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A Matter of Trust

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The Obama campaign just released this memo…  20/03/20008

Senator Clinton made her “opposition” to NAFTA a cornerstone of her Ohio campaign.  There was only one problem: she wasn’t telling the truth to Ohio voters.  Misrepresenting your position and carefully parsing your words when you don’t think you will get caught are the hallmarks of the kind of politics that Barack Obama is running to change.  That’s the kind of politics that led us into war in Iraq and gave us a tax code that lets those with offshore investments pay a lower tax rate than the average working family in Pennsylvania. 

It’s about trust. 

Working Americans are looking for a President who will be consistent in standing up for American workers—and have the integrity to be consistent in his or her views.  Senator Clinton has failed that test: though she now rails against NAFTA on the campaign trail, her records as first lady show that she actively lobbied for NAFTA’s passage.Thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s White House schedules released yesterday show that she was one of the administration’s top proponents of NAFTA, attending at least four meetings to advocate for its passage.That was then.  Now that she’s running for President, Clinton has changed her tune. Less than a month ago, Clinton said at a debate that “I have been a critic of NAFTA from the very beginning. I didn’t have a public position on it, because I was part of the administration, but when I started running for the Senate, I have been a critic.” 

Really?  Attendees at the 1993 NAFTA briefing where Clinton served as the closing act say that she was “totally pro-NAFTA and what a good thing it would be for the economy.”

NB.
* See how we raised the issue of trust, [in para 3 – headed “the underlying message”] in our article titled “In Answer to Antonia” –  2 days earlier. * Our profile piece on   “Clintonism: Politics without Principle”

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  1. This is an excellent example of why Obama’s open table policy is such a good plan, in order that the American people be allowed to be included and be aware of what is happening in our government.

    That is, after all, what a Democracy is suppose to be all about. How far we’ve gotten away from that during the closed book days of the Bush administration and the secretiveness of the Clinton administration.

    It is time for major changes in our government and leaders of the free world, so that the citizens can once again feel that we have a say. That will help to create an environment that makes people want to work toward a better country.

    Posted by Ritz | March 21, 2008, 5:41 pm