They are corporatists.
Always have been. They have just perfected the art of pretending they aren't. Bill and Hillary are not emotionally damaged, they are just out of the closet.
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The Clintons' corporate connections go way back. Hillary's connections to Wal-Mart and Bill's to Tyson, for just two examples, go back to Arkansas.
The Clintons' chief skill, honed throughout their adult lives, is best described as talking the progressive talk while they work hard for their corporate friends.
For just one example, while the two of them were posturing as populists and feeling our pain, here are a few of the Clinton administration's handouts to Monsanto:
- Michael Taylor was appointed FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Policy, a role created to expedite the approval process of genetically engineered foods. Prior to his appointment, Taylor was an attorney for Monsanto. Taylor authored more than a dozen articles critical of the Delaney Clause, a federal law passed in 1958 prohibiting the introduction of known carcinogens to processed foods. The Delaney Clause had long been opposed by Monsanto and other chemical and pesticide companies. When Taylor rejoined the federal government, he continued to argue that Delaney should be overturned. This was finally done when President Clinton signed the so-called Food Quality Protection Act on the eve of the 1996 elections. Taylor went on to become Monsanto’s Vice-President.
- Rufus Yerxa was nominated as U.S. deputy to the World Trade Organization. Prior to his appointment as one of the most powerful bureaucrats in the world regarding international trade policies, Yerxa was Monsanto’s Chief Counsel.
- Michael Kantor was appointed U.S. Secretary of Commerce. At that time, Kantor was also on the Board of Directors of Monsanto. In 1997 Kantor left his duties as Secretary of Commerce to join Mayer, Brown & Platt, a law firm that watches out for Monsanto's interests in matters of international trade, food safety, and product labeling. Prior to Kantor's arrival at the firm in 1997, one of Mayer, Brown & Platt's top lobbyists was William Daley. Daley was tapped by Bill Clinton to fill Kantor's spot in the cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. In that capacity, he has led the charge for Monsanto on several continents.
- The White House appointed Carol Tucker Foreman as the sole "consumer advocate" on an international committee assessing genetically modified foods. Prior to her appointment, Foreman was a lobbyist for Monsanto.
The Clintons' history is of betraying their populist rhetoric with triumphs like Hillary's healthcare "reform" bill, written in secret by healthcare industry lobbyists; the selling of NAFTA; the welfare "reform" bill that threw millions of children even further into poverty (and caused Peter Edelman, of the Children's Defense Fund, to break with the Clintons) (that was in 1996, while Hillary was writing "It Takes a Village"); and the Iraq sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children - "worth it," according to the dreadful Madeleine Albright, now advising Hillary's campaign.
Hillary's friend and longtime campaign strategist, Mark Penn, is CEO of Burson-Marsteller, whose business is "crisis management" for some of the worst corporations in the world.
"When is a disaster not a disaster? When it turns into a business opportunity... With good crisis management, a company can even ride the bad publicity of multiple deaths and come out smelling of roses." - Pat Anderson, writing in the professional journal Marketing Week, 22/4/94.
Burson-Marsteller's client list reads like a who's who of some of the most savage and predatory corporations in the world - Monsanto; Exxon; Kerr-McGee; Union Carbide (Bhopal); Babcock-Wilcox (Three Mile Island); Blackwater; Nestle; Philip Morris; SmithKline Beecham; Pfizer; BP Chemicals; Occidental Petroleum; Shell; even, amazingly, countries whose violations of human rights create a PR challenge, e.g. Argentina. Indonesia.