The Register’s Steven Greenhut accomplished two things in yesterday’s editorial; he got across how much he personally loathes Hillary Clinton and how her election as the first female president might serve as the cure for what ails the Republican Party right now.
Steve blasts Hillary’s “barely disguised support for massive government programs, her grating schoolmarm personality and her aggressive political behavior” as reasosn for her loathsomeness.Ã‚Â I don’t know if Steve has ever personally met Senator Clinton, but unless he has, the think the comment on her personality is below the belt.Ã‚Â As for barely disguised support for massive government programs or aggressively political behavior, well would those be criticisms of a male politician Steve?Ã‚Â Would you blast George Bush, Dick Cheney, Rudy Giulani or Karl Rove for the same approach?Ã‚Â Or are those comments sexist?Ã‚Â
I met Hillary in 2005 and led with a quick joke; she laughed, we posed and had a brief exchange about my hometown of Rome, NY.Ã‚Â I was pre-disposed, but found her as charming as I expected her to be.
I laughed at Steve’s description of Hillary as an “enemy of freedom.”Ã‚Â Yep, those Bushies are practically saints when it comes to preserving our freedoms.
As far as suport for massive government programs, Steve has to be factoring in Hillary’s Healthcare Plan.Ã‚Â Unlike the plan from President Clinton’s first term, which called for a massive overhaul of the present healthcare system, “Hillarycare 2.0” is based on choice.Ã‚Â Today’s private healthcare system is broken.Ã‚Â Americans pay way too much for healthcare and don’t nearly get enough back from our investment.
The staple of her planÃ‚Â is pretty simple.Ã‚Â If you have health insurance you like, you keep it.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â If you don’t have insurance or you’re not happy with the coverage you have,Ã‚Â you can buy new insurance on your ownÃ‚Â through a purchasing pool set up and maintained by the government.Ã‚Â You canÃ‚Â select from a choice of plans in much the same way federal workers (and Congress)Ã‚Â and employees of large companies do now with similar benefits.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â No insurer can deny you coverage or charge you more because of pre-exisitng conditions.Ã‚Â The cost of insurance would drop or hold the line because of lower overhead. If you’reÃ‚Â too poor to afford this coverage, the government would help you with financial assistance while continuing to make Medicaid and other safety-net programs available to the very poor.Ã‚Â Its a lot less expenses than going to the emergency room.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
A massive government program? Yes, but still dramatically cheaper than fighting an unjust war in Iraq and paying private contractors 40 cents from every tax dollar spent there.
A disclosure: I wrote Hillary a check in 2005 for her Senate bid (I’m from upstate New York and most of my family is still there); and I wrote her a check in June.Ã‚Â While I’m sure she’s going to make her share of mistakes before now and the primary, unlike Chuck DeVore’s candidate, former Senator Fred Thompson, at least she knows the Soviet Union has been out of comission since the early 1990s.Ã‚Â I also think Hillary is capable of staying awake for much of the day.Ã‚Â And Bill Clinton would be an outstanding asset to restoring America’s alliances around the world.
Since Chris Prevatt has already endorsed John Edwards and Andrew Davey is a huge Senator Obama support, I’d like to announce my own endorsement. I supportÃ‚Â Hillary Clinton for president in 2008.Ã‚Â And I will go to the bumper sticker: it takes another Clinton to clean up after another Bush.