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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (b. 1947) is the junior Senator from New York and was First Lady of the United States of America during the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001. In 2000, she ran for the New York Senate seat vacated by the Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Backed by the White House, she obtained the Democratic nomination for this Senate seat, and then won easily against Republican Rick Lazio (who entered the race when Rudy Giuliani withdrew). She is now making a presidential run, and she formally announced her candidacy in early 2007.

Liberal lies

What is Mrs. Clinton doing? She is having the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics. She cannot come up with a credible, realistic path to the nomination. ... But she is a scrapper, a fighter, and she's doing what she knows how to do: scrap and fight. Only harder. So that she ups the ante every day. She helped Ireland achieve peace. She tried to stop NAFTA. She's been a leader for 35 years. She landed in Bosnia under siege and bravely dodged bullets. It was as if she'd watched the movie "Wag the Dog," with its fake footage of a terrified refugee woman running frantically from mortar fire, and found it not a cautionary tale about manipulation and politics, but an inspiration. - Peggy Noonan [10]

Presidential Campaign 1992

Raising taxes on foreign corporations

In the final 72 hour election crunch of the 1992 Presidential election at Hillary Clinton's behest, the issues were framed as "raising taxes on foreign corporations." Hillary Clinton alleged that the Bush/Quayle ticket, the Republican Party, and the Reagan coalition wanted to grant foreign corporations doing business in the United States massive tax cuts. The Clinton campaign promised to thwart these efforts and grant the American taxpayers a tax cut.[1]

The result in the first 100 days after Clinton Administration won a plurality was a massive tax cut for foreign corporations through NAFTA and a tax increase on the American people.[2]

Domestic spying

The Hill magazine reported Hillary Clinton may have been involved in civil rights violations by monitoring illegal wiretaps and domestic spying on political opponents during the 1992 camapaign.[3] After the revelations came to light in a book entitled, Her Way [11] by Don Van Natta Jr., an investigative reporter at the New York Times, and Jeff Gerth, who spent 30 years as an investigative reporter at the paper, a Republican official remarked,

it is rather unbelievable that [Hillary] Clinton would listen in to conversations being conducted by political opponents, but refuse to allow our intelligence agencies to listen in to conversations being conducted by terrorists as they plot and plan to kill us.[4]

Record as First Lady

During Bill Clinton's presidency Hillary Clinton initially played an important role. Immediately after his inauguration in 1993, Hillary Clinton embarked on a radical program to create a national health care system. She headed a Health Care Task Force which submitted controversial and extreme proposals to revamp this health care, which constitutes about one sixth of the U.S. economy. She was sued by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the trial judge ruled against her and the Clinton Administration. An appellate court reversed this ruling but remanded it for further proceedings, which ultimately resulted in disclosures to comply with the law.

Hillary Clinton's friend Vincent Foster supervised the defense of the litigation, but died under mysterious circumstances at the height of the controversy; the death was officially ruled a suicide. The extreme proposals were overwhelmingly rejected by Congress. Subsequently, the Republicans won a landslide victory in 1994, taking over both Houses of Congress.

The remainder of Hillary Clinton's tenure as First Lady was largely devoted to combating what she perceived as conspiracies. The Clinton White House, wracked by multiple scandals, abruptly fired longtime members of the White House Travel Office, leading Congress to vote for a restoration of their benefits. At one point confidential tax records of Republican opponents were discovered in the White House, and no legitimate explanation was ever provided.

Accusations of Enron-style accounting on the Health Care Task Force

Main article: Clinton health care plan

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires every panel that includes non-government employees to have open meetings. In January 1993, the Washington Times reported the problems with Hillary Clinton's closed door Healthcare Task Force meeting and the former Watergate crusader ignoring a post-Watergate reform. Rep. Bill Clinger (R-Pa.) demanded that the closed meetings stop. In February the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) sued. In March, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled the task force violated the FACA. The Washington Times revealed that many task-force members Clinton claimed as federal employees were not. When a list of 511 names was released, the Times noted the list "did not meet the [GAO] request for dates of employment, salaries and detailed backgrounds." [5]

Conspiracy theories and enemies list

Main article: Vast right wing conspiracy theory

In 1995 there were approximately 1 million computers connected to the Internet. By the end of 1998, there were 50 million. In perspective, after the invention of television, it took more than 10 years before there were 50 million sets in the world. The same rise on the Internet took less than three years.[6] This economic growth of the Internet Hillary Clinton branded as "a vast right-wing conspiracy." White House staffers were directed to write a report, at taxpayer expense, which included an enemies list of persons and organizations who subsequently endured IRS audits and harassment.[7]

In 2005, Clinton revived her campaign of Internet censorship under the guise of a vast right-wing conspiracy theory.

Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction

Hillary Clinton speaking on Saddam Hussein's possession of Weapons of mass destruction said,

I have to say that this is something that I have followed for a decade. If he [Saddam] were serious about disarming, he would have been much more forthcoming. There may be progress, we may be destroying his missiles, there is no accounting for the chemical and biological stocks.[8]

Hillary Clinton further described the situation after weapons inspectors we're expelled during the time when America had two in the position of presidential leadership, "for the price of one."[9]

In the four years since the inspectors left, 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 ... It is clear, however, that 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.[10]

Reaction to Monica Lewinsky scandal

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann said that Clinton "loudly defended Bill and arranged for attacks on Monica Lewinsky when she knew the complete and sordid truth." [12] As the full extent of the scandal became known, however, Clinton forgave her husband, and the two appear to once again have a trusting, love-filled relationship. [11]

Run for U.S. Senate

Pardon of FALN terrorists

On August 11, 1999, President Clinton offered clemency to members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) terrorist group. [12] On January 24, 1975 the FALN bombed Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan killing four people. Over a six-year period, the group claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings that took six lives and injured some 130 people.[13] It was widely reported the pardon of terrorists was motivated by an effort to appeal for votes from the Puerto Rican community in New York.[14]

Record as U.S. Senator

In 2001, one of Hillary Clinton's first acts as U.S. Senator was to introduce a bill to abolish the Electoral College. This received insufficient support. No major legislation has been credited to Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton was reported to be the biggest spender of any freshman senator in history.[15]

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Her current plans are reintroduce an extreme proposal again to socialize the health care system, this time by converting medical records into electronic form that can be easily monitored. She also pushes for universal health coverage, considered to be a step towards a Single Payer, government-controlled system.

Since joining the Senate, Clinton has belonged to a conservative prayer group with the expressed purpose of "bringing Jesus back to Capitol Hill."[16] A few of her collaborators in the group include Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa).

FEC fined campaign for failing to accurately report $721,895 in contributions

In January 2006 Hillary Clinton's New York Senate 2000 campaign was fined $35,000 for failing to accurately report $721,895 in contributions. [17]

Smoking gun videotape

WorldNetDaily reports Hillary Clinton may face a felony conviction that carries with it a five year sentence for violations of Title 2 section 437 of the U.S. federal code, which states: "Any person who knowingly and willfully commits a violation of any provision of this act which involves the making, receiving, or reporting of any contribution, donation, or expenditure aggregating $25,000 or more during a calendar year shall be fined under Title 18, or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both." Peter Paul, a former friend and contributor to the Clintons, claims he donated $1.9 million to her Senate Campaign, which Hillary Clinton knew of and accepted, in violation of a $2000 limit on individual donations. [18] Mr. Paul will present a "smoking gun" videotape [19] of the event as evidence in an ongoing lawsuit involving the Hillary Clinton's fundraising activities in California. [20]

Failure to reform earmark process

The noted newspaper which covers legislative affairs, The Hill, reported Hillary Clinton received more earmarks for Congressional pork barrel projects than only one other United States Senator. Reforming the earmark process had been among the Democrats top priorities in the 110th Congress, up until the time Democrats voted to rescind the rules aimed at reform that were passed in the first 100 hours of the new Congress in January. Ethics reform and the earmark process is widely attributed as the cause why Republicans lost control of both Houses of Congress after several members had been caught up in ethical scandals. The Hill reported Sen. Clinton received 26 earmarks worth about $148.4 million total, much going to Pentagon contractors. [21]

Voted against raising the minimum wage

After voting to send troops to Iraq Hillary Clinton voted against funding the troops in Iraq. In May of 2007 Clinton voted against raising the minimum wage. [22]

Presidential Campaign 2008

Hillary & Nixon

Hillary Clinton has often been compared to Richard Nixon.[23] Columnist Robert Novak reported in November 2007 that a Clinton agent was spreading the word that the Clinton campaign had scandalous information about Senator Barack Obama but was not using it for purposes of party harmony. The nature of the alleged scandal was not revealed to the source of the item, a well known Democrat, who said he thought Clinton wanted to avoid a Clinton-Obama clash that would benefit a third candidate, presumably former Democratic Vice Presidential nominee and Senator John Edwards.[24]

Failure to condemn smear campaign

Hillary Clinton failed to vote to condemn an unpopular smear campaign conducted by the radical leftist group MoveOn.org.[25] The U.S. Senate voted 72-25 to condemn[26] the unmitigated attack upon a respected career soldier. The U.S. House of Representatives one week later by an overwhelming bipartisan consensus of 341-79 expressed popular discontent with the groups tactics.[27] A poll showed 58% of the American people expressed disapproval, with only 23% supporting[28] debasement of the political dialog over a vitally important issue of national concern. Hillary Clinton was criticized by President George W. Bush for failing to take a stand against radical extremism in civic debate.

No criminal background checks on donors or advisers

On September 12, 2007, the L.A. Times reported Hillary Clinton's decision to begin criminal background checks on major donors in wake of the Norman Hsu scandal. Hsu contributed more than $1 million for Hillary Clinton’s New York Senatorial race and faces charges dating back 15 years that he fleeced investors out of $1 million. [29] Less than one week earlier it was reported by MSNBC, that Hillary Clinton was being advised by convicted criminal Sandy Berger[30] who plead guilty to theft of classified information from the National Archives in connection with requests for documents made by the National Commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission).

Electability

A big concern in the Hillary Clinton camp is whether or not she is electable. An Electability Poll undertaken in June of 2007, in which the participants are asked in no certain order, a list of candidates from both parties, whether they would vote for candidate X or prefer someone else. Recent polling has revealed, of all major presidential candidates from both parties, Hillary Clinton is the only candidate to whom a majority of 52% would not vote for, or would prefer someone else. [31] The poll results show majorities would consider voting for all other major presidential candidates, or possible candidates, to avoid voting for her.

Promises made promises broken

In late August 2007 Senator Bill Nelson and other members of Florida's Congressional delegation protested the Democratic National Committee's scheme[32] to deprive Floridians of equal voting rights protection[33] in selection of delegates to the 2008 DNC Presidential nominating convention. A letter sent to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, threatened legal action "to determine whether this could violate any state or federal laws governing and protecting individual voting rights.... It always has been a priority of our party to protect the rights of every eligible American to vote...We would hope the DNC will continue to honor this right."[34] The move prompted Hillary Clinton to pledge not to campaign in Florida.[35] A week later she was campaigning in Florida.[36]

The nuclear option

Barbara Olson in her 1990 book Hell to Pay [37] made a convincing case that the former Goldwater girl, raised in a Republican home, while working for the staff of the House Judiciary Committee preparing impeachment Articles against President Nixon, studied Nixon very closely. Olson and others have now commented how Hillary Clinton built her political career by learning to think and act as Nixon did, and modeling herself after him. These writers cite instance after instance of such behavior. [38] When Democratic competitor Barack Obama made a public statement vowing not to use nuclear weapons, Hillary Clinton shot back,

I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons
reflecting Nixon's thoughts in The Real War :
Eisenhower said... "You should never let the enemy know what you will do, but it's more important that you never let the enemy know what you will not do."

Nixon referred to it as "the Madman theory,"

... statements that appear to rule out the use of force, while perhaps meant to be unprovocative, will in fact provoke an antagonist to push for more. ...we should not make statements that we will never launch a preemptive strike. Whether or not we would ever exercise that option, we should always leave open the possibility that in extreme circumstances we might. [39]

Extreme makeover

Analyst Bay Buchanan suggests that Hillary Clinton may suffer from a psychological condition and that this should raise questions about her fitness for office. [40] A recent book entitled The Extreme Makeover of Hillary Rodham Clinton [41] examines the Senator's instability, incoherent speeches as both student and First Lady, casual disregard for the law, and ever-changing opinion on the Iraq war. [42]

These character flaws, Buchanan writes, make Hillary overly dependent on gurus and outside experts, with no internal compass to guide her, displaying all the classic symptoms of “clinical narcissism.” The American Psychiatric Association describes this condition to include feelings of superiority, self-importance and “fantasies of unlimited success, fame or power.” The author further states, “We are not talking about self-infatuation, we are talking about a clinical condition that could make her dangerously ill-suited to become President and Commander in Chief.”

Abuse of Mother Teresa

Hillary Clinton was chastised by a Catholic Advocacy group for using an image of Mother Teresa in a campaign ad. Clinton continues to support abortion. [43] The U.S. Catholic-based advocacy group Fidelis, an organization working with people of faith to defend the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty rights, called for Hillary Clinton to remove the image of Mother Teresa from their campaign video. In a press release the group declared the video, narrated by her Bill Clinton,

is wholly inappropriate, disrespectful and disturbing ...using an image of blessed Mother Teresa as a political tool, especially given their radically different views on abortion...Mother Teresa tirelessly fought to protect unborn children, while Hillary Clinton staunchly supports abortion on demand in all nine months of pregnancy, including partial birth abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion

When the image of Hillary and Mother Teresa appears in the video the former president is heard saying “Hillary, in effect, was the face of America … in India;” the video then cuts to a clip of the former first lady addressing the 1995 Beijing Conference where an effort was made to declare abortion a fundamental “human right.”

Skipping flyover country

Hillary's strategists felt they could win the nomination by skipping Iowa as flyover country. [44] Hillary Clinton's once close friend, political pundit Dick Morris, declared that she will campaign on the "Mom Strategy." Morris says this "gives her a credible way to tack to the left on the war." [45] Hillary Clinton did exactly that on the ABC television show The View in early 2007. She was asked if being a mom gives "a would-be President kind of an edge up on, say, a male rival?" Hillary replied, "Well, you know, nobody's ever been in a position to ask that question, 'cause we've never had a mother who ever ran for or held that position." Hillary's claim was false. Ellen McCormack, mother of three daughters and one son, and also a grandmother, ran for President in 1976 on a platform that included opposition to abortion.[46]

Arkansas

During the 1970s and '80s, the Clintons invested in the Whitewater Development Corporation which later became the subject of a federal investigation, prosecutions and convictions. Jim and Susan McDougal, and then-Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker were convicted of multiple counts of financial fraud, even though President Clinton testified for four hours for the defense.[47]

On the evening Bill Clinton lost his bid for a Congressional seat in 1974, Hillary is reported to have shouted in a rage at Clinton's campaign manager Paul Fray, calling him a "Jew bastard". The incident was reported in a book published by Harper Collins in 2000 entitled, State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton. [48] The author, Jerry Oppenheimer, cites three witnesses to the incident. [49][50][51][52]

Legal Services Corporation

Hillary Clinton was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to head the controversial Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in 1978 and remained on the Board til 1983. [53] Under Hillary Clinton's leadership, the LSC began moving away from its legislated task of providing poor people with free lawyers and began an activist agenda to influence public policy through class action lawsuits. One case involved bringing lawsuits to force New York's Transit Authority to hire heroin addicts. The LSC also violated its own rules by organizing political campaigns against a state referendum and against Ronald Reagan. [54]

Hillary Clinton failed the District of Columbia Bar Exam in the 1970s.[55]

Accusations of Stolen Gifts

When the Clintons left the White House, they were accused of taking furniture that belonged not to them, but to the White House. It was explained that the movers inadvertently packed the wrong items. Most of the articles were quietly returned. [56]

Goldwater girl

Speaking at Selma, Alabama's First Baptist Church on the 42nd anniversary of the "bloody Sunday" freedom march Hillary Clinton declared: "As a young girl I had the great privilege of hearing Dr. King speak in Chicago. The year was 1963....[Dr. King] called on us, he challenged us that evening to stay awake during the great revolution that the civil rights pioneers were waging on behalf of a more perfect union." In her memoirs Hillary Clinton described herself in 1964 as "an active Young Republican" and "a Goldwater girl, right down to my cowgirl outfit." Columnist Robert Novak observed, "As a politically attuned honor student, she must have known that Goldwater was one of only six Republican senators who joined Southern Democratic segregationists opposing the historic voting rights act of 1964 inspired by King."[57]

See also

External links



References

  1. The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House, Bob Woodward, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994. [1]
  2. William Jefferson Clinton Memorial Library. On Aug. 10, 1993, the largest tax increase in history was signed into law, raising taxes by almost $280 billion over five years. "Instead of middle-class tax relief, President Clinton chose to include in his $241 billion tax plan higher federal gasoline taxes, tax hikes on Social Security recipients, and steep income tax hikes on small business owners. The President even tried unsuccessfully to institute a brand new $71 billion BTU energy tax that would have cost the typical family nearly $500 per year." The President's Forgotten Middle Class, Joint Economic Committee, Majority Staff, 3/22/96.
  3. GOP targeting Clinton on phone-call snooping, By Alexander Bolton, The Hill, October 16, 2007.
  4. GOP targeting Clinton on phone-call snooping, By Alexander Bolton, The Hill, October 16, 2007.
  5. Enron vs. Hillary care: media double standard is at work, Brent L. Bozell III, Insight on the News, March 4, 2002.
  6. Hillary Clinton, conspiracy theorist, Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com, February 11, 1999.
  7. Larry Klayman, WorldNetDaily 7/9/99. [2]
  8. Hillary Clinton's views on going to war, Saddam, and WMD
  9. Two For the Price of One, By Charles Krauthammer, November 2, 2007.
  10. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), October 10, 2002. Retrieved from Zmag.org December 4, 2007.
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  12. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony available at http://www.senate.gov/~judiciary/wl91599.htm, The Tampa Tribune, S.J.Res. 33 (passed 95-2).
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  14. FALN Clemency and NY Senate Race, (2000). Retrieved from http://www.jonathanpollard.org September 20,2007.
  15. Hillary Clinton's spending of taxpayer money, National Review, April 22, 2002.
  16. http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2007/09/hillarys-prayer.html
  17. Federal Elections Commission Press Release, January 26, 2006.
  18. 'Smoking gun' tape indicts Hillary Art Moore, WorldNetDaily.com, April 21, 2007.
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  21. Clinton can boast wealth of earmarks, By Roxana Tiron and Ilan Wurman, The Hill, June 13, 2007.
  22. Senate Concurrence on HR 2206 Title 8 Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, Record Vote Number 181, 05/24/2007. [6]
  23. [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/11/nixon_1968_clinton_2008.html Nixon 1968, Clinton 2008], By John Ellis, RealClearpolitics.com, November 21, 2007.
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  25. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-09-20-senate-condemn_N.htm
  26. Senate Votes to Condemn MoveOn for Ad Attacking General Petraeus, FOX News, September 20, 2007.
  27. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/09/26/national/w095848D93.DTL
  28. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/23_approve_of_moveon_org_petraeus_ad_58_disapprove
  29. Campaigns feel the effects of Hsu case, By Dan Morain and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2007.
  30. Former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger Pleads Guilty to Knowingly Removing Classified Information from the National Archives, United States Department of Justice Press Release, April 1, 2005.
  31. Poll: Is Hillary Electable?, by Mark Murray, NBC News, June 28, 2007. Retrieved from MSNBC.com June 29, 2007.
  32. Fla. Democrats warn of voting rights probe if state sanctioned, By Rasha Madkour, Associated Press, Aug 23, 2007. Retrieved from St. Petersburg Times August 24, 2007.
  33. Fla. Democrats warn of voting rights probe if state sanctioned, By Rasha Madkour, Associated Press, Aug 23, 2007. Retrieved from St. Petersburg Times August 24, 2007.
  34. Letter from Florida Congressional Democrats to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, August 22, 2007. Retrieved from nelsonforsenate.com/feature/dean/ September 13, 2007.
  35. Clinton, Obama and Edwards Join Pledge to Avoid Defiant States, By Jeff Zeeleny, New York Times, September 2, 2007.
  36. Candidates have events in Florida despite pledge, By Charlotte Eby, Sioux City Journal, September 11, 2007.
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  38. Hillary's Secret War, The plan to silence Internet journalists, Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com, July 6, 2005.
  39. The Real War, Richard Nixon, Warner Books, May 1980, pgs. 253 - 260.
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  42. Analysis of Hillary Reveals 'Clinical Narcissism', by Ericka Andersen, Human Events, 05/14/2007.
  43. Fidelis Covered by Catholic News Agency on Mother Teresa Video Controversy, Catholic News Agency, 05-18-2007.
  44. Aide advises Clinton: Skip Iowa, Thomas Beaumont, Des Moines Register, May 24, 2007.
  45. Hillary's New Strategy: Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.
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  49. Did Hillary commit a hate crime?, Human Events, July 28, 2000.
  50. Hillary faces voters' wrath for alleged ethnic slur, Michael Ellison, London Guardian, July 18, 2000.
  51. Hillary’s Manners, Joseph Sobran, July 18, 2000.
  52. I agree with Clinton!, Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily, July 20, 2000.
  53. Thwarting the Will of Congress: How the Legal Services Corporation Evaded, Diluted, and Ignored Reform, Testimony of Kenneth F. Boehm before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Committee, February 28, 2002.
  54. Michael Barone , Taking Hillary seriously, Jewish World Review, July 8, 1999.
  55. On Today, Bernstein omitted key fact in purported disclosure of Clinton's D.C. bar exam failure: It's not news, MediaMatters June 1, 2007. Retrieved from MediaMatters.org October 4, 2007.
  56. "Clinton Shipped Furniture Year Ago," Washington Post, February 10, 2001.
  57. Hillary, King and Goldwater, by Robert D. Novak, Townhall.com, March 12, 2007.