isn't her experience all bad?
Q: Isn’t her experience all bad?
A: In the first Presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that Hillary “has experience, but it’s bad experience.” This is not true. Specifically, he was referring to the Iran Nuclear Deal and our intervention in Libya:
Far from a failure, the Iran Nuclear Deal was one of the most strategic successes of the Obama administration. And the crippling sanctions that Hillary personally fought for pushed Iran to the negotiating table.
Hillary’s critics have convinced many people that the Libyan crisis began and ended with the tragic attack on our mission in Benghazi. However, the U.S. intervention in Libya helped avert mass killings by the Libyan government. It also led to the ouster and death of Moammar Gadhafi, a brutal dictator, terrorist supporter, and enemy of the United States. What if the United States had not intervened in Libya? According to Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the U.S. Ambassador to NATO during the 2011 Libyan revolution:
We would have seen a massive humanitarian nightmare inflicted on the people of Libya by their government.
Q: Why didn’t Hillary close the loophole that allowed Donald Trump to avoid paying taxes for all those years?
A: In the Presidential debates and in campaign speeches, Donald Trump routinely challenges Hillary’s effectiveness as a legislator with the question: “Why didn’t she ever try to change those [tax] laws so I couldn’t use them?” However, as a recent New York Times article points out, Hillary did just that!
According to tax experts who reviewed documents obtained by the New York Times, it is likely that Donald Trump employed a legally questionable loophole that the IRS would have determined was improper in an audit. That loophole allowed equity-for-debt swaps, and as a U.S. Senator, Hillary voted to close that loophole in 2004:
Mr. Trump can no longer benefit from the same maneuver. Just as Congress acted in 1993 to ban stock-for-debt swaps by corporations, it acted in 2004 to ban equity-for-debt swaps by partnerships. Among the members of Congress who voted to finally close the loophole: Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.
Q: What were Hillary’s other accomplishments as a public servant?
A: Hillary’s record as a public servant includes her time as Secretary of State, U.S. Senator from New York, First Lady of the United States, and the First Lady of Arkansas. Here are just a few of her accomplishments:
As Secretary of State, Hillary demonstrated her “shuttle diplomacy” skills. During a brutal period of violence, Hillary cut short a trip to southeast Asia and flew to the region. A bus bombing struck Tel Aviv as Hillary arrived to begin an intense round of shuttle negotiations. But within twenty-four hours, the ceasefire went into effect.
As Secretary of State, Hillary made LGBT rights a focus of U.S. foreign policy. She fought for the first-ever U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and declared that “gay rights are human rights.” She also made the State Department a better, fairer place for LGBT employees to work.
Hillary worked with Republicans to expand health care access for members of the National Guard and reservists, making sure those who served and their families had access to health care when they returned home. And she worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act, allowing families of those wounded in action to care for their loved ones.
Hillary had been the U.S. Senator from New York for just a few months when terrorists attacked us on 9/11. She worked tirelessly to make sure that the 9/11 first responders who suffered long term health effects from their time at Ground Zero got the care they needed.
In 1995, Hillary spoke at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women. In this speech, she famously declared: If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all! As unassuming as that sounds today, declaring that “women’s rights are human rights” was very controversial at the time. Many within the U.S. government didn’t want Hillary to go to Beijing at all. Others wanted her to pick a less “polarizing” topic. But Hillary would not be deterred; she was determined to speak out about women’s issues.
When Hillary was First Lady, she fought for health care reform. When that effort did not succeed, Hillary kept fighting. She worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Today, CHIP provides health care to more than 8 million children.
Q: So she only got into public service because she was Bill Clinton’s wife, right?
A: No. Hillary’s call to public service began before she married Bill. When Hillary graduated law school, she could have joined a prestigious law firm. Instead, she chose to take a job with the Children’s Defense Fund, where she worked with teenagers incarcerated in adult prisons and families with disabled children.