On Minimum Wage
Hillary Clinton’s promises are an interesting mix of giving hope to the poor, while avoiding scaring the rich. Consider her promises. She wants to raise the minimum wage to $12/hour over five years, as opposed to Bernie who wants it to be raised to $15/hour. Mrs. Clinton, who has repeatedly made $225,000 an hour talking to corporations, wants to give you a slight raise, over five years. It’s a safe bet Corporate America is in no way frightened by this promise. It gives them plenty of time to adjust the economy to their benefit.
On LGBT Rights
Mrs. Clinton spoke in support of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for several years, prior to it being ruled unconstitutional. In 2004, on the floor of the Senate, Clinton said,
“I believe marriage is not just a bond, but a sacred bond between a man and a woman. I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman, and that it’s primary role….has been the raising and socializing of children into the society into which they are to become adults.”
In 2008, she ran for President, and openly opposed gay marriage (Massachusetts had legalized it in 2004) and did not publicly support same-sex marriage until May, 2013 (less than 3 years ago).
On Regulating Wall Street
In 1998, Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act. This action is now considered to be one of the underlying causes of the financial crisis of 2008. He, in essence, deregulated Wall Street, allowing them to rip off the American Public. Mrs. Clinton, Bill’s wife, has earned an average of $200,000 per speech when talking to banking groups. It must be clearly understood these people are Hillary’s friends. She does not have poor friends, and has no clear understanding of the problems of the poor.
When a 21st Century version of the Glass-Steagall Act was offered, Mrs. Clinton said she opposed the act, claiming she has other plans (but she won’t reveal them) to regulate Wall Street. Robert Reich, responding to her claim having the Glass-Steagall Act in place would not have prevented the 2008 crisis, simply stated, “Baloney!”
In a debate in October, Mrs. Clinton said, “I went to Wall Street in December of 2007 before the big crash that we had, and I basically said, “Cut it out!” This is one of Mrs. Clinton’s “honesty problems.” In truth, after blaming consumers for the problem, she “asked” the finance industry to “voluntarily” agree to change how they operate. She also said she was comfortable offering the industry legal protection from lawsuits. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has taken $44.1 million from Wall Street and her campaign has organized 31 fundraising events hosted by the financial industry, with more to come.
On Arms Sales
Mrs. Clinton has a curious pattern of supporting arms sales. The International Business Times wrote,
As Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton’s approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation. An IBTimes analysis found arms sales to theses countries nearly double the value of American arms sales compared to the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term. In one deal, Mrs. Clinton approved massive arms sales to the Saudi government, who used them in a brutal bombing campaign against Yemin.
Black Lives Matter
Hillary Clinton is no friend of blacks. She is a friend and beneficiary of the private prison industry. Five of Mrs. Clinton bundlers work for the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a lobbying and law firm. Corrections Corporation of America is largest private prison company in America, and paid Akin Gump $240,000 in lobbying fees last year.
Mrs. Clinton cut her ties with the industry a few months ago, primarily due to pressure from Black Lives Matters and others, but this is quite probably a temporary measure. Richard Sullivan, formerly of Capitol Counsel, a federally registered lobbyist for the for-profit prison operator GEO Group, brought in $69,363 in donations for Clinton in the fourth quarter, and $274,891 for the year.
As a U.S. senator, Mrs. Clinton served on the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee. In shaping the No Child Left Behind Act, she helped create one of the nation’s biggest educational blunders. A complete failure that is being corrected in fits and starts. Parents and teachers are united in their agreement No Child Left Behind is one of the worst things to have happened in public education in decades. Mandatory testing, funding based on arbitrary test scores, and punishment for the poorest schools. This was set in place during the George W. Bush administration.
Mrs. Clinton’s position on college educations seems completely out of touch with modern realities. She believes young people should work part-time jobs while going to college. (She apparently has no understanding of the large amount homework being assigned to students in these modern times. Work, or studying for tomorrow’s test? A student can’t do both and expect to get good grades. They can expect to lose their job, or fail their classes, or both.) Mrs. Clinton is proposing a setup for failure, and then she will blame the students.
On Climate Change
Hillary Clinton has shifted her environmental positions a number of times since she announced her candidacy. She supported the Keystone XL pipeline, and then suddenly came out against it last September. She supported offshore drilling until changing her position in December. She currently supports fracking in the United States. Not too surprisingly, Mrs. Clinton still supports drilling for oil on public lands. Her promises for countering climate change rely on rapidly expanding renewable energy, but (surprise) offers no hard plans for reducing oil consumption.
Not Consistent Hillary Clinton is not consistent in her promises and her plans for the future as President of the United States. She is simply not trustworthy. Her positions shift and change depending on who she is talking to.