It seems she just can't help herself.
(January 8, 1996) New York Times: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar."
20 Years Later
(February 18, 2016) Hillary Clinton was interviewed at her Las Vegas campaign office two days prior to the Nevada Caucus. Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, begins by asking Clinton what she thinks Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have tapped into, saying "It's a powerful thing." (Below is the 2½ minute video and transcript.)
HILLARY CLINTON: Look, I do think, Scott, people are angry. People feel like - you know - there government's not working for them. The economy's not working. The political system is not working. So I think people are angry, but they're also hungry for solutions. But I also see in the eyes of the people I'm meeting with, "Okay, tell me something I can believe. Don't over-promise. Tell me what I can believe you will do for me and my family." And that's what I've tried to do.
PELLEY: Your resume checks almost every box in terms of experience, but that doesn't seem to be what the American people want in this election.
CLINTON: You know, I think at the end of the day, voters understand they are selecting someone to be both president and commander-in-chief. And I'm proud of the experience that I have that will enable me on day one to do all aspects of the job. I think Democrats are also beginning to really focus on who can actually beat the Republicans. I know how to go after what Republicans stand for and to defeat them because I believe with all my heart every one of the ones running on the Republican side would be really bad for America.
PELLEY: What's your tax plan? Who gets a tax increase? Who gets a tax cut?
CLINTON: Well, first, I am not raising taxes on the middle class. Period. I'm going after incomes $5 million or more that I think have too many opportunities to game the system and escape paying the taxes that they should. I'm going after corporations that are gaming the system. I wanna have a sensible corporate tax policy.
PELLEY: Senator Sanders said that he would raise taxes on any family that made $250,000 and above. Is that your level, $250,000?
CLINTON: Well, I've said I will not raise taxes on anybody $250,000 or below. But here's the problem with Senator Sanders' plan. His numbers don't add up. There is no way for him to fulfill the promises he's making without raising taxes on the middle class.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is very significant, because Bernie Sanders wants to lift the cap for those who are obligated to pay Social Security taxes on income up to $118,500 a year to expand Social Security and shore up the trust fund. Sanders wants to lift the cap to $250,000 a year; Clinton does not want to lift the cap at all. Eight years ago she had this same exact argument with then-Senator Obama when she was running against him. Obama also wanted to lift the cap, she did not. During the last Sanders/Clinton debate this was briefly brought up, when Clinton claimed to never have seen Sanders' plan. The Social Security Administration’s chief actuary said earlier this month in a letter that Sanders' bill would extend the Social Security old age and disability trust funds by 40 years — from 2034 to 2074. Sander's (dare I say) awesome tax plan would repeal the special, low income tax rates on capital gains and stock dividends for married couples with incomes greater than $250,000. Currently, capital gains are taxed at 23.8%, which is still lower than the top bracket for regular wages — at 39.6% — whereas Hillary Clinton's tax plan would raise the marginal tax rates with a new tax bracket and/or add a 4% surtax on taxpayers with incomes over $5 million; but would ALSO lower the capital gains tax rates for those making up to $5 million a year. (See the tables below). Clinton says she will not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 — meaning she won't raise the cap for Social Security. According to wage data from Social Security, only 1.2% of all wage earners in the U.S. make $250,000 or more in a year. That's who Hillary Clinton thinks is "middle-class". And that was her same argument against Obama eight years ago. She was wrong then, and she's wrong now. The only difference is, back then she was disagreeing with Obama, now she's disagreeing with Bernie Sanders — and she's made that an issue — that Bernie Sanders is "anti-Obama' because he disagreed with him on other issues, such as the TPP trade agreement (which was to get Black votes). So the whole point is, Hillary is still a congenital liar.
PELLEY: You know, in '76, Jimmy Carter famously said, "I will not lie to you."
CLINTON: Well, I have to tell you I have tried in every way I know how literally from my years as a young lawyer all the way through my time as secretary of state to level with the American people.
PELLEY: You talk about leveling with the American people. Have you always told the truth?
CLINTON: I've always tried to. Always. Always.
PELLEY: Some people are gonna call that wiggle room that you just gave yourself.
CLINTON: Well, no, I've always tried --
PELLEY: I mean, Jimmy Carter said, "I will never lie to you."
CLINTON: You know, you're asking me to say have I ever - I don't believe I ever have. I don't believe I ever have. I don't believe I ever will. I'm gonna do the best I can to level with the American people.
Tell me lies
Tell me sweet little lies
Oh, no, no you can't disguise...