Intercepting the Veep Debate
I couldn’t sleep this morning, so I opened the debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on Democracy Now!, who let Green candidate Ajamu Baraka answer the same questions. What I saw were two corporate shills, arguing over which social value bones the government is going to throw to the middle class as they pretend to do something about our economic problems. Then I dozed off.
The Intercept stayed awake longer:
[Kaine and Pence] agreed that Russia is evil and terrifying and must be aggressively countered. They agreed that the U.S. should militarily intervene in Syria. They agreed that the national debt is frightening. They agreed that community policing, a euphemism for doing nothing, is going to make everything better again. And they agreed to talk over the female moderator, Elaine Quijano.
Their running mates are both on the record opposing the hugely controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, but as the [US Chamber of Commerce] notes so happily, Kaine and Pence both have a long history of siding with big business. Both have praised the TPP and backed similar deals in the past.
The Chamber, a trade group that represents some of the largest corporate entities in the world, from Goldman Sachs to Dow Chemical, has spent over $1.2 billion just on lobbying since 1998, making it by far the largest influence peddler in Washington, D.C.