Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hillary and Barack: Liar, Liar, Pants (suit) On Fire, A Historical Perspective, Part 2

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." John F. Kennedy

I was originally going to write a post on the amazing number of outright lies that Hillary Clinton has put forth, both recently and historically. And there are a lot of them, making her no different than every other Washington politician. However, in researching her lies, I continued to come across the dozens and dozens of lies and deceptions of the current White House president, Barack Obama. Thus, as a warm up to today’s Hillary Clinton’s parade of lies, yesterday we reviewed the over seven years worth of lies and deceptions from the Obama administration.

Today, we will get to the original intent, reviewing the lies of Hillary Clinton over the years. The first and longest set of lies is based on the work of the Politifact website. The purpose of this website is to research and grade whether a politician's statement is true or false. It leans Democratic and liberal so when I find that it rates a Democrat’s statement as false it is usually REALLY false. Thus, the following review of Clinton lies is based on the fact finding and opinions of Politifact, not me:

Hillary Clinton: “The Clean Power Plan is something that Senator Sanders has said he would delay implementing.” 

Politifact: False. Sanders has said he supports the Clean Power Plan.

Hillary Clinton: “You are three times more likely to be able to get a mortgage if you’re a white applicant than if you’re black or Hispanic, even if you have the same credentials.”

Politifact: False

Hillary Clinton: “We now have more jobs in solar than we do in oil.”

Politifact: False

Hillary Clinton: "I am the only candidate on either side who has laid out a specific plan about what I would do to defeat ISIS.”

Politifact: False. While she may have the longest and most detailed plan, she is hardly the only candidate with a plan and no one knows if it is a good plan.

Hillary Clinton: “Every piece of legislation, just about, that I have ever introduced (in the Senate) had a Republican co-sponsor.”

Politifact: False

Hillary Clinton: “We now have driven (healthcare) costs to the lowest they've been in 50 years.”

Politifact: False. And anyone who reads our monthly series of posts under the theme, “The Unfolding Disaster That Is Obama Care” knows that this is nowhere close to being true in any which way.

Hillary Clinton: “ISIS is going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

Politifact: False. No evidence had emerged or was provided when she issued that statement. However, terrorist recruiting videos featuring her husband have emerged.

Hillary Clinton: “The gun industry is the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability.”

Politifact: False

Hillary Clinton: “The Benghazi probe is the longest running Congressional investigation ever.”

Politifact: False. With Politifact’s added commentary, “not by a long shot.”

Hillary Clinton: She stated that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker rejected state legislation to make college loan payments tax deductible and the result was “to raise taxes on students.” 

Politifact: False. The proposed legislation never even made it to the governor’s desk to sign never mind him vetoing.

Hillary Clinton: “Not one of the 17 GOP candidates has discussed how the’d address the rising cost of college.”

Politifact: False. Politifact specifically cited Rubio as having a plan.

Hillary Clinton: "Hedge fund managers pay less in taxes than nurses and truck drivers.”

Politifact: False. Politifact commented that even given extreme leeway in interpreting her comments that it is not true.

Hillary Clinton: “All of my grandparents immigrated to America.”

Politifact: False. Close, if you assume that one out of her four grandparents is “all.” 

Hillary Clinton: "The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s Presidency was a hundred times what it was under president Ronald Reagan."

Politifact: False. Not even close.

Hillary Clinton: “[Senator] McCain still thinks it’s okay when women don’t earn equal pay for equal work.”

Politifact: False. McCain never said any such thing, he just disagreed with a proposed bill on the subject.

Hillary Clinton: “If you are driving on average in America this summer you’ll save - according to Department of Energy figures, about $70.”

Politifact: False

Hillary Clinton: "I actually started criticizing the war in Iraq before [Obama] did."

Politifact: False. Clinton actually voted to go to war in Iraq while Obama voted against the move.

Hillary Clinton: “Obama only wants your children to have health insurance.”

Politifact: False. All of Obama's failed health insurance plans include adults also.

Hillary Clinton: She claimed that the difference between her and Barack Obama is “about 35 years of experience.”

Politifact: False. Which they sarcastically described Hillary with experience but not at math.

Hillary Clinton: “It’s just outrageous that under President Bush, the National Institutes of Health have been basically decreased in funding.”

Politifact: False. NIH funding was up under Bush.

There you have it, twenty blatant Hillary Clinton lies. The troubling thing about these twenty lies is that they are easily researched to see if they are false, something that the Politifact folks did. What other things has she falsely said or asserted that have not been checked out or which are difficult to check out? I am pretty sure that these are not the only twenty false deceptions she has uttered over the years.

The other troubling aspect of these lies and the lies and deceptions of all politicians is this: do they actually believe the lies themselves or do they hold us in such contempt that they think that we are too stupid to see through the lies? If they actually believe their own lies, than we as a nation are in big trouble since if they do not understand reality, their chances of being successful in reality are next to nothing.

And if they think we are too stupid to see through their lies than we have really devolved into a two part society: the elite and condescending political class and the rest of us, mistrusting each other so much that no issues ever get resolved as we play the cat and mouse game of who’s lying and who’s too stupid to understand they are being lied to.

But twenty lies is just the beginning. Consider the other lies she has spewed and have proven to be false:
  • Long ago when she landed in Bosnia, she claimed that her entourage came under sniper fire and they had to hurry into waiting vehicles to get safely away. However, actual video of her landing shows that sniper fire was not present or close to being present.
  • She claimed that the emails she deleted off of her private server when she was Secretary of State included a multitude of emails that she and her husband had exchanged. However, video proof shows her husband claiming that he had used the Internet only twice in his life and that was to order something from Amazon, not communicate with his wife as she asserted.
  • Hillary recently claimed that she had always been in favor of gay marriage. But again, actual video of her shows her claiming that marriage is a sacred vow between a man and a woman. She did not even try to use the Obama flip flop defense when his attitude on gay marriage “evolved,’ she just outright lied.
  • Hillary has recently claimed that she was against the NAFTA treaty, but as always, historical video shows that she was a big advocate of NAFTA long ago.
  • Andf who can forget her assertion long ago that she and her husband were the victims of a vast right wing conspiracy, a conspiracy that was never proven to exist.
  • And most recently, and most atrociously, she recently asserted that: "Now, is Libya perfect? It isn’t. Libya was a different kind of calculation and we didn’t lose a single person … We didn’t have a problem in supporting our European and Arab allies in working with NATO.” - Seems to me that we lost four brave Americans in Libya, Benghazi specifically. All because her and this administration did not take dozens of security warnings seriously and who refused to send help to save the lives of dozens of trapped Americans, four of whom who died.
Pathetic excuse for a leader, pathetic excuse for someone trying to be President. Lies, deceptions, and denial, lord help us. 

To see some of Hillary lies being rebutted by her own video clips go to:

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