Hillary’s Duplicitous Op-Ed on Helping America’s Poor
by Stephen Lendman
New York Times editors serve as her press agent, shamelessly calling an unindicted war criminal, racketeer, perjurer, Wall Street tool “one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history” - a deplorable perversion of truth.
They gave her feature op-ed space to claim she intends helping America’s poor as president she harmed consistently throughout her public life. She’s no progressive and never was - destructively neoliberal, certain to stay that way.
As virtual co-president with husband Bill for eight years, she was instrumental in getting jobs-destroying NAFTA enacted. As presidential aspirant, she earlier called TPP (NAFTA on steroids) “the gold standard in trade agreements to open, free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.”
As first lady, she supported racist get tough on crime policies, saying “(w)e need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders” affecting America’s poor, largely people of color, the war on drugs alone incarcerating countless thousands unjustly.
In the 1990s, she cheerled so-called welfare reform, eviscerating safety net protection for America’s most needy, supported it as New York senator and during her 2008 presidential campaign - despite studies showing poor families gravely harmed, deepening poverty affecting growing millions instead of alleviating it.
Now saying in her Times op-ed “(t)he true measure of any society is how we take care of our children” belies her longstanding contempt for their welfare.
Her lofty rhetoric about wanting “no child…ever hav(ing) to grow up in poverty” ignores the ravages of anti-populist policies she supports.
Claiming “(a)dvocating for children and families has been the cause of my life” is a despicable perversion of cold, hard facts.
Citing a Census Bureau report citing fewer Americans living in poverty in 2015 than a year earlier, omitted explaining other Census data showing around half of US households impoverished or bordering it - when most jobs available are rotten ones paying poverty wages, at a time vital social benefits like food stamps are being cut and proper healthcare is unaffordable for growing millions, Obamacare a failed experiment.
Claiming as president she’ll “help families lift themselves out of poverty (by) mak(ing) it easier to find good-paying jobs” flies in the face of bipartisan support for offshoring them to low-wage countries.
Saying “we also need a national commitment to create more affordable housing” ignores nothing in her public record supporting it.
Her lofty rhetoric belies her serial lying, her contempt for progressive policies throughout her public life, supporting wealth, power and privilege exclusively, along with America’s imperial wars, high crimes against peace.
The Times gave her feature op-ed space to lie, distort, deceive and claim an agenda polar opposite how she’d operate as president - ignoring all phony promises made campaigning.
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