Hillary Clinton’s campaign restart speech on Roosevelt Island today was one of those vision things — long on vague imagines of a better tomorrow, but short on specifics and most of those are proven failures.
She was at times self-contradictory. She blasted Republicans for cutting taxes but later promised: “We will unleash a new generation of entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tax relief, cutting red tape, and making it easier to get a small business loan.”
She promised to shred the First Amendment by supporting a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that allows people to spend their own money to express their political views. She did not mention that the ruling overturned a law that had prevented the airing of a film called “Hillary: The Movie,” which was highly critical of her during her previous presidential bid.
“We have to stop the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political process, and drowning out the voices of our people,” Clinton declared. “We need Justices on the Supreme Court who will protect every citizen’s right to vote, rather than every corporation’s right to buy elections.”
This from the woman who sold State Department favors to the highest foreign bidders who provided donations to her secretive foundation that gave next to nothing to charity.
She criticized Republicans for borrowing money to pay for two wars without a hint of acknowledgment that Obama’s borrowing far outstripped that.
Clinton also promised to “make preschool and quality childcare available to every child in America,” without saying where the money would come from.
“And I want you to remember this, because to me, this is absolutely the most-compelling argument why we should do this. Research tells us how much early learning in the first five years of life can impact lifelong success,” she declared with a straight face, even though federal studies have found that to be untrue.
In fact a 2012 study
reports: “In summary, there were initial positive impacts from having access to Head Start, but by the end of 3rd grade there were very few impacts found for either cohort in any of the four domains of cognitive, social-emotional, health and parenting practices. The few impacts that were found did not show a clear pattern of favorable or unfavorable impacts for children.”
Clinton talked about foreign policy without mentioning a single thing she had accomplished as secretary of state.
“No other country on Earth is better positioned to thrive in the 21st century. No other country is better equipped to meet traditional threats from countries like Russia, North Korea, and Iran – and to deal with the rise of new powers like China,” neglecting to mention the Chinese hackers who gathered data on federal workers. Maybe they found some of Benghazi emails, while adding, “No other country is better prepared to meet emerging threats from cyber attacks, transnational terror networks like ISIS, and diseases that spread across oceans and continents.”
Prepared? Obama has no strategy and she offered none.
“As your President, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep Americans safe,” she said, which made me think about the safety of those Libyan diplomats.
Clinton also proposed rewriting the tax code so it rewards hard work and investments here at home and giving new incentives to companies that give their employees a fair share of the profits. Again, no specifics.
Renewable power? She plans more and more of it without saying where the money will come from, since it doesn’t pencil out without tax breaks and subsidies.
She also wants universal voter registration, which would to her support base of those too lazy or ignorant to actually take the time to register.
Then there was the rousing conclusion that surely sold her base on her candidacy and explained her qualification for office:
“All our Presidents come into office looking so vigorous. And then we watch their hair grow grayer and grayer.
“Well, I may not be the youngest candidate in this race. But I will be the youngest woman President in the history of the United States!
“And the first grandmother as well.
“And one additional advantage: You’re won’t see my hair turn white in the White House. I’ve been coloring it for years!”
Clinton speaks to her cheering base. (Photo from The Hill)