Monday, April 28, 2008
...that we've forgotten (from an email I recently received from an old friend and mentor of mine):
Hillary Clinton has been telling America that she is the most qualified candidate for President based on her "record," which she says includes her eight years in the White House as First Lady or "Co-President ?" and her seven years in the Senate.
Here is a reminder of what that "record" includes:
As First Lady:
Hillary assumed authority over Health Care Reform, a process that cost the taxpayers over $13 million. She told both Bill Bradley and Patrick Moynihan, key votes needed to pass her legislation, that she would "demonize "anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she couldn't get her incomplete, poorly written Health Care Reform Bill to the house floor of the House for a vote by a Congress which, at the time, was controlled by her own party. And in the next election, her party lost control of both the House and Senate.
Hillary assumed authority over selecting an Attorney General. Her first two recommendations, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, were forced to withdraw their names from consideration; then she chose Janet Reno. Janet Reno was later described by Bill Clinton himself as "My Worst Mistake."
Hillary recommended Lani Guinier for head of the Civil Rights Commission. When Guinier's radical views became known, her name had to be withdrawn.
Hillary recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell, Vince Foster, and William Kennedy, for positions in the Justice Department, White House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell was later imprisoned, Foster committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, former bartender Craig Livingstone, for the position of director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies, called "Filegate", and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him. FBI Agent Dennis Sculimbrene confirmed in a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in 1996 both the drug use and Hillary's involvement in hiring Livingstone. After that, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office, after having served seven Presidents for over three decades.
In order to open "slots" in the White House for her friends "The Harry Thomasons", to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts would later be awarded, Hillary had the entire staff of the White House Travel Office....Fired. She then reported them to the FBI for "gross mismanagement", and their reputations ruined. Following a thirty-month F.B.I. investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime, allegedly mixing personal money with White House funds (not theft) when he cashed personal checks and drew White House funds for his checks. The jury took less than two hours to acquit him.
Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the "Bimbo Eruption Squad" and Scandal Defense: She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. This was a monumental strategic error. She then refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about it and later admitting his affairs. Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all; Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury....and Bill was impeached by the House. Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice . She avoided it mostly because she repeated, "I do not recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't know" 56 times under oath.
During Vince Foster's "suicide" aftermath, investigators were not provided requested records.
During their final months in the Whitehouse, Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state in which she had never resided: New York.
Hillary had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to get financial support.
In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the "Woman Card" often, portraying her opponent Mr. Lazio as a bully picking on her.
Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National Archives to withhold from the public, until 2012, many records of their time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and her calendars. There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of those records.
As the Junior Senator from New York, Hillary has passed no major legislation. She has deferred to the Senior Senator (Schumer) to tend to the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical problems of workers involved in the cleanup
of Ground Zero after 9/11.
Hillary's one notable vote, supporting the plan to invade Iraq, is one she has since disavowed.
Quite a resume, isn't it? No wonder she likes to keep her opponents on the defensive.
Help America Remember Sen. Clinton's real record.