Mrs. Hillary Clinton has listed a number of accomplishments, both on her website, and in a television commercial. How many of her claims are true? Or, in the tradition of bad politicians, how much is at least partially true.
1. Mrs. Clinton claims to have fought for children and families for 40 years and counting. What does that mean? That means, in her various roles. from college graduate to Secretary of State, in the broadest sense possible, she fought for children and families, just as running for President qualifies as fighting for children and families. (To be fair, her claim she did do some volunteer work for the Children’s Defense Fund, shortly after graduating college, has been verified, and she does have a foundation that supports women’s empowerment, but not children and families.)
2. She claims to have helped provide millions of children with health care. As first lady, Mrs. Clinton, with no congressional voting or advisory privileges, says she fought to help pass health care reform. How? And let’s get real, that health care reform bill did not pass. This is not an accomplishment. She also claims to have helped create the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But President Bill Clinton, with her support, vetoed this bill.
Privately, lawmakers and staff members are quite upset with Mrs. Clinton’s exaggeration of her role in developing SCHIP (formerly CHIP), and her claims she “helped create” the program. Irritation over this issue grew significantly after she missed a Senate vote to extend the SCHIP program.
3. Hillary Clinton claims she helped get 9/11 first responders the health care they needed. As an accomplishment, this is a little weak. She was a Senator for New York at the time, performing her most basic job responsibilities. The bill she supported ran out last year, prompting Jon Stuart (formerly of the Daily Show) to initiate protests for its return. Did she join Jon Stuart in his efforts? Aside from a campaign blog and a twitter message supporting Jon Stuart… No! (Although, in her mind this might count as “fighting hard” for the first responders.)
4. Mrs. Clinton also claims she has let the world know “women’s rights are human rights.” This is a reference a speech she made at the United Nations in 1995. Since that time, women’s rights have improved in the United States, a little. Women here still don’t earn as much as men for the same work. Hillary Clinton, herself, supports this philosophy. Around the world, things haven’t changed that much, and what has changed cannot be linked to her 1995 speech.
5. She states she stood up for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals. When? The Clinton administration stated publicly they were against same-sex marriages. Mrs. Clinton only came out for marriage equality in 2013. In an interview with Terry Gross of NPR, Mrs. Clinton tries to explain her support for anti-gay rights versus her current, much more liberal position.
6. She states she helped expand health care and family leave for military families. Her poor understanding of VA Health Care issues is so confusing, one wonders what kind of help she provided.
7. Mrs. Clinton claims she negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. When? Her campaign website says, “Twenty-four hours after landing, a ceasefire went into effect, and that year became Israel’s quietest in a decade.” This refers to her 2012 visit to Israel. Details of what she actually did are sketchy, and sadly this ineffective truce completely fell apart in less than two years.
Mrs. Clinton’s advertised accomplishments are vague and very questionable as significant accomplishments. The claims that “are” true, are certainly exaggerated. If honesty is important to you, you may not want to support Mrs. Clinton in her quest for the title, “President of United States.” How could you trust she will live up to Bernie’s promises. I mean, her new promises.