The Green Party of America has accused President Elect Barack Obama of pandering to corporations and “warhawks” with the appointments of Rahm Emanuel, his choice of vice president such as Joseph Biden, nomination of Eric Holder for Attorney General, and former Governor of Iowa Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary.
Cliff Thornton who is the spokesperson for the Green Party of the USA accused the emerging Obama Administration of not living to its promise of change. He also revealed the records of each of the nominees. The following was taken from the Green Party USA Press Release.
“Greens called Mr. Obama’s choice of Rahm Emanuel for White House Chief
of Staff especially unfortunate, citing Mr. Emanuel’s position as
managing director of investment banks Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein,
earning him $18 million between 1999 and 2002 and his track record in
Congress since 2003. The appointment of Mr. Emanuel confirms Mr. Obama’s pledge to AIPAC that he will maintain the same uncritical support for Israel as the
Clinton and Bush administrations, whose policies resulted in
increasing human rights violations against Palestinians and greater
instability in the region. Mr. Emanuel was also one of the original
drafters of NAFTA and now favors similar antidemocratic ‘free trade’
pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea which would cost more jobs and suppress environmental and labor protections.
Despite his reputation in the media as a defender of
working people, Mr. Biden helped draft a law signed by President Bush
that relaxed regulations on financial institutions, giving them more
power over Americans facing financial problems and transferring risk
from predatory lenders to borrowers. As an architect of mandatory
minimum drug laws (including the RAVE Act), Sen. Biden helped put the
children of working families behind bars.
Among the corporate-connected names on the list for the Obama Cabinet
are Eric Holder, Jr. for Attorney General and former Iowa Gov. Tom
Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Holder is a partner at
Covington & Burling, which represents the National Football League,
Chiquita, and Merck, and Gov. Vilsack is an enthusiastic advocate of
genetically engineered crops and corn- and soy-based biofuels, with
ties to Monsanto, whose products and policies have destroyed
independent and family farms around the world.”
I am already making plans to invite the Green Party of America for an interview. There is no guarantee that they will reply. I will also check these reports by the Green Party of America and publish them.