But Hillary, isn’t that YOUR fault?

by lestro

I was reading David Brooks’ column today and I am not sure what his point was, as this stopped me in my tracks:

New dynamos like India and China threaten American dominance thanks to their cheap labor and manipulated currencies. Now, everything is made abroad. American manufacturing is in decline. The rest of the economy is threatened.

Hillary Clinton summarized the narrative this week: “They came for the steel companies and nobody said anything. They came for the auto companies and nobody said anything. They came for the office companies, people who did white-collar service jobs, and no one said anything. And they came for the professional jobs that could be outsourced, and nobody said anything.”

Now, correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t it the Clinton Administration – including the first lady – that promoted NAFTA, as well as granted Most Favored Nation status to China?

And hasn’t she been in the Senate for eight years and on the national stage for 16? Shouldn’t she have said something before now?

You know, something other than this:

“I think, on balance, NAFTA has been good for New York and America.”

(Jan. 5, 2004)

or this:

or this:

Beyond that, the language she uses to describe the current situation is based on a very famous bit of poetry about the Holocaust and Hillary seems to have learned nothing from it. The point is to speak out against injustice even if it doesn’t seem to effect you (the ends with “And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up”).

But Hillary, who was IN POWER THE WHOLE TIME, said nothing until she got to Ohio in 2008 and realized that primary voters there were not happy about NAFTA.

During all of her time in Washington, she defended NAFTA, despite what she says now. It is one thing to say she opposed it but couldn’t speak out because she was a member of the administration, but her most famous quote is from 2004, well after Bush took over the big chair and she was a senator.

And if she supported NAFTA in 2004, but now says she didn’t, the real question is, to whom was she lying: New Yorkers or Ohioans?

That’s not leadership. That’s Bush-style revisionist history. One would think a senator could speak her mind on the issues.

Perhaps if they came for cushy government jobs, then she would have spoken out…


14 Responses to But Hillary, isn’t that YOUR fault?

  1. Mike Ormsby says:

    “And they came for the professional jobs that could be outsourced, and nobody said anything.” … from the same politician who said… “We need to guide immigration reform to attract and retain foreign-born students who want to work in the United States.” She wants to remove the cap on H-1B visas. See her May 31, 2007 speech before Silicon Valley campaign donors.

  2. Iranian Ajax says:

    She is a &%$@#!% @**@* @& @% @%^ ^& @*( @(@( (@&!%@*@) @!*& !*^ *%@ *&&@ (*&@

    insert your own insult to this two-bit ^@&@(@&^*!^%!&!)(*!)(*!%%$^%^*&(*(&^%

  3. loomisnews says:

    Huh! How dare you hold politicians accountable for their past words and actions. Don’t you know Hillary means what Hillary needs at any given moment?

    At least, that’s my hope… given her nuclear policy for the MidEast.

  4. way to keep on the sunny side, loomisnews. there really is a silver lining to just about everything…

  5. With Hillary I am not surprised. She always seems to pander to the crowd to which she is speaking. I also worry that you are right, this is Bush style revisionism and its might be apart of the political landscape for some time to come. It would be nice to get more contrast videos like the second one to show that we have not forgotten about what these people say. Its modern times and everything is recorded so I seems to me that we are all in a position to hold these people to their own words.

  6. balloonman,

    I agree that sites like YouTube provide an opportunity to participate in the democratic process in an unprecedented way.

    Part of the beauty that I see in the Clinton vs. Obama Star Wars mashup is that it not only collects past statements of the candidates (including some of Hillary’s NAFTA statements), but it also places it in a context that itself is a contrast to the typical coverage of politics, and it seems that much more accessible because of it.


    and the crowds go wild. There really does seem to be a pre-YouTube era for politics and whatever it is we have now.

  7. dadatroll says:

    Jesus man, you really don’t know anything. Don’t forget to vote!

  8. Ladybeams says:

    There really can’t be a whole lot of surprise here. I really can’t understand how she’s gotten this far. Doesn’t anyone remember when Bill was in the White House? Doesn’t anyone remember all the friends skeletons she has hanging in her closet from throwing her “friends” under the bus for everything she got caught doing?

    Of course, I guess it’s not too much worse than Obama never showing up to vote and then saying he was always against “whatever”

  9. John Paulson says:

    Hillary will get fucked by the Republican machine in ways that she will wish that Bill could have fucked her….

    They will treat her like a dirty whore!

  10. John Paulson says:

    Their political cocks will be in her every hole!!!

  11. it is a little early in the morning for that kind of imagery…

    and I realize that silly graphic imagery is at this point a shorthand for the thousand points of light that make up the constellation of why Hillary’s main success is uniting diverse factions against her.

    but damn. I get your point, it’s true, the prospect of a Hillary candidacy is that horrifying.

  12. k@th says:

    i’m thinking we could round up some teenage girls and offer up hillary for their next youtube release.

    ps-i want another candidate, outside of the three stooges.

  13. John, is that really a way to have a frank political discussion?

  14. Iranian Ajax says:

    John, I am not much a fan of Billery, but that is uncalled for.

    I think she is trash, but you crossed over the line there bub.

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