As you have undoubtedly have heard by now Timothy Kaine has won the VP Sweepstakes. While his bonafides as an old fashioned liberal exist, he, like Clinton, is from the neoliberal class. This site has railed against neoliberalism for its weak understanding of economics and how deregulated capitalism is a very, very dangerous thing. Those that supported the movement toward increased economic equality should be in shock by the results of the V.P. Sweepstakes.
Though progressives have taken heart by the words of equality from Hillary Clinton, those who understand or are willing to understand how an economy works know that neoliberalism is an inept and corrupt worldview. In cases where neoliberals have dominated on the world scene, those economies are in complete disarray and far away from a functioning economic wheel.
Hillary’s job, it appears, is to continue her lifelong passion for convincingly saying one thing and then setting in motion a plan that will contradict her statements ala the famous Clinton triangulation.
It is easy for me to engage in my own form of Hillary bashing as I live in California, a powerful and strongly Democratic stronghold. So much so that we are dismissed as our loyalty is never in doubt. A Californian in the V.P. Sweepstakes will always be at a disadvantage in the VP Sweepstakes because the projection of our loyalties leads to a cruel and callous calculation. This is in the face of current data that shows that the winner of the VP Sweepstakes brings little to the national ticket.
As I have stated before, Bernie supporters, instead of choosing the lesser of two evils (how do you know?) have the option of considering the candidacy of Jill Stein who is Bernie Plus – right on a whole bunch of issues and still in the Presidential race.
“But several organizations, including some with ties to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the runner-up in the Democratic primaries, sharply questioned Kaine’s liberal bona fides, pointing to Kaine’s support of trade deals and regulations favorable to big banks.”
“On Thursday, as speculation was mounting that Kaine would be Clinton’s choice, Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the activist network Democracy for America, which backed Sanders in the primaries, said that it should be “disqualifying” for any potential Democratic vice-presidential nominee to “help banks dodge consumer protection standards.”
“That was based in part on a bipartisan letter that Kaine signed on Monday urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to “carefully tailor its rulemaking” regarding community banks and credit unions so as not to “unduly burden” these institutions with regulations aimed at commercial banks.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kaines-vp-pick-greeted-by-blowback-from-progressive-groups/2016/07/22/b81e51ce-5067-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html