Hillary Care memos reflect the bad old days Posted by: McQ
on Friday, January 18, 2008
Judicial Watch is giving us a peek into the "experience" Hillary Rodham Clinton brings to the table with a look at some of the recently released papers from her failed health care initiative during the Clinton administration. As usual, some of what is found is a surprise, if not a surprise. For instance - cost and control:
A June 18, 1993 internal Memorandum entitled, “A Critique of Our Plan,” authored by someone with the initials “P.S.,” makes the startling admission that critics of Hillary’s health care reform plan were correct: “I can think of parallels in wartime, but I have trouble coming up with a precedent in our peacetime history for such broad and centralized control over a sector of the economy…Is the public really ready for this?... none of us knows whether we can make it work well or at all…”
"Broad and centralized control" is part and parcel of anything Clinton (and, in fact, many of the candidates) believe in, because she is a true believer in government being the only instrument of good. She distrusts the market, she distrusts business and frankly, she distrusts the people who, (It Takes a Village) she considers a vast group who are incapable of caring for themselves.
Enter the smarmy Jay Rockefeller:
A “Confidential” May 26, 1993 Memorandum from Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to Hillary Clinton entitled, “Health Care Reform Communications,” which criticizes the Task Force as a “secret cabal of Washington policy ‘wonks’” that has engaged in “choking off information” from the public regarding health care reform. The memorandum suggests that Hillary Clinton “use classic opposition research” to attack those who were excluded by the Clinton Administration from Task Force deliberations and to “expose lifestyles, tactics and motives of lobbyists” in order to deflect criticism. Senator Rockefeller also suggested news organizations “are anxious and willing to receive guidance [from the Clinton Administration] on how to time and shape their [news] coverage.”
The politics of personal destruction are often laid at the feet of the Clintons and rightfully so, but the architects and sleaze-masters who suggested or engaged in such attacks aren't as well known. Well, here's one of them. Note his concern isn't attacking the objections of the opposition, but instead "lifestyles, tactics and motives". American politics will be much better off when sleaze-merchants like Rockefeller wander back into the hills of WV never to be heard from again. That, of course, won't alter the Clinton "style" one bit, since they've found that, with willing accomplices (as pointed out in the Rockefeller memo) in the media, they can get away with it.
A February 5, 1993 Draft Memorandum from Alexis Herman and Mike Lux detailing the Office of Public Liaison’s plan for the health care reform campaign. The memorandum notes the development of an “interest group data base” detailing whether or not organizations “support(ed) us in the election.” The database would also track personal information about interest group leaders, such as their home phone numbers, addresses, “biographies, analysis of credibility in the media, and known relationships with Congresspeople.”
Anyone remember Craig Livingstone and the 700 FBI raw-data files that the White House obtained illegally? The story broke in 1996, but the files got accessed in 1993 by the former director of the White House Office of Personnel Security. Judicial Watch sued over the case, attempting to uncover the reason the highly-confidential files were requested by the Clinton White House.
I sure would love to see a cross-check of those records and opposition to the Hillary Caretm opposition list. But keep in mind, this task force certainly was interested in collecting personal data, especially on those in opposition to their ideas.
The records obtained, of course, are only the tip of the iceberg:
These records released by Judicial Watch were obtained from the approximately 13,000 records made publicly available by the Clinton Library. The National Archives admits there may be an additional 3,022,030 textual records, 2,884 pages of electronic records, 1,021 photographs, 3 videotapes and 3 audiotapes related to the Task Force that are being withheld indefinitely from the public. On November 2, 2007 Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the National Archives to force the release of all the Task Force records.
My guess is they'll be released November 5th.
These few documents give a little insight into the workings of something Hillary Clinton had a direct hand in, and, unsuprisingly, they reflect an organization which apparently used "secrecy, smears, and the misuse of government computers to track private and political information on citizens,” as Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
Do we really want to go through this again with the Clintons?
Meanwhile, she's pushing a falsehood out on the campaign trail by claiming she's "fully vetted". Where I come from that would mean we know everything necessary about Hillary Clinton and what she's done. 3,022,030 textual records, 2,884 pages of electronic records, 1,021 photographs, 3 videotapes and 3 audiotapes yet to be released argue persuasively against her claim.