Vermont self-described “democratic socialist” presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently attacked front-runner Hillary Clinton for her close ties to Wall Street. He pointed out, “I do not know any progressive who has a super PAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street. That’s just not progressive.” Hillary, who narrowly won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, was challenged at a recent public appearance for accepting well over half a million dollars to give speeches for the multinational New York financial giant Goldman Sachs.
On the Republican side Rafael “Ted” Cruz, a self-described “courageous conservative” and “fighter for liberty” who narrowly defeated populist-nationalist Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses, is married to Heidi Cruz, an investment manager at Goldman Sachs. Cruz has accepted $1 million in loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank. Despite adopting an “outsider” image the Texas senator is popular with Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers. Trump has aggressively attacked the controlling influence of Big Finance in US politics with a message which has been especially popular across the South, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Not only are both factions (Democrats and Republicans) of the ruling US uniparty controlled by Big Finance, as Right-wing populist and former Republican presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan recently noted, “on both trade and foreign policy, there is common ground between the rebellions in the Democratic and Republican parties, even as Clinton has ideological allies among the GOP free-traders and neocons of the Bush I and II presidencies.”