UPDATE (Feb.13, 2015) : New Poll reveals that:
1. Likely Democratic voters want to see a contest for the Democratic nomination. According to the memorandum analyzing the data, “Virtually all respondents agree with the case for a contested race, with 98% agreeing that a competitive primary is good for the party, candidates and voters.”
2. When likely Democratic voters are presented with information about Elizabeth Warren and her populist positions on the issues ranging from trade policy to banking regulation to student loan debt, they become more enthusiastic about her running — and about backing her in a race that also includes Clinton. Indeed, while a plurality of likely voters remains undecided in each state, Warren moves into a credible lead over Clinton in Iowa (31-24, with 6 percent for Sanders) and a narrower lead in New Hampshire (30-27, with 6 percent for Sanders).
The desire for a debate is real. So, too, is the worry about a caucus and primary season where the Republicans are campaigning, holding debates and getting all the attention while the Democrats barely go through the motions.
New York Times: "Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to answer what has emerged as a central question of her early presidential campaign strategy: how to address the anger about income inequality without overly vilifying the wealthy."
Yes --- we don't want to get those rich folks angry, lest we be accused of envy and waging a class-war.
But her obvious ties to Wall Street aren't the only reason I won't support Hillary for President, there are many other reasons. Here are a few:
Hillary supported Bill Clinton’s overhaul of the welfare system, which gave states more power to remove people from welfare rolls and pledged to cut federal spending on assistance for the poor by nearly $55 billion over six years.
In 2001, she supported bankruptcy legislation that some Democrats — most notably Elizabeth Warren — had argued would hurt working families and single mothers. And they accused Hillary of doing the bidding of the financial industry. (From 2004: See the video of Elizabeth discussing Hillary's role)
On the proposed financial transaction tax: Dean Baker, an economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, has pushed the idea of a government fee on the sale or purchase of certain financial assets, which he believes could hold Wall Street accountable while funding social services. “Clinton people didn’t want to go near it,” Mr. Baker said.
It was Hillary's husband who deregulated the banks in 1999 that led to the financial collapse of the country. It was Hillary's husband that lowered the capital gains tax for the very rich (from 28% to 20%). It was her husband that signed trade agreement that outsourced so many American jobs. Then, after being married to him for all those years, she distanced herself, saying she was her own person.
Hillary once claimed her and her husband were "dead broke" after leaving the White House — but they're now worth more than $100 million today. (And what about Bill's ties to offshore tax havens?) She also once said that she didn’t consider her family as being "truly well-off". Oh Really? How does she define "middle-class"? If you don't know the people you're supposedly advocating for, then how can you govern on their behalf?
Senator Rand Paul: “It really doesn’t have so much to do with Hillary Clinton as it has to do with that she’s married to a guy who’s got a long history of sexual harassment." Hillary stuck by her lying and cheating man through numerous adulterous affairs. Why? Was the political power the glue that held that marriage together?
Maybe Hillary's least egregious offense was for initially supporting the invasion of Iraq (while being married to a draft dodger) — because she, like many others, had been lied to by the Bush administration. And also in Hillary's defense, I don't currently blame her for the Benghazi affair (but that could change if I learn otherwise).
In a Gallup poll conducted last month, 67 percent of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the United States. Since the economy collapsed and the Occupy Wall Street moment, many Americans have waken up to the excess and greed in this country. They are more aware of just how badly they've been getting screwed by our political leaders (both on the right and the left). Now many politicos are trying to act as if they "really" care about the declining middle-class, when all along they have profited from the status quo.
Take Hillary for example, who is, and always has been, a "Third Way" ("Centrist") pro-corporate "moderate" Democrat (not a New Deal "FDR" Progressive Democrat). But only now is she also jumping onto the "economic populist" bandwagon. A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton said Mrs. Clinton’s economic plan would be more populist and reliant on the government than the centrist approach of trade agreements, welfare reform and deficit reduction associated with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. (So -- Hillary has no real moral convictions either — she just blows wherever the political wind takes her. That sounds more like an opportunist, rather than a creditable and sincere political candidate.)
Speaking of which, what about her character? Here's a parody at YouTube of Hillary Clinton showing great courage while under fire as she and her daughter Chelsea greeted the Bosnian delegation while dodging bullets. Will this be our new Commander-and-Chief in 2016? Ask a real Veteran what it's really like to be dodging bullets. (Here's the actual footage of Clinton landing in Bosnia and a commentary from CBS News.) If Elizabeth Warren ever ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, Elizabeth Warren might be the only real bullet that Hillary Clinton would ever have to dodge.
That very last thing I want is to see the Clinton or Bush political dynasty continued in 2016. Can't America find some new (and honest) blood? But, just because I don't like, respect, admire and trust Hillary Clinton to be our next President, that doesn't mean I'm a misogynist. Although, as the better of two evils, I would prefer her over a Republican. But if I had a choice, I would love Elizabeth Warren to be our next President.