Shedding Light in the Darkness

Do We Really Want Hillary Clinton as President?


I recently watched Sandra Bullock’s fascinating movie “Our Brand is Crisis” about political campaign strategists and how they make shit up to demonize opponents. While it was set in Bolivia it’s very pertinent to the current (and past) US presidential race. With respect to Hillary Clinton there are all sorts of alarming quotes attributed to her floating around the internet designed to scare voters. While most turn out to be fabricated, she has made some juicy statements that make you wonder do we really want her as president?

The b.s. ones include her supposed “society is more important than the individual” quote which is supposedly similar to what Hitler said. Turns out no one can find a real, relevant reference to either Clinton or Hitler. But that doesn’t stop the right wing from promoting the “fact.”

OK so here’s the real thing that makes you wonder, really?

“Hedge fund guys are trying so hard to stop me,” she claimed in a debate this week.

Clinton attended a fundraiser in Philadelphia hosted by Franklin Square Capital Partners, a $17 billion investment fund only the week before her statement. She was also booked for a February 16  lunchtime “Conversations With Hillary” fund-raiser in New York City, co-hosted by Matt Mallow, a senior managing director and general counsel at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm.

“They’re not giving me very much money now, I can tell you that much.”

The Washington Post reported through the end of December, donors at hedge funds, banks, insurance companies and other financial-services firms had given at least $21.4 million to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run

“We came out of the White House not only dead-broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy.”

In December 2000, just as they were leaving the White House, the Clintons bought a seven-bedroom house near Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. The price was $2.85 million. According to the NY Times the Clintons put $855,000 down on the Washington house. In 2001, book publisher Simon and Schuster paid her $2.84 million in royalties.

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton said during a George Washington University campaign event on March 17, 2008. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

Clinton’s claim was found to be false. The Washington Post  noted that “a review of more than 100 news stories from the time documented no security threats to the First Lady.” The claim was also refuted by actor Sinbad, who joined Clinton on her 1996 trip to Bosnia. Sinbad said there were no bullets being shot at them, and that the only scary part of the trip was deciding where they were going to eat.

“This is hard for me. I never thought I’d be standing on the stage asking people to vote for me for president.” 2/3/2016 CNN town hall forum.

“I have absolutely no interest in running for president again.”ABC News TV interview, 2009.

“In the four years since the inspectors left (Iraq), intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members. If left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.

In 2002 she voted in favor the resolution which authorized President Bush to use force against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. We now know the WMD claim was fabricated, and Iraq is a disaster.

“The bottom line is that we can never allow what happened in 2008 to happen again,” she said last October referencing big banks and the market crash that led to the Great Recession.”

According to public disclosures, by giving just 12 speeches to Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and other financial corporations, Hillary Clinton made $2,935,000 between 2013 and 2015. Clinton’s most lucrative year was 2013, right after stepping down as secretary of state, when she made $2.3 million for three speeches to Goldman Sachs and individual speeches to Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Apollo Management Holdings, UBS, Bank of America, and Golden Tree Asset Managers.

In her 2008 run for president, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley employees were among her top campaign contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Associated Press noted that during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, Bill Clinton earned $17 million in talks to banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, real estate businesses, and other financial firms. Altogether, the couple are estimated to have made over $139 million from paid speeches.

The Wall Street Journal reported that when she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened to help Swiss bank UBS, one of the biggest, most powerful financial institutions in the world, settle a dispute with the IRS. And after that, the Swiss bank paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million for speaking gigs.

Then there’s the Clinton Foundation and conflicts of interest e.g. Hillary Clinton oversaw the approval of $316 billion in arms sales to 20 foundation donor countries — a more than 100 percent increase in sales to those nations over the levels they received during the Bush years.

And there’s Kazakhstan. The New York Times reported how in September 2005, Bill Clinton flew to Kazakhstan on a private jet owned by Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra. While in Kazakhstan, Clinton praised the country’s autocratic President for his commitment to reforms just three months before an election. Then, one day after Clinton and Giustra left Kazakhstan, Giusta’s company signed a uranium mining agreement which would soon be worth billions. A few months later, Giustra donated $31 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary responded to the Kazakhstan controversy on Fox News in 2008: “Let me set the record straight. He (Bill) went to Kazakhstan to sign an agreement with the government to provide low-cost drugs for HIV/Aids, a growing problem in Central Asia. Dick Cheney also went to Kazakhstan and praised the current regime. You know, you sometimes have to use both carrots and sticks to move these regimes to do what they should be doing.”

After the Fukushima nuclear power station accident, Hillary Clinton signed a deal permitting Japan to continue importing irridated fish and other goods to the US, even while other nations were turning them away.


2 responses to “Do We Really Want Hillary Clinton as President?

  1. clauderobichaux February 4, 2016 at 6:01 am

    “Sacré bleu!”
    … or is that “Sacred Cow!”? Either or (*shrugs*)
    The fact that Clinton comes off less (not at all) radical plays heavily in her favor with a voting public preeminently driven by ABR (Anything But Republican), imperfections noted and appreciated, she’s still assumed to be the “safe” bet.
    Bernie is what we need, Hillary’s what we’re going to get.


  2. Claude Robichaux February 15, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I tried not to listen, kept the horse-blinds (“imperfections noted and appreciated”) (I regret that) on hard to the neon signs blaring that Hillary is an ambitious self promoter more than someone of, and for, the people (like Sanders seems to be). So, why the hell not try for the better one (Sanders), right? The worst that’ll happen is Hillary, and that’s still not so bad (compared to a Republican driven clown car of catastrophe). #newattitude


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