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January 31, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Why Hillary’s Latest Commercial is a Complete Farce

Have you noticed that Hillary talks big about taking down “corporate power “and “taking a stand against the oil companies.” Unfortunately its not listed anywhere in her 14+ pages of lofty campaign goals. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

The proof is in the pudding, I did a Google search targeted to Hillary’s campaign issues pages (see footnotes below) and “corporate power” and taking down the power of “oil companies” didn’t show up except in relation to a tangential mention of agribusiness. Seriously agri-business????? Wonder why the absolute silence on these two issues which she is touting on her fundamental campaign?

First, she has gone after big dollar contributors for much of the bling in her campaign coffers.

Second, now she see’s in order to carry the banner of “change” she has to talk about corporate power and lobbyists. This means that taking a stand against such things means she should either give the money back or stop the campaign. Using that money and ultimately returning those monetary favors is aquiessense to the very powers her commercial attempts to decry. I think I smell a contradiction anyone. (Flip-flip anyone? Double back flip with a twist, perhaps?)

Third, if you really think it is a core issue, why hasn’t it been featured in any media coverage as a central campaign theme? This is clearly a last ditch effort to coopt votes and rhetoric from Obama. Perhaps Hillary should go back to the tape from the debate at the Daily Kos convention to refresh her memory.

Its time for Hillary’s words and deeds to come from being in contadiction to in sync in order for them to have any value (beyond a jelly donut). Her ethics and our democracy and our people demand no less.

Footnotes:

1. Oil companies are of course mentioned in her Energy Policy paper, but not in relation to the power and corruption of oil companies. Its not there.

2. On the issue of corporate power, this policy paper on Government Reform mentions corporate welfare, but not in the comprehensive way that the commercial discusses. And if lobbying dollars and corporate dollars corrupting our democratic process is really what she meant, then she has some requisite action to engage in to make her political rhetoric match her political deeds.

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  1. lpkb / Jan 31 2008 3:23 pm

    I haven’t seen the commercial, but if she’s really suddenly about reigning in the evil corporations . . . it sounds like a blatant “say anything” attempt to woo Edwards voters now that he’s out.

  2. kasunh / Mar 19 2008 2:56 pm

    hmm dont have anything against hilary. But to me it amazes why selecting obama is so difficult over hilary. easy choice

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