Monday, February 18, 2008

Hillary: WELCOME to "The Solutions" Business

After having lost her voice in New Hampshire and then found it, and changing her campaign's central message about a dozen times, Hillary Clinton now claims she's in "the solutions business."

I find that a little ironic, because when it comes to public policy, Hillary Clinton is best known for two "solutions" failures: her failed health care plan from 1994 and more recently, her support for invading Iraq.

The Clintons' Presidency

In fact, the Clinton's track record on health care is pretty abysmal. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, when the Clinton's presidency began in 1993, 19.4 million Americans lacked health care coverage. By the time the Clinton presidency ended in 2000, the number of uninsured Americans had exploded to 38.7 million, nearly doubling.

On education, 1 in 4 adult Americans were functionally illiterate when the Clinton's took power, and 1 in 4 were still illiterate when they left.

On jobs, the Clinton's rammed NAFTA through Congress with the help of Republicans, costing America more than 800,000 jobs, including 25,000 jobs in Wisconsin, 45,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, 50,000 jobs in Ohio, and 72,000 jobs in Texas.

Clinton's Senate record

Clinton's record in the U.S. Senate is just as damning. On the war, she made the wrong choice, at a time when not only Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy were opposing the war, but roughly 20 million Americans. Perhaps worse, she still refuses to admit that she was wrong, continuing to blame George W. Bush and accepting no responsibility herself.

On education, Hillary Clinton supported No Child Left Behind in 2001, calling it "landmark legislation."

Overall, my chief problem is that for the past seven years, Hillary Clinton has been one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, but she's just now getting into "the solutions business." She's had ample time to introduce and pass solutions to many of the pressing issues in this campaign. Instead, here's the most recent compilation of Hillary Clinton's legislative accomplishments I can find:

  1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site
  2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month
  3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall
  5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson
  6. Name post office after John A. O'Shea
  7. Designate August 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day
  8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day
  9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death
  10. Congratulate the Syracuse University Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
  11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship
  12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program
  13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda
  14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death
  15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.
  16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11
  17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
  18. Assist landmine victims in other countries
  19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care
  20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the Wilderness Preservation System
Hillary Clinton "solutions" 1-15 speak for themselves. 9/11 related measures #16 & #17 probably could have passed by themselves. That leaves Hillary Clinton having pressed for and achieved three solutions in seven years.

Again, Senator Clinton, welcome to the "solutions" business.

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