Or Bernie Sanders.
Or any of the other idiots currently running to be president of the USA.
Because I am not American and don't get to vote in that bogus election.
I am British-Canadian, dual citizenship. I have never even lived in the USA for any lengthy period of time.
But I do have strong opinions about the USA, and in particular the real leaders in the USA.
So lets start by talking about who really runs the United States of America. Their names are:
JP Morgan Chase & Co, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan, ECB, BNP, HSBC Holdings, the Bank of America, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB), the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), and of course the Bank of China.
In case you were paying attention I just rhymed off a list of some of the world's biggest banks, and in particular the biggest banks who play the biggest roles in making decisions about American economics. It isn't the politicians making the big decisions. They're only on the 4th highest rung of the chains of power. They take their marching orders from the big banks.
So what about the President of the United States you might ask.
Well, truth be told, the President of the United States is not the most powerful person in the world. He/she isn't even the most powerful person in the USA, and I shall explain why.
The US President has to ask congress for permission to do anything important. Oh sure, the president can sign presidential orders, do all sorts of minor stuff like pardoning ex-cons, But they need congressional authority to do anything truly important.
And congress is in the pockets of the big banks. Who do you think pays for their re-elections every 4 years? They're not paying it themselves, they're being bought and paid off by corporate donors and big banks.
For example the following is a list of Hillary Clinton's top donors:
Contributor / Total / Individual / PACs
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||$696,456||$693,456||$3,000|
|Skadden, Arps et al||$469,290||$464,790||$4,500|
|University of California||$417,327||$417,327||$0|
|Sullivan & Cromwell||$369,150||$369,150||$0|
|Akin, Gump et al||$364,478||$360,978||$3,500|
|21st Century Fox||$340,936||$340,936||$0|
|Kirkland & Ellis||$329,141||$312,141||$17,000|
|National Amusements Inc||$328,312||$325,312||$3,000|
|Squire Patton Boggs||$328,306||$322,868||$5,438|
|Greenberg Traurig LLP||$327,890||$319,790||$8,100|
|Credit Suisse Group||$318,120||$308,120||$10,000|
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in 1999-2016.
And Bernie Sanders also has lots of top donors...
Contributor / Total / Individual / PACs
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$105,000||$0||$105,000|
|National Education Assn||$89,242||$8,242||$81,000|
|United Auto Workers||$79,750||$850||$78,900|
|United Food & Commercial Workers Union||$72,500||$0||$72,500|
|Communications Workers of America||$68,000||$1,500||$66,500|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$62,000||$0||$62,000|
|National Assn of Letter Carriers||$61,000||$0||$61,000|
|American Assn for Justice||$60,500||$500||$60,000|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$58,198||$1,200||$56,998|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$53,100||$100||$53,000|
|United Transportation Union||$48,500||$0||$48,500|
|Sheet Metal Workers Union||$47,000||$0||$47,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$46,100||$0||$46,100|
|Service Employees International Union||$44,014||$5,750||$38,264|
|American Postal Workers Union||$37,700||$0||$37,700|
|American Federation of Teachers||$36,112||$745||$35,367|
Although oddly enough Bernie Sanders has mostly aligned himself with unions, auto workers, carpenters, steelworkers and teachers. And the overall numbers are smaller.
Probably because the big banks in America have most of the wealth and are intent on keeping it that way.
Meanwhile Donald Trump, as of January 31st 2016, has raised $21.3 million for his election bid from donors. And he has billions of his own money that he has so far barely even touched.
So here is real question...
If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are already bought and paid for by the big banks, where does this leave Bernie Sanders? Yes, his biggest donors are unions - which implies that if he was president he would bring back an era of 1950s style pro-union economic reform that would truly make "America Great Again".
Seriously. The height of American economic growth was during the 1950s when unions became a big thing in the USA, giving many Americans good jobs with good pay. Ergo, unions are good for the economy.
The problem is that the USA is competing with companies overseas, like in China, where there are no unions. Which is funny because communists should really be pro-union, except they are not. Instead China is basically capitalism now, so much so that all four of the world's four biggest banks are all in China.
And capitalists hate unions. Big banks hate unions.
Want to know what happens every time bank tellers try to form an union? The bank in question starts closing down branches and firing everyone.
Below are the average wages of bank tellers from 4 different American banks:
|Citibank Bank Teller||$14.24/hr|
|Capital One Bank Teller||$12.75/hr|
|PNC Financial Services Group Bank Teller||$10.59/hr|
|U.S. Bank Bank Teller||$11.52/hr|
Hmm. So between $11.52 and $14.24 per hour.
That is barely above the minimum wage in Canada and roughly equal to the minimum wage in Britain.
Hear that ladies? If you are working as a bank teller in the USA you should move to Canada or Britain and become a bank teller there, you will get paid better.
Ever noticed how most bank tellers are women and get paid peanuts while the men in the boardrooms get paid millions?
Remember that feudalism graphic from above? Notice how many pictures of men were shown in the upper ranks of who really controls the USA.
Clearly it won't matter whether Bernie or Hillary or Donald gets elected. It will really come back to the issue of congress getting all of their funding from big banks.
And lest we also forget that most of the US National Debt is also owned by China, which is currently hovering around $19 trillion USD.
So basically anything the USA does, they have to ask China for permission.
And China has historically been very low on supporting unions, the rights of women, and freedom in general. Their mantra is to basically to censor anything they don't want people to know about. Things like who really decides the presidency.