Archive for the ‘Hillary Clinton’ Category

John McCain Goes With Inexperience

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Less than 24 hours after Barack Obama finished making his acceptance speech, John McCain shifted all the media coverage by choosing Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

From a timing standpoint this was a smart move because the media was concentrating on McCain’s speculation for Vice President rather than on Obama’s speaking skills.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a good choice from her record. She has been Governor of Alaska for two years which is a bit of a welfare state. Palin has tried to clean up corruption in Alaska. She supports increased domestic drilling including drilling in ANWR which is further than John McCain is willing to go on the issue.

Strategically, it seems pretty clear that Sarah Palin is partly a quota pick. A governor,with two years experience of a small strong-Republican state would have been chosen without the rise of Hillary Clinton. In fact, Sarah Palin made reference to Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro during her speech earlier this week. Sarah Palin’s lack of inexperience may actually be a plus for Obama because each time a Democrat or the media points it out it will point to Obama’s lack of experience.

Will this choice pick up Hillary Clinton voters? Probably not but it will excite the Republican Party base.

Hillary is Right!

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I don’t often agree with Hillary Clinton on anything but Senator Hillary Clinton has a column in the Wall Street Journal arguing for fiscal restraint on the executive. Quote:

I’ve proposed a comprehensive overhaul to root out corruption in no-bid contracts and other shady deals. Reforms must include the following:

- Instead of rewarding companies that exploit tax shelters and incorporate in tax havens, let’s ban the federal government from contracting with companies that hide profits offshore.

- We should put in place safeguards so that contracts are awarded to responsible companies that abide by the law and complete the work they’re hired to do.

- Let’s put a stop to the disgraceful practice of giving bonuses to contractors for work never performed, which has been allowed to happen in Iraq and throughout the federal government according to the GAO and inspectors general.

- We need to increase transparency and competition in the contracting system, and to stop the ideological privatization of critical governmental functions.

Except for the last measure these all seem like good ideas. Federal contracting has failed recently in Iraq and with FEMA after Hurricane Katrina.

However, there is nothing wrong in of itself with federal contracting and privatization. There is no efficiency gained by the government by producing everything which is the logical extent of attacking privatization.

Superdelegate Counting

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The Presidential race is still neck and neck between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and may come down to the ever important Super Delegates.

Congresspedia has released a widget to keep track of the Superdelegates.

HIllary’s No Free-Trader

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Many people who support Hillary Clinton do so because they believe that Hillary Clinton would continue many of the policies that Bill Clinton enacted as President. Hillary Clinton is likely to push more of a progressive and less-libertarian set of policies than those of her husband. Hillary Clinton was one of the leading proponents of universal health care in the Clinton Administration. Now it appears that Hillary Clinton tried to push the Clinton administration in a protectionist direction by opposing NAFTA.

“In August in 92, we had to make a decision,” Mickey Kantor the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Clinton adviser, and free trade advocate recalled for the Huffington Post. “President Clinton had to make a decision as governor, whether or not he would support [George H.W. Bush's] NAFTA, and of course he did… Hillary Clinton was one of the great skeptics in the discussion as to whether he should do. So she was always skeptical beginning in 1992 and onward.”

Indeed, as Kantor went on to note, Hillary Clinton long held reservations over the labor and environmental fallouts of the free trade agreement. In addition, she was, at the time, eager to see her health care reform (not NAFTA) pushed through Congress. As such, Clinton biographer Sally Bedell Smith writes in her book “For Love of Politics,” her disapproval of the trade agreement was both political and philosophical.

The economic team and other key advisors, including Mack McLarty, Mickey Kantor, and David Gergen, were likewise urging Bill to use his momentum to push or congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)…Liberal Democrats, including Hillary, opposed it primarily because it could take jobs away from American workers. But as an advocate of global economic cooperation, Bill was drawn to its free-trade philosophy.

It fell to Mickey Kantor, the U.S. Trade Representative responsible for implementing NAFTA, to reason with Hillary. One day in August, he sat her down on a bench behind the White House and tried to strike a compromise. “I said, ‘If you want to drop NAFTA, we can kill it, but we shouldn’t,’” Kantor recalled. “I said, ‘The way to do it is to introduce health care, spend a month on it, and then do NAFTA, then go back to health care.’” With misgivings, Hillary acquiesced to the proposed sequence.

Carl Bernstein, another Clinton biographer, echoed much the same tale during a recent appearance on CNN.

“‘Bill,’” he recalled Hillary Clinton as saying, “‘you are doing Republican economics when you are doing NAFTA.’ She was against NAFTA.

Hillary Clinton is less likely than her husband Bill Clinton to propose pro-growth, free trade policies which lower prices for the average American consumer.

Obama Wants To Raise Taxes On Social Security

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Hillary Clinton has put out a new mailer in Nevada pointing out that Obama wants to effectively raise taxes on Social Security. Obama has suggested raising the cap on income for Social Security taxes. Hillary Clinton points out that this is effectively a trillion dollar increase.
Hillary Clinton is right to point out this tax increase. Let’s hope Hillary continues to block tax increases!

THe Government Union Supports Hillary

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The AFSCME, the union that represent government workers has a new ad out supporting Hillary.

The ad is pretty sad with different shots of white women looking depressed because Hillary cares about the country. Successful campaigns are run on positive messages not on ads that feature people depressed because being Senator from a large state isn’t enough power.

John Edwards Releases Ad Aimed At Hillary

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Former Senator John Edwards has released an ad pointing out Hillary Clinton’s inability to take a single stance. John Edwards’ ad uses footage from the last debate to prove his point.

Mitt Romney Attacks Hillary’s Lack of Experience

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Mitt Romney has a new ad attacking Hillary Clinton’s lack of executive experience in a new ad that wil begin airing in New Hampshire.

In Romney’s ad he compares Hillary entering the Presidency as an “intern” due to her on the job training. Hillary Clinton should not be President but it should be acknowledged that Hillary Clinton practically shared the Vice Presidency with Al Gore.

Another possible learned from the Bush Presidency is that lots of executive experience does not directly correlate to a successful presidency.

Does Hillary Believe in Anything?

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Several times during the Democratic Party debate last night.

I can understand Hillary Clinton’s position refusing to answer possible hypotheticals but Hillary should at least be able to come up with a favorite sports team.

When Hillary Clinton was asked if she would support the Yankees or Cubs in a hypothetical series Hillary said “Well, I would probably have to alternate sides.” It is scary that someone who waffles on her favorite sports team may one day be “alternating sides” on her policy positions.

Clinton and Obama are Wimps

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are afraid to debate in New Hampshire. All the Republican candidates and all the Democrat candidates except for Barak and Hillary have agreed to debates in New Hampshire.

Clinton is the clear front runner in the primaries and does not want to give anybody the chance to challege her and is probably why Hillary is avoiding debating Hillary in New Hampshire.

Obama has caught up to Clinton in the polls in New Hampshire and elsewhere. Who knows exactly why people like Obama but he has caught up in popularity and does not want to remind voters by debaing that they can choose a slick white man like Edwards or someone with kick ass foreign policy experience like Bill Richardson.