Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chelsea Clinton says Mom supports Free College Tuition

It seems as though every good original idea Bernie Sanders proposes, Hillary later claims she'll do the same. Hillary must be Feeling the Bern! Now we're just waiting for her formal endorsement of Bernie ;)

When Chelsea Clinton was campaigning at a "Women for Hillary" event at a recent New Hampshire townhall, she was asked about her mom's ties to Wall Street, Social Security COLAs, college tuition costs, healthcare and about herself (Chelsea) — and if maybe some day she too would run for President.

On COLAs for Social Security recipients, Chelsea said her mom believes Social Security, the minimum wage and all federal legislation should be indexed to the median wage, and that Hillary will work on that through executive action — and when that's not possible, she would do it through the legislative process — meaning, by working with Congress. Here's how Bernie and Hillary differ on Social Security.

On student loans, Chelsea said her mom believes students should be able to renegotiate their loans; that student loans should be indexed to people's income and that college should be "more affordable". Chelsea also claimed that her mom believes that middle-class and low-income families should be able to send their kids to public 2 and 4 year universities and colleges "tuition free" (just like Bernie Sanders' plan); and that tax credits should be available to offset other college costs.

Chelsea also said Hillary has "actually articulated how she's going to pay for all of this, which is a big distinction between her and her main opponent " (not mentioning Bernie by name). But Bernie has already said that the cost of his plan for college tuition is fully paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators. Here's Hillary's stated stand on college tuition.

On healthcare, Chelsea mentions Bernie Sanders' idea to allow insurance companies to cover prescription drugs sold in other countries. Chelsea said: "That's particularly important to places like New Hampshire, that are so close to Canada." Just like Bernie has been saying all along.

In her own words in this 7 minute video...

This post was a follow-up to Hillary Clinton's Attack on Bernie Sanders fails Truth-Meter

As an aside: CNN (January 13, 2016) Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who wouldn't prosecute the bankers, is now endorsing Hillary Clinton — and like Chelsea, will campaign for her.


  1. U.S. News and World Report (Jan. 13, 2016) Hillary Clinton's Health Care Attack Makes No Sense:

    "The Clinton camp is lambasting Bernie Sanders' health care plan, but its critique is blatantly dishonest. Clinton is lambasting Sanders' proposal for a universal, single-payer health care system. And she's doing it in a pretty dishonest way. Clinton's daughter Chelsea got in on the act, too, in an even worse manner, claiming that Sanders wants to "dismantle Obamacare." This is mostly rank nonsense. A single-payer system, like it does in many other countries, would cover everybody, period. To say otherwise is either willfully misunderstanding how it would work or simple scaremongering."

    * NOTE: Senator Bernie Sanders and professional journalists in the mainstream media hate to use the word 'liar".

  2. UPDATE: Today "The Nation", America’s oldest weekly magazine, just endorsed Bernie Sanders. The Nation only endorsed twice before: Jesse Jackson in 1988 and Obama in 2008.

  3. Netroots Petition -- January 13, 2016

    Tell Hillary Clinton to Stop Lying About Single-Payer

  4. On Thursday, January 13, 2016 (tonight at 6:15 p.m. Pacific Time), on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, I heard Hillary Clinton say it's important for her to win the election to "continue President Obama's legacy."

    But I thought Hillary wasn't running for Obama's (or her husband's) third term in office — so why should Obama's legacy matter to her? She's always said she was going to be her own person.

    And lot of people weren't very happy with Obama giving a speech at Nike headquarters about offshoring jobs when promoting the TPP trade deal -- a deal that Hillary promoted 45 times, before she said she was against it. Is that the "legacy" Hillary wants to continue?

    And a lot of people very weren't happy that Obama extended the Bush tax cuts for 2 more years. And they weren't very happy that Obama considered using chained-CPI to limit COLAs for Social Security recipients. Is that the "legacy" Hillary wants to continue?

    Also, lot of people weren't happy about bailing out the banks, and then later not prosecuting the bankers for tanking the economy. Is that the "legacy" Hillary wants to continue?

    Hillary Clinton recently said before she wanted to "continue President Obama's legacy" -- before she was on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight -- I just can't remember when that was. But it appears she's now trying to get Obama's supporters to rally for her because she's been losing so much ground in the polls.

    And Obama is wrong — he wouldn't win a third term if he could run for President again, not if he were running against Bernie Sanders (or Elizabeth Warren). Maybe if Obama were running against Hillary Clinton again, then yes, Obama could win a third term easily.

  5. Recent polling suggests Hillary Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is not only ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire, but is neck-and-neck, perhaps even ahead, in Iowa.

    Clinton has responded to the adversity by doing, frankly, what Clintons always tend to do -- going on the attack. What Clinton has recently come up with, however, is strategic madness.

    The most astounding mistake Clinton has made in recent days is the way she’s gone about competing with Sanders on the issue of health care. Sanders favors a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. Clinton would prefer to make incremental expansions to Obamacare.

    Clinton’s gone all the way 'round the bend and has decided to ramp up unnecessary fearmongering, dispatching her daughter to New Hampshire to darkly warn that Sanders is gonna take everyone’s health care away.

    Of course, this is not true. Under a single-payer system, everybody gets health care. That's the entire point, as Hillary Clinton well knows. Chelsea Clinton knows it too. Chelsea Clinton has a masters degree in public health from Columbia. She knows exactly how what she’s saying obfuscates the issue.

    The Democratic Party has been advocating for a single-payer health care system since the Truman era. Hillary Clinton herself said in 1994 that a single-payer system was all-but politically inevitable, and advocated making Medicare available to all Americans in 2008.

    Politicians don't win races by trying to pull the wool over their potential supporters' eyes about core policy beliefs they have held for decades. Clinton's cynical, dishonest assault on single-payer is consistent with the weird, sinister turn her campaign made at the outset of 2016 ...

    This is not a battle of ideas; it’s an investment in cynicism. And it's hard to avoid a few ugly conclusions. Clinton has not learned from the mistakes of 2008. She does not understand the Democratic Party's base. She does not respect the activists and intellectuals who have fought to establish the party's economic policy agenda over the past 50 years. And she thinks voters in early primary states are dumb enough to fall for obvious dishonesty, just because they already like her.

    But here's a hard truth: No Democratic president is going to be able to enact any version of his or her policy agenda with a Republican Congress. Either Sanders or Clinton will be playing defense on Obama's legacy for at least one term in office. There is almost no chance of actual liberal legislating before 2020.

    The Democratic primary is two things. One, an authenticity contest ... Two, a statement of the party's purpose ... Clinton's recent domestic policy offensive fails on both fronts.

    Nobody really believes that a woman who served on the board of Walmart when her husband was governor of Arkansas and who made millions of dollars giving speeches to big banks and private equity firms is a populist Democrat. And nobody really believes that a woman who previously advocated for single-payer now thinks it will destroy Medicare ...

  6. Clinton’s Attack on Sanders’ Health Plan

    Fact Checking Chelsea Clinton on Health Care

    Posted on January 15, 2016