Posted by: coastcontact | April 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton is NOT the Best Choice for President

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_crop[1]THE MESSAGE – “Middle-class economics a focus of Clinton’s bid,” by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace: “Boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, key issues that her campaign says will be heralded by a results-oriented ‘tenacious fighter.’ … If Clinton’s strategy sounds familiar, it might be because … Obama framed the choice for voters in 2012 as between Democrats focused on the middle class and Republicans wanting to protect the wealthy and return to policies that led to the Great Recession.”

I am an un-loyal Democrat. I re-registered as an Independent in about the year 2000. That was before Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor of California (2003). To my Democratic friends I was disloyal.  I voted to remove the Democratic governor, Gray Davis, and install Schwarzenegger. I believe there was one other time I voted for a Republican.

Hillary Clinton is not the best choice for the Democratic Party. She represents positions and behavior that are not in keeping with my views.

My arguments with her are as follows:

  • Voted for the invasion of Iraq. That country has been in chaos ever since.
  • Convinced President Obama that the disposal of Muammar Gaddafi as leader of Libya was the right thing to do. That country has been in chaos ever since.
  • Refuses to provide an explanation of her role in the Benghazi attack. The remark, “What difference does it make?” does not reveal what she knew and when she knew it.
  • Kept all of her e-mail on a separate private e-mail server. She has deleted at least 30,000 messages without any outside review.

Add to that she was intimately involved in her husband’s presidency. That was a presidency that took specific actions that were not in the best interest of the American people.

  • NAFTA was the free trade agreement that was supposed to bring more jobs to the United States. It has not worked out that way. Whirlpool and Technicolor both moved their manufacturing facilities to Mexico. Honda built a new assembly plant in Mexico for sales of their cars in the United States. Mexican agriculture now exports their products to the United States. Every one of those Mexican industries has reduced the number of American jobs. The seeds of NAFTA were planted during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • It was President Bill Clinton who signed the repeal of the Glass–Steagall Act. Two provisions of that 1933 law restricted affiliations between commercial banks and securities firms. The consequence was greater growth of American banks and ultimately the Great Recession of 2008.
  • China-PNTR Enacted in October 2000. This Act was a crucial step to complete a major trade goal of the Clinton-Gore Administration, opening China’s markets to American manufactured goods, farm products and services by allowing China to become part of the WTO, forcing it to slash import barriers against American goods and services. The act also opened China’s ability to become a prime exporter of their manufactured goods to the United States without tariff barriers.

Has any of the laws she and her husband supported benefited middle class Americans? The answer is obvious. Yes the Republicans do support business over working Americans with arguments that don’t hold water. The problem for Hillary Clinton is that her ideas are no better than those of GOP candidates. Simply saying she wants all children to have the same opportunities as her new granddaughter, Charlotte, does not make it so. She is linked to the wealthy and Wall Street. Her willingness to take America into war is unacceptable.

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