|Want another four years of the same old shit? Then vote for Hillary!
||[Feb. 8th, 2008|05:06 pm]
Love Republican economics? Vote for Hillary. No, seriously. Not only was Hillary Clinton on the board of directors of Wal-Mart during its hardest union-fighting days, I don't think it's a coincidence that Wal-Mart didn't even consider granting health care benefits, not at any price, not even the least benefits, to anybody but management until after she was on the board. Speaking of which, if you love Republican economics, you're going to love Hillary Clinton's health care plan. It is the Republican plan. No, really, it is specifically the exact same plan that Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts, the exact same plan that both he and Huckabee are running on: no cost controls for insurance companies, no cost controls or even negotiations with the prescription industry, no accountability or oversight for either industry, but make buying insurance at whatever cost the insurance companies want to charge mandatory for all Americans. If they don't, then take at least a thousand dollars a year away from every American family that can't afford insurance, at gunpoint, and give that money to the insurance industry. That's HillaryCare II, and if you like it, you may be a monster. At the very least, if you think you might like it, you should have a good look at how it's working in Massachusetts, which is to say, abominably.|
Want to give the Republicans tons of extra mud to sling? Vote for Hillary. On the list of proofs that there is no god that can be counted on to punish liars is that Hillary Clinton can say she's running for office on her 35 years of experience, in all safety, while standing under a clear blue sky. People, in all her years since she graduated from college, Hillary Clinton has never earned a single honest dollar in her entire life. Every single job she has ever held, all of which paid her huge money for little or no work, and every "advance payment" she was ever handed in exchange for books on which she did little or no work, and every "amazingly lucky investment" she has ever made all of which made huge money, was given to her for one and only one reason: to curry favor with her husband. Her law firm clients were all companies that did business with the state of Arkansas while her husband was the governor; why do you think she's treated her billing records from those years as such a deep dark secret? That book advance came from a company that wanted favors from the FCC. Her commodity trades are an even more egregious example. People, please, the Chicago Board of Trade isn't an honest trading floor, and hasn't been since the 80s at the very least. It's a casino. The only people making actual money there are the brokers. They've been telling the joke for almost as long as even I've been alive that the only way to make a small fortune in commodities is to start with a large fortune. When Hillary Clinton, while her husband was running for re-election for governor, walked into the Chicago Board of Trade and won a series of consecutive wagers, totaling to huge money, you should treat it as if someone sitting at a roulette wheel in a casino, with the casino owner standing behind their chair, bet everything on 22, three times in a row, and all three times 22 came up on the wheel. You don't have to know how the wheel was rigged to know that the wheel was rigged. You don't have to know what the casino manager's motives were to know who decided she was going to win.
What, you've never heard any of this? Then you're young. But don't worry: if we nominate Hillary Clinton, you will hear about it, all right. Six times an hour, every waking hour of the day, from the convention to the election. And her answers, even if they are truthful (not that they could be), are going to go over as well as John Kerry's answers did when he got "Swift Boated". No, really, do not pick a candidate who is going to have to spend the entire campaign on the defensive over ethics scandals.
Want to protect John McCain from serious criticism? Vote for Hillary. Speaking of nakedly transparent attempts to bribe her and/or her husband, I was just reminded that none of the newest generation of voters are old enough to remember the Keating 5 scandal. Charles Keating was an anti-porn crusader, a successful Republican fund-raiser, and, it turned out, the owner of an almost entirely fraudulent savings and loan. Five Republican politicians were caught accepting huge amounts of money from Charles Keating, all at about the same time, all while he was trying to buy protection for his right to literally cheat elderly people out of their retirement savings. None of them actually went to jail, although the careers of four of them were instantly over when Keating was convicted, because it was trivially easy to show that they did do him huge favors after receiving huge checks; the only element of the crime of bribery that couldn't be proven was an explicit quid pro quo, but nobody had any doubts. The one who got away scot free was ... John McCain. McCain escaped on two grounds. First of all, as someone who'd spent decades campaigning against bribery of Congressmen (the issue for which pro-business Republicans claim he's "not really a Republican," since the Republican Party is enthusiastically in favor of corporations bribing the government), nobody was willing to believe it of John McCain. Secondly, they combed over his record, and couldn't find any evidence that he ever actually did anything for Keating ... yet.
It's a pretty flimsy defense. I'd love to watch McCain squirm over it for months. But if you nominate Hillary Clinton, he'll get away with it, because with her as our candidate, we can't attack that "I didn't know it was supposed to be a bribe" defense. That's her defense, for her entire pre-Senate career, too.
Want to see at least three more years of the war in Iraq? Vote for Hillary. Hillary Clinton's whole defense on her vote to authorize the Iraq War is, "I didn't know George Bush was an idiot." If that's true, then she is far too dumb to be President, because the rest of us knew that years ago. Don't believe her. Hillary Clinton spoke fervently and frequently about the need to invade Iraq and impose democracy, and you should not even vaguely be surprised by this. This is the same woman who persuaded her husband to nominate Madeleine Albright for U.S. Secretary of State, where she dragged us into so many brushfire wars that Colin Powell quit his job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in disgust over just how little American troops' lives were worth to her. Hillary Clinton is from the wing of the party that likes going to war, for the same reason Bush likes it: expansion of presidential authority.
You think you've heard her promise to end the Iraq War? Listen more carefully to what she's actually saying. She says she'd start bringing troops home within 60 days. That's not much of a promise; some troops come home every week. She does not say she won't send more troops in to replace them, or even more troops than that to expand the war. Why won't she say that? Notice that she also says she wants to end the war as soon as it can be done "prudently." People, don't fall for that. It means the exact same thing that Richard Nixon meant back in 1968 when he promised us "peace with honor" in Vietnam. It means she intends to end the war by winning it. Like Nixon, she thinks that she's such a smart person and such a tough person that she can win it quickly and painlessly. Don't let her try. She'll do the same thing Nixon did, pour in tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands more troops, while financing it by deficit spending, while expanding government spending. The last time we let someone promise us "peace with honor" it not only made our eventual loss in that war much, much worse, but it also wrecked our own country's economy so badly that it took us at least a decade and a half to dig our way back out of that mess.
So knowing that the one thing that the entire Republican Party agrees upon, the only thing the entire Republican Party still agrees upon, is their violent hatred for the Clinton name ever since Clinton's humiliation of Ronald Reagan's anointed heir in 1992? And knowing that, you want to make sure that they all turn out to vote this November? Vote for Hillary Clinton.