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How Corrupt Is Hillary Clinton?

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Barack Obama waited until he became President to become blatant about his corruption: his stay-out-of-jail-free tickets for all the banksters who had profited from causing the 2008 collapse, his  record-low prosecution-rate  regarding all of the financial elite crooks (even though Obama came into office right after  an orgy of elite criminality  in which banksters had defrauded the world's investors with faked AAA-rated MBS securities that they  knew were trash ), his increasing the U.S. production of global-warming fuels, his sell-outs to the military and to the NSA-CIA industries, his violation of his campaign promise to provide a public option in his Obamacare (promised so as to keep premiums down), and his appointment of 20 campaign bundlers to ambassadorial posts (sales of ambassadorships so bad that veteran diplomat  Thomas Pickering expressed dismay  that Obama was blatantly selling so many of these posts to the highest bidders).

   Hillary Clinton isn't waiting to be elected as President in order to sell out. Not only did she while First Lady sell out to the HMO industry in crafting her convoluted national health-insurance plan, and while Secretary of State  prop up instead of let fall  the fascist junta that had just ousted Honduras's progressive and popular democratically elected President, and not only is she a big booster of the same Wall Street firms that Obama is protecting from prosecution, but she now has been consistently selling out to Big Oil & Gas. She is a champion of deregulation - the same sort of thing that has been profiting the aristocracy while it is impoverishing and poisoning the public.

   The few anti-global-warming activists can just go roast in hell as far as she is concerned. First of all, while she was the U.S. Secretary of State, responsible for an environmental impact evaluation of the Koch brothers' proposed Keystone XL Pipeline to export to Europe (via their Corpus Christi refineries) the world's dirtiest tar-sands oil from landlocked Alberta Canada, her State Department produced an environmental impact statement that was  a triple-hoax : It refused to estimate the impact that the Pipeline would have on global warming; it was itself subcontracted out to an oil company services firm; and that petro-friend subcontractor had no climatologist. The coup de grace of her sell-out on global warming, however is this:

   On 2 October 2013, Joe Romm at Think Progress headlined  "More Bad News For Fracking: IPCC Warns Methane Traps Much More Heat,"  and he reported that, "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that methane ... is far more potent a greenhouse gas" than previously known, so bad it "would gut the climate benefits of switching from coal." And then, just five days after that stunning report, Jon Campbell in upstate New York headlined  "In Oneida County, Hillary Clinton Touts U.S. Oil-and-Gas Production,"  and he reported that at Hamilton College she praised fracking for methane, by saying, "What that means for viable manufacturing and industrialization in this country is enormous."

   So: to what corrupt big-money faction won't she sell out? After all: she's not even President yet.

   NOTE (public disclosure and explanation): I am a progressive Democrat, and, as such, would never even consider to vote for a liberal who would split the vote in a general election and thus cause a Republican to win. Republicans are conservative; I am progressive. I was thus strongly opposed to Ralph Nader. My political commitment, therefore, is to get the Democratic Party to nominate and win with progressive candidates. I thus would support - for the Democratic Presidential nomination - Elizabeth Warren, or Sherrod Brown, or Bernie Sanders converted to the Democratic Party, or else Alan Grayson (whichever one of those four people would be the first progressive to enter the contest for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination); but I would never support Hillary Clinton to receive any Democratic nomination whatsoever, and I believe that her record is actually so corrupt that if she were to win a Democratic nomination, I would abstain from voting, because I see her as being at least as corrupt as is Barack Obama: a traditional Republican dressed deceptively in modern "Democratic" verbal clothing. I am not merely against corrupt politicians; I am for politicians whose records suggest that they would fight vigorously against corruption if they were to win power. That is the political perspective from which I write, and is the basis for this article. 

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010 and of   CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity .

 

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
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I can't understand that.If you have the millions t... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:16:53 PM
Senator Elizabeth Warren is my great hope.Thanks f... by BFalcon on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:38:36 PM
I long ago looked at Hillary's voting record, and ... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 5:43:41 PM
So, if Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren, you'll... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 9:46:38 PM
Speaking of suckers.... Ralph Nader did NOT cause ... by David Weaver on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:53:18 AM
I just now have submitted here an entire post docu... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:56:41 PM
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Rob Kall rejected it because it " Opednews doesn't... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:08:50 AM
Not to be picky or anything, but Gore actually won... by Jill Herendeen on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:16:08 PM
He did, a simple fact so many of forget. ... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 6:22:02 AM
Weaver, here's my response to Nader's castigation ... by Ralph Demers on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:34:39 PM
I ran for Senate on the Justice Party ticket, vote... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:26:53 PM
Yes, I shall now do that: I am writing an entire p... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:32:17 PM
Regarding my submitted article on Nader: Rob ... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:11:02 AM
Regarding my submitted article on Nader: Rob ... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:12:04 AM
They are all rotten to the core, Elizabeth Warren ... by Timothy Gatto on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:15:27 PM
Not all Democrats are rotten:  TRUE.  Ku... by Jill Herendeen on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:13:40 PM
Argue for limitations, and they're yours. I d... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 6:23:46 AM
I can't believe she is not behind bars. If she wer... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 6:44:02 PM
It is one thing to vote in Dem primaries.  Bu... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:57:42 PM
Hill was first woman on board of directors of Walm... by Ethan Hollow on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:05:17 AM
I was a life-long democrat until the Clinton's too... by Walter F. Wouk on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 8:11:16 AM
Your congressman might be the Chris Gibson who rep... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:50:51 PM
I did not know all of this, but am not surprised. ... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:00:00 PM
Her joining with Jim DeMint to force a fascist dic... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:20:14 PM
Let's not repeat the Barack fuckup with Hillary No... by Alan MacDonald on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:44:39 PM
When you attack "that politically regressive and m... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 6:31:50 PM
Let's clear the air as to what the Democratic part... by Tom Madison on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 11:05:30 AM
Eric, the Democratic Party is BY FAR the more dang... by Alan MacDonald on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 2:38:55 PM
Wolin's book is a ceaseless string of progressive ... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:53:46 PM
Does anyone here understand that the Secretary of ... by Teddi Curtis on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 6:45:03 PM
Teddi, you didn't click on the links in my article... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 8:49:30 PM
Hitlery is a war criminal multiple time over. ... by Tom Madison on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 11:10:30 AM
Eric, if you don't vote, you are basically voting ... by Terry Sneller on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 2:06:27 AM
Terry, your first link was just propaganda for peo... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 5:53:30 AM
You make covincing prosecuton case for both of the... by Martin Cohen on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:16:26 PM
I'm just replying to Eric direct by email on 'how ... by Martin Cohen on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:22:33 PM
Martin, that article wasn't dated "long before he ... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:34:20 PM
Yes, I wrote the comment quickly and now must repe... by Martin Cohen on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:54:45 PM
I like the way you put that: "a failure of the pro... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 2:34:33 PM
Why vote a second time for Obama: For those with c... by Ralph Demers on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:19:03 PM
Great comments all but...No one can be nominated t... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:22:04 PM
If enough Democrats get to know, before the 2016 D... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:36:27 PM
Thank you, Eric.  You have really opened my e... by Sam Olivier on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 6:27:08 PM
I have previously asked  "Is the Obama Admin... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 9:16:44 PM
I read the referenced piece and once again the sca... by Sam Olivier on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 3:00:15 AM
My reply to your question is the same as my " Repl... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:18:42 AM
Same response I gave to Marty Cohen, Eric!Obama: F... by Ralph Demers on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:21:58 PM
I appreciate Eric Zuesse's disclaimer in "How Cor... by Carolyn LaDelle Bennett on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:17:13 AM
Please get it through your sick little head! I wil... by Kathleen Murphy on Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 at 11:18:32 PM
Kathleen (and all other Nader-supporters), please ... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 6:45:20 AM
was published just a moment ago at click here (it'... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 4:58:11 PM
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