The real Hillary
The (true) story that Hillary Clinton is a liar on issues big and small, that she uses half-truths, deceptions and dissembling to cover up her reprobate behavior is an old one.She will say anything to get money from bankers and say anything to get votes from people without bank accounts.
But it’s a story Hillary breathes more life into every day she moves closer to becoming president. The latest treasure-trove of evidence: a WikiLeaks e-mail dump chronicling her two-faced behavior in such dramatic tones that it should be required reading for anyone who thinks she has the temperament to lead this country. (She hasn’t denied the e-mails’ authenticity.)
At issue in the e-mails, which were apparently hacked from an aide’s account, is the disparity between her rhetoric when speaking before Wall Street types who are paying her (and whom she needs for campaign contributions), and voters she needed over the past year to win this fall’s presidential election.
But Clinton’s old lies shouldn’t lead us to ignore the new ones. In fact, the longevity of her lying from the so-called Travelgate fiasco in the 1990s while her husband was president to her current rationale for keeping a private e-mail server to accept classified information make them all the more noxious.
In between leaving the Obama administration and running for president, Clinton earned a small fortune making speeches to various corporations and lobby groups, the contents of which she tried to kept largely secret until the WikiLeaks disclosure. Her paid speeches to mega-bank Goldman Sachs are particularly intriguing.
Goldman may be among the most controversial firms on Wall Street for its role in gaming the nexus between Washington and the financial business (several of its CEOs set economic policy for Republicans and Democrats alike when her husband was president) and for its risk taking, which made Goldman a significant contributor to the 2008 financial collapse and the Great Recession that followed.
These are all points Hillary has made both implicitly and explicitly during her campaign; she never seemed to miss an opportunity to out-class-warfare her socialist rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, with banker bashing.
More recently, she has tried to cast her opponent, Donald Trump, a real-estate developer, as a modern-day robber baron mostly over his plan to cut taxes on the wealthy (like him) as well as small-business owners.
But that’s not the Hillary who showed up at Goldman, where she called attendees at her speech, which included CEO Lloyd Blankfein, “the smartest people” for their support for her presidential ambitions and presumably paying her several hundred thousand dollars in speaking fees. Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t recall Hillary evoking Lloyd’s name during any of her public speeches.