Hillary’s Baggage Needs Claiming
20 inconsistencies in the HRC Presidential Campaign Agenda
Hillary Rodham Clinton -along with the Clinton dynasty- has managed to acheive great successes for not just America, but her own interests as well. While she is the clear ‘favorite’ to win the Presidential election she must first get over the hurdle of the Democratic Primary. A rising star has emerged from the left to confront some of Hillary’s confusing background and political double-talk. But there is much more his campaign will not discuss in an attempt to remain above the fray, his own personal aversion to mudslinging has been exhibited by him and his campaigns for over 30 years. This list of 20 of Hillary’s glaring inconsistencies in political agenda is not so candid.
- She was a high-school Young Republican and “Goldwater Girl” in 1964 but swung to supporting Democrat Eugene McCarthy’s campaign in 1968 and George McGovern’s in 1972.
2. Hillary Clinton has yet to live down the vote she cast to back the Iraq War as a senator in 2002 — a vote that helped President Obama beat her in the 2008 democratic primaries.
Hillary Clinton is in the UK promoting Hard Choices, her new memoir, and took questions from Sarah Silverman, Owen…www.theguardian.com
3. Clinton boasted that two years ago she had favored a proposal by a top British general to train 100,000 “moderate” rebels to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria, but President Obama had turned her down. In that same interview with The Guardian she also managed to get in yet another shot against Snowden for taking refuge in Russia “apparently under Putin’s protection,” unless, she taunted, “he wishes to return knowing he would be held accountable.”
4. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses.
5. Mrs. Clinton’s six-year tenure as a director of Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest company, remains a little known chapter in her closely scrutinized career. And it is little known for a reason. Mrs. Clinton rarely, if ever, discusses it, leaving her board membership out of her speeches and off her campaign Web site.
Hillary Clinton is running for president not only on her record as secretary of state, but also by presenting herself…www.thenation.com
6. Clinton was entirely complicit in the disastrous strategy of offering NATO membership to Georgia and Ukraine, which led to the Russo-Georgian war of 2008 (and a de facto US strategic defeat) and helped set the scene for the Ukraine crisis of this year.
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: How about this? How about the Libya intervention? Which we know Secretary of State Clinton pushed…www.realclearpolitics.com
7. Clinton herself helped to launch US airpower to topple another regime, this one in Libya — and, as in Iraq, the results have been anarchy, sectarian conflict and opportunities for Islamist extremists that have destabilized the entire region. She then helped lead the United States quite far down the road of doing the same thing in Syria.
8. Echoing promises of lowered trade barriers, improved labor conditions and environmental protections made by NAFTA advocates two decades earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Hanoi, Viet Nam in 2012 promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the most far-reaching trade agreement ever, encompassing 12 Pacific Rim countries. Secretary Clinton stated support for free expression online, and pronounced, “Democracy and prosperity go hand-in-hand,” even as the backroom dealings of hundreds of corporate lobbyists have engaged in writing the TPP to challenge everything from Net Neutrality to democratic process and state sovereignty. An amplification of NAFTA provisions, leaked segments of the secretive treaty reveal that wholesale powers granted by the TPP to corporations would permit them to sue governments for alleged lost profits in special international tribunals that bypass the U.S. court system, and to advocate overturn of regulatory laws intended to protect people and the environment.
Since marrying Chelsea Clinton five years ago, Marc Mezvinsky, a money manager, appears to have settled into his life…www.nytimes.com
9. Marc Mezvinsky, a money manager, appears to have settled into his life as Bill and Hillary Clinton’s son-in-law.
Mr. Mezvinsky and his partners began raising money in 2011 for a new hedge fund firm, Eaglevale Partners, a number of investors in the firm were longtime supporters of the Clintons, according to interviews and financial documents reviewed by The New York Times. Tens of millions of dollars raised by Eaglevale can be attributed to investors with some relationship or link to the Clintons.
The investors include hedge fund managers like Marc Lasry and James Leitner; an overseas money management firm connected to the Rothschild family; and people from Goldmann Sachs, including the chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein. Some of the investors in Eaglevale have contributed campaign money to the former president and Mrs. Clinton, who is widely expected to run for president again in 2016. Some have also contributed to the family’s foundation.
Identifying who put money into Eaglevale, a roughly $400 million fund that has had underwhelming returns for much of its brief history, is difficult because hedge funds do not publicly disclose their investors.
The Hill's A.B. Stoddard takes your questions on the controversies surrounding donations for the Clinton Foundation and…thehill.com
10. The Clinton Foundation is an ingenious machine that can turn something intangible — the Clintons’ global goodwill — into something tangible: money.
For the Clintons’ charitable causes. For their aides and allies. And, indirectly, for the Clintons themselves.
The very things that made the foundation work for Bill Clinton’s purposes — its mega-dollar donations and its courting of the richest and most powerful interests in the world — have proved troublesome for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
11. Hillary Clinton’s shift from declaimer of Big Finance shenanigans to collaborator with Goldmann — the firm has donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation — prompts an obvious question: Can the former secretary of state cultivate populist cred while hobnobbing with Goldmann and pocketing money from it and other Wall Street firms?
12. In an interview on Bloomberg TV, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that negotiating the TPP was one of Clinton’s biggest achievements while at the State Department. Less than a week earlier in Iowa, Clinton said that the president should listen to his allies in Congress, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when approaching the deal. Pelosi has been a strong ally of Obama on just about everything throughout his presidency, but recently she opposed Obama and the so-called fast track authority for trade deals.
13. Clinton came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013 after more than a decade of opposing it.
In what MSNBC is calling " her strongest comments yet this year on criminal justice", former Secretary of State Hillary…reason.com
14. As First Lady, Clinton lobbied for her husband’s crime bill, which (among other things) encouraged states to enact harsher sentencing statutes and expanded the list of crimes subject to the federal death penalty. In 2001, Clinton co-sponsored a bill to provide more funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. In her 2006 book It Takes a Village, Clinton praised stricter punishments for people charged with sex crimes.
Hillary Clinton has confirmed, to a paying audience of 20,000 sellers of electronic health records systems, that she…www.huffingtonpost.com
15. Hillary Clinton has confirmed, to a paying audience of 20,000 sellers of electronic health records systems, that she supports Obamacare, and opposes single-payer health insurance.
The last time she ran for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton did not have to take a position on the Common Core, Race to…www.nytimes.com
16. Her involvement with efforts to overhaul education dates back at least to the early 1980s, when her husband named her co-chairwoman of an Arkansas committee that called for a teacher-competency test, smaller classes and a higher dropout age. As a senator, she voted for No Child Left Behind in 2001, but later attacked the law, saying it was failing children.
Her association with Ms. Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers began when Ms. Weingarten was a local union leader in New York and Mrs. Clinton was the state’s junior senator. Yet her incoming campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, has been a charter school supporter.
Though you wouldn't know it from her remarks earlier this week, Hillary Clinton was once "adamantly" against illegal…dailycaller.com
17. Though you wouldn’t know it from her remarks earlier this week, Hillary Clinton was once “adamantly” against illegal immigration and was for erecting a border fence similar to one that protects Israel.
“I am adamantly against illegal immigrants,” then-Sen. Clinton said on the John Grambling radio show in Feb. 2003.
“Certainly we’ve got to do more at our borders,” she said, adding that, “people have to stop employing illegal immigrants.”
18. Nine of Clinton’s ten most generous donors are investment banks, white collar law firms, or companies, such as Cablevision and Time Warner, that have a history of union disputes.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing backlash for saying that "all lives matter" in an African-American church in Missouri…www.nytimes.com
19. Hillary’s now facing criticism on social media after using the phrase “all lives matter” — which has been used by some as pushback to the phrase “black lives matter.” The latter phrase, which hung on a banner outside the church, was widely used by protesters in Ferguson and other cities.
Before using the phrase, Clinton was retelling an anecdote about the lessons she learned from her mother.
“I asked her, ‘What kept you going?’ Her answer was very simple. Kindness along the way from someone who believed she mattered. All lives matter.”
To some in the pews, what Clinton said fell flat. Or worse:
“With her statement that all lives matter, that blew a lot of support that she may have been able to engender here,” said Renita Lamkin, a pastor at the St. John AME Church in St. Charles. She is white and while protesting in Ferguson was hit in the gut with a rubber bullet. Her passion comes in part because her children are African-American.
“My children matter,” she said. “And I need to hear my president say that the lives of my children matter. That my little black children matter. Because right now our society does not say that they matter. Black lives matter. That’s what she needs to say.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sidestepped a question on the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday while…www.newsy.com
20. Two Canadian banks tightly connected to promoting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in the United States either fully or partially paid for eight speeches made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the period not long before she announced her campaign for president. Those speeches put more than $1.6 million in the Democratic candidate’s pocket.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and TD Bank were both primary sponsors of paid Clinton speeches in 2014 and early 2015, although only the former appears on the financial disclosure form she filed May 15. According to that document, CIBC paid Clinton $150,000 for a speech she gave in Whistler, British Columbia, on Jan. 22, 2015.