Tom Steyer Steps Into the Presidential Clown Car
I received this email from Tom Steyer's propaganda arm, Nextgen America with this subject line:
Why I’m running for president
Oh goody. Now we have another rich asshole who will tell us plebs that we aren't allowed to have nice things because those nice things will cut into the profits of the Capitalist Politburo.
The automated email begins thusly:
Six years ago, I founded NextGen Climate to disrupt a political system that was complacent. Together, we’ve worked to fight climate change by advancing the transition to a clean energy economy. We’ve fought to halt the Keystone XL pipeline and registered more than a million voters nationwide. I couldn’t be more proud of this team, and I’m so glad to be able to share my next steps with you.
Funny, despite any efforts from actual grassroots resistance, Obama and his goons still shoved Keystone XL up America's collective ass, with environmental destruction as far as the eye can see.
A November 2017 Keystone pipeline oil spill in rural South Dakota was twice as large as originally believed, making it the seventh largest oil spill on U.S. soil since 2010.
Robyn Tysver, a spokesperson for pipeline owner and Calgary-based TransCanada, told the Aberdeen American News that the Nov. 16 leak near Amherst resulted in the release of some 9,770 barrels, or 410,340 million gallons, of crude oil onto farmland. Original estimates put the spill at 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons.
When the leak was detected, the company shut down the pipeline that transports 590,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada's oil fields to refineries some 2,600 miles away in Illinois and Oklahoma, via the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. The pipeline was reopened less than two weeks later.
No worries, though. I'm sure Steyer and his rich friends will find some way to make money off it in the vein of "charity".
But the email gets even better than that:
Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States — and our campaign will be one about the values that you and I share. I hope you’ll join me over the next few weeks as I work to bring our values and our voices to the debate stage.
What’s preventing us from addressing the challenges facing our country isn't our differences, but our broken politics. Until we reform the system and get rid of corporate money, we won’t be able to address climate change, make our economy more just and fair, or make health care affordable and accessible.
Poetic, but bullshit. What's preventing us from addressing the challenges facing our country, and by extension, the world, is the fact that you and fellow members of your class are simply looking for ways and means that allow you to continue to leech off workers, especially in the Global South, even if it means the shit hits the global fan in the process. Meanwhile, you also keep workers here fighting amongst themselves for ever-shrinking table scraps. And don't even get me started on how you SOBs view people with disabilities when the cameras aren't rolling.
Tell me this, Tom, do you intend to:
- End US imperialism and drastically reduce military spending, fully funding the VA making sure the military is dedicated to actual defense, including slowing down or halting eco destruction?
- Implement a true Single Payer system or a National Health Service, ending private insurance and pharmaceutical companies?
- Strike down all Right to Work laws that strip local unions of any bargaining power, only allowing the Company Unions to exist for propaganda purposes?
- Strictly regulate financial capital so it can't destroy entire communities for profit?
Based on the fact that he's even decided to step into the clown car, I'd say his answers to all those questions will be a resounding "NO! WE CAN'T AFFORD IT!!!!11!1"
So go ahead and take over the role of Howard Schultz, Tom. At least you'll give us a good laugh before you go back to simply buying politicians.