Hillary’s Accomplishments are Legion!

The above link represents one man’s view of the greatness — in terms of concrete achievements — that can be attributed to Hillary. For fun, I decided to respond to these claims, or at least most of them. All of these claims of accomplishment come from the same article, cited above. I will italicize the original remarks from Ryan Denson to differentiate more easily.

  • Even though her major initiative, the Clinton healthcare plan, failed (due to Republican obstruction), you cannot deny that it laid ground for what we have today, the Affordable Healthcare Act, something Clinton supports and would continue. I can deny that it laid ground because it didn’t. The monstrosity that was created back in the 90’s bears only the broadest resemblance to the ACA.
  • She played a leading role in the development of State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides the much-needed state support for children whose parents cannot afford nor provide them with adequate healthcare coverage. I believe this is one of her two accomplishments.
  • She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act. Check the language. Instrumental. In legislation circles, being instrumental means you agreed to support the legislation that someone else wrote. This is called doing your job, and padding your resume.
  • Successfully fought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH). I went looking for evidence that Clinton paid a pivotal role here. She did co-sponsor the bill (her job, or someone’s) and talk about it on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show.
  • She spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War; we now have a term for it — Gulf War Syndrome. “Spearheaded, huh?”
  • At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women. I think this is her 2nd accomplishment.
  • She was instrumental in securing over $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Instrumental, eh?
  • Took a leading role in the investigation of health consequences of first responders and drafted the first bill to compensate and offer the health services our first responders deserve (Clinton’s successor in the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, passed the bill). After being rejected as a candidate by the respective unions for Fire fighters and Police, Hillary did this. Good politics, I guess, but an accomplishment?
  • Was instrumental in working out a bi-partisan compromise to address civil liberty abuses for the renewal of the U.S. Patriot Act. Instrumental again.
  • Proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster. Proposed a revival. I did something similar at the breakfast table yesterday. The cat was impressed.
  • Was a major proponent of sensible diplomacy which brought about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, and brokered human rights with Burma. Hard to be impressed with the decision not to endorse foolish diplomacy in the ME.
  • Oversaw free trade agreements with our allies such as Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. This is just a fabrication. The Secretary of State does not oversee trade agreements.
  • Was the most traveled Secretary of State to date. Frequent flier miles?
  • The Clinton Foundation, founded by her and her husband, has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program. Now with evidence of selling favors to other countries, I am not sure the Clinton Foundation is going to be seen as an impressive political accomplishment.

As a general observation, someone went to some trouble here to highlight actions or stances that should reflect favorably on Mrs. Clinton. I have noted two accomplishments on the basis of simple research suggests that 1) Clinton dedicated an expanse of time to the adoption of or implementation of a program or agency, and that she personally appears to be the architect and champion.

Many of the proposed achievements fall under two headings: instances where Clinton served as a sponsor of a bill (did her job), and instances where resume`padding is taking place. Go to a resume builder website. You will see stern advice to remove language such as “spearheaded,” “participated,” “was responsible for” and “was instrumental.” The advisors recommend that resume creators include measurable achievements or define a specific role of substance.

Finally, I know this is too long, but someone should add to the list of accomplishments that Senator Clinton, or Secretary Clinton “strenuously objected” to the judge’s ruling during the trial that determined Colonel Jessup did indeed order the “code red” that resulted in the death of Santiago. Strenuously objecting ought to be elevated to an accomplishment.