sad that we had no one in the US who would fight for the American citizens. Bernie Sanders led no popular revolt. Are we really surprised? The Socialist whose whole game plan is and has always been, "Just keep me in Congress and I won't make waves, I promise!" And it's worked out good for him. The Democrats don't run anyone opposite him. And he keeps voting lockstep with them.
Can you believe that a Socialist has not led a cry for all US troops to come home from Iraq and Afghanistan? Can you believe that a Socialist has not led a cry for a bailout for the people?
Ted Kennedy (who was no Socialist and got more and more corporate with each passing year) showed more rebellion than has the de-clawed Bernie Sanders.
Bernie's up for re-election, so don't expect him to do any leading this year -- not that he's ever done it in non-election years. He'll make a fiery statement when the cameras are around and then, unless the Dems already have enough votes, he'll vote in lock-step with them to sell out the people.
The Nation's published one of his fiery statements in book form recently. They like to pretend they're supporting the people as well. While they sell ObamaCare and stay silent on the continued wars.
Thank you to Ava for guest blogging here last night ["The forgotten covert wars on Latin America (Ava)"] to cover the Senate Committee hearing. She's always welcome to do that and not just because I love a night off -- also because she's always got something important worth covering.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: