There is no doubt that with a statement taking a swipe at big corporations, Hillary Clinton is channeling her inner Elizabeth Warren. The Clinton’s have long been friends of Wall Street and with the 2016 Democratic primary coming around in a year, Hillary is most vulnerable from her left, as in 2008.

Report from USAToday:

An odd moment from Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail Friday – and one she may regret.

Speaking at a campaign event Friday for struggling Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Clinton offered this argument against “trickle down” economics – which focuses on cutting taxes and regulations so businesses can grow:

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people say, ‘What did you bring to Washington?’ He says, ‘I brought arithmetic.’ [Emphasis added]

If the former secretary of State runs for president in 2016, as she is widely expected to do, there is no doubt Republicans will make hay out of this comment.

It is reminiscent of President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment in July 2012 that became a pillar of Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign against him and a primary theme of the Republican convention.

Yes, Hillary’s remarks are similar to President Obama’s which have their origination with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

To quote Warren, in September of 2011:

“You built a factory out there? Good for you,” she says. “But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”

President Obama picked up the sentiment in 2012 and it appears Hillary is at least giving it lip service in 2014 ahead of the 2016 cycle.

20 COMMENTS

  1. “The New Deal”, “The New Frontier”, “The Great Society”, “Hope and Change”, “You didn’t build that”, are all smoke screens and rhetorical gamesmanship for expanding government in our lives. These bold vague slogans use non ideological language to advance ideological causes….to perpetuate our dependence on government. The left has abandoned any pretext for structural reform to problems facing society and instead totally embrace focusing on reinforcing the safety net strategy of enlarging government. They accomplish this by redistributing “want” not “wealth”.

    After the numerous recent failures and scandals in the federal government of regulatory agencies in the 2008 financial crisis, Obamacare rollout failure, F.E.M.A. during storm relief, I.R.S., V.A. hospital, N.S.A. snopping and C.D.C. slow response just to mention a few perhaps it isn’t government is to big to fail BUT to big to succeed?

  2. Let’s dissect the silliness of these socialists’ stances.

    1) Warren:

    “You built a factory out there? Good for
    you,” she says. “But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market
    on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us
    paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces
    and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.”

    response: She fails to mention who is “us” — we, the people, that did not voluntarily do any of these boons, but were forced at GUN POINT by a weaponized IRS and State tax collectors to pay taxes for the Government to do so (no choices were given to either the factory builders or the rest of the people).

    “You didn’t have to worry
    that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory,
    and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest
    of us did.”

    response: What utter tripe — the American people have not sized goods of any business, even during the Great Depression that followed 1929. Also, many businesses hire private security to protect their property, as a matter of routine. The only “marauding bands that come and seize everything at your factory (place of business)” have so far been IRS gun-toting agents — so the fear is not from the people doing wrong, but the Government being bad! See John Stossel’s *Illegal Everything* video where he shows how the weaponized IRS takes legitimate businesses away and jails their owners (the Lobsterman that got jailed is one of the many examples of Big Brother Governmental Abuse at GUN POINT)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBiJB8YuDBQ

    Conclusion on Ms. Warren — she wants to end private enterprise in America and substitute it with Government Ruled Enterprises instead. Ms. Warren has failed the test of History, not to know that this is exactly what happened in Russia after 1918 (thus guaranteeing the eventual economic collapse of the Soviet Union). As such, Ms. Warren is nothing more than a brainwashing liberal socialist apparatchik.

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    2) Hillary:

    “Don’t let anybody tell you that
    it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

    response: The reality is that ONLY private enterprise creates jobs that are productive, no one else does (the Government turns producers into non-producers as employes that create bureaucracy, and nothing else).

    “You know that old
    theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It
    has failed rather spectacularly.”

    response: Going off on a tangent (nothing to do with private enterprise possibly causing anything but a boon) just a crude spin Hillary injects into her usual nonsensical political spiel.

    “One of the things my husband says when
    people say, ‘What did you bring to Washington?’ He says, ‘I brought
    arithmetic.’”

    response: Funny stuff — Bill Clinton brought to Washington disgrace, shame, perjury (I didn’t know getting a BJ was having sex…), Impeachment and nothing else but lowering the moral standards of a whole generation by a President of USA!

    Conclusion on Hillary: Will do and say anything to get elected — perhaps the most vile and dangerous person in USA come 2016!

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    Wake up Silent Majority — the Enemy is at our doorstep!

  3. I thoroughly understand the points being made by Elizabeth Warren and Hilary Clinton. Sideways drilling and hydraulic fracturing has triggered an oil and gas boom unseen in Texas for the past thirty years. Roads that were built for 90 cars a day now has 90 cars a day plus 1,900 trucks. Most of these roads are part of the state’s farm-to-market system, which costs Texans $165 million a year to maintain. Many, many of these roads are now in need of crucial repair. The company trucks using these roads are strictly for-profit and they work for people that are in a race for profit, many from out of state.

    • Tess — that’s the best you can do, to defend these socialists trying to end private enterprise…?

      Scraping the bottom of the liberals barrel…..

  4. Purist positions are very noble but not suitable for a true democracy. If any party wants to make hay out of Bill Clinton’s “arithmetic”it will be a false challenge. He presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. Cut taxes for fifteen million low-income families, tax cuts were available to 90 percent of small businesses, and raised taxes on the wealthiest 1.2 percent. He deployed American troops to Somalia and Yugoslavia as part of peacekeeping missions. In 1998, he ordered cruise missile strikes on terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in East Africa.

    The annual government budget reports showed a surplus of 69.2 million dollars in fiscal year 1998, 76.9 billion in fiscal year 1999, and 46 billion for fiscal year
    2000 when Bill Clinton left office. The national debt declined by about
    17 percent under Clinton. All under a Republican controlled Congress. Now that is arithmetic.

    President Dwight Eisenhower stressed balancing the budget and
    paying down the national debt. This led to his refusal to give tax cuts to the upper income level. The United States had economic stability under Eisenhower. When Eisenhower left office the gross federal debt was down to 60.4 percent. Some more good arithmetic.

    • Tess says: “Purist positions are very noble but not suitable for a true democracy.”
      What the hell does this “politically correct” claptrap mean…do you even have a clue when pasting and posting such idiocy…?!?!?

      Who is Bill Clinton —- a President that was Impeached, lied
      under oath, perjured himself and destroyed a generation’s moral fiber
      by said perjury (“I didn’t know getting a BJ was sex…)! If he was a
      boss in a private enterprise — what he did to Monica would have gotten him fired FOR SEXUAL ABUSE AT THE WORK PLACE!

      Had Slick Willie been a Republican — he would have been crucified for this — but being a Democrook, he got way with it!

      What was Clinton’s “arithmetic” — calculating what travesties he needed to do to in order to divert the public’s attention AWAY from his sleazy affairs, and the following Impeachment.

      There was a great article about why some prosperity happened under his rule — because he was too busy dealing with his private problems, and had no time to mess with private enterprise!

      Impeached President Bill Clinton will be remembered as being the second person to bomb an European Capital — Belgrade — after Hitler!

      Why did Clinton bomb the European Nation of Yugoslavia — killing Christians in order to save Muslims (when it is Muslim terrorists we are fighting)? What possible threat did the Christian Nation of Yugoslavia present to the USA? And why did Clinton bomb their Capital on the holiest of Christianity Religious Holiday — Easter Sunday (when Muslim terrorists states were off limits to be bombed on their Muslim religious holidays) ?!?!

      Because Clinton did his Math — the only way he could DEFLECT his personal problems of the Monica sexual abuse, and the following impeachment proceedings, was to start a war! “Wag the Dog” is what he did — having no concern whom he killed, or whom he attacked!

      And it worked — the Media showed on TV Clinton’s bombs exploding and killing military trucks along with civilians on bridges in Yugoslavia’s Capital, Belgrade.
      And the brainwashed instead of asking for his removal from office, applauded when each bomb exploded — like it was a video game, that had nothing to do with Innocent Civilians being killed by Bill Clinton, just to save his political skin!

      How anyone can defend Killer Clinton’s actions is beyond the scope of decent people — only brainwashed, utterly brain-dead and thus parroting liberal apparatchiks can do so (since they have forfeited the right to be called humans by their lack of humanity and their vile propaganda)!

      • Surfisher:

        Don’t expect to get any response when you ask a liberal just what legislation or policies did President Clinton enact to accomplish this mathematics. President Clinton was the first American president that didn’t have to deal with fighting the Cold War. He therefore was able to REDUCE DEFENSE OUTLAYS FOR EIGHT STRAIGHT YEARS ENDING @ ONLY 3% GDP. In addition he had the tech bubble rising throughout his term in office and bursting right after “W” took office. THAT’S ARITHMETIC THE LEFT DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR !

  5. Impeachment is one of those claptrack words that sounds so damaging but simply means a person has been indicted. President Clinton was indicted and he was acquited, meaning the majority of Senators vocally voted “Not Guilty”. Right or wrong, having a lady or two on the side, is not uncommon since that practice was proven to have been going on as early as Thomas Jefferson. Franklin Roosevelt had his “Missy”, Eisenhower had his “Kay”, Ronald Reagan, a known ladies man, began his relationship with “Nancy” while married to Jane Wyman, George H W Bush had his Jennifer (Fitzgerald), George W Bush had “Condi” as well as the title of being a drunk for twenty years. Did any of them smoke cigars or drink whiskey or curse? The majority did. These habits are personal, and should be held separate from their performance as president, just as church and state should remain separate entities.

    The Dotcom mania was really about
    something that never fully developed and didn’t have a dot anyway. The shift of the computer from a computational to
    a communicating device, along with the Mouse and Windows, was the major cause of the Silicone Valley collapse. That many people bought stock in these Dotcom companies and lost their money is no different from people who bought stock in General Motors and lost their money. For some really poor economy (arithmetic) view the NASDAQ 2000 through 2008. If you buy any stock, it is a game of chance.

    • Besides the tech bubbles bursting around that time the stock market had to contend with the 9/11 attack and it’s aftermath from 2000 through 2008. President Bush in addition then had to rebuild the military budgets that President Clinton cut.
      ACTIONS DO HAVE CONSEQUENCES !

    • Tess — what a truly brainless defense for Bill Clinton’s impeachment!

      It had nothing to do with Bill Clinton’s mistress having sex with him, but Bill lying Under Oath on this, thus PERJURING himself (which is a FELONY)!

      Please, post some more of your liberal claptrap, so real Americans can see how defunct the “thinking” process of liberals is!

      • I’m a language fan. Note that Surf used “claptrap,” which means
        meaningless drivel; while Tess used “claptrack.” A claptrack is like a laughtrack. The media use it to pump up the sound of applause.

        So “claptrack” would be falsely creating or reporting support/significance that’s not there. And so, it’s appropriate in Tess’ usage, since impeachment is “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

  6. Just the facts:

    President Bill Clinton was found NOT GUILTY by a majority vote of the US Senate. He was found not guilty of perjury therefore he is not a felon.

    Hilary Clinton is not the only fairy tale reader. President George W Bush read a fairy tale,The Goat, during the devastating 9/11 attack.

    The Congressional Records will tell you this:
    President Eisenhower cut the defense budget 27%
    President Nixon cut the defense budget 29%
    President Reagan increased the defense budget 35%
    President George H W Bush cut the defense budget 25%
    President Clinton cut the defense budget 25%
    President George Bush increased the defense budget 53%
    President Obama has increased defense spending about 11% (has 2 years to go)

    If you think the market isn’t a bit nervous about the huge loses of General Motors and Ford Motor Company you aren’t market wise.

    • Tess:
      There is a difference between spouting facts which on the most part you did and putting those facts into perspective. For example President Bush reading a fairy tale during 9/11. He was at a school when the attack took place not neglecting his responsibilities as you vaguely imply. The photo shop picture I posted meanwhile was humor concerning Mrs. Clintons recent remark. Another example that needs prospective would be the reason why these Presidents cut or expanded the defense budget and the resulting consequences which you omit.

      Mrs. Clinton is currently attempting to back track her way out of this remark about businesses not creating jobs so I don’t see any need to go further into the stupidity of the comment. Just let me say that for the American public to assume Mrs. Clinton has the same political skills and savvy as her husband and would have the same economic policies is naïve. It would be like assuming Ted Kennedy would follow his brother Jacks policies of cutting taxes, free trade, strong dollar, anti communism, pro-growth foot steps. Each individual is different and would want to set his or her own foot prints in the presidency. Of course circumstances have a good deal to do with how those foot prints are laid out also.

      • Bob — trying to reason with stupid?

        My Pappy told me — you can do just about anything, but put brains into a fool’s head….

    • Tess — FACT:
      Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998.

      Being acquitted of both charges by the Democratically owned Sycophant Senate on February 12, 1999, and thus not removed from office, does not negate the fact that he was impeached.

      As such, Bill Clinton carries the stigma of being the 2nd US President to be impeached in our history as a nation.

  7. More Facts:

    Since 1797 the House of Representatives has impeached(indicted) sixteen federal officials. These include two presidents, a cabinet member, a senator, a justice of the Supreme Court, and eleven federal judges.

    The first official impeachment charge was Senator William Blount of Tennessee. The Senate dismissed the charges on Jan. 14, 1799, determining that it had no jurisdiction over its own members. However, he was expelled by agreement of both Houses.

    Associate Justice Samuel Chase, was impeached on charges of judicial bias.
    Acquitted on March 1, 1805

    Presidents that have been impeached (indicted) Andrew Johnson, seventeenth chief executive, and William J. Clinton, the forty-second. Both acquitted.

    The House of Representatives, July 27, 1974, charged President Richard M. Nixon with the first of three articles of impeachment. This one got away…he resigned before he could go to trial.

    War Secretary, William Belknap, March 2, 1876, minutes before the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on articles of impeachment, William Belknap handed President Grant his resignation. Regardless, the House members voted unanimously to send the Senate five articles of impeachment. He was acquitted and allowed to resign.

    The House of Representative had better luck with impeachment charges on Federal Judges. Seven removed from office. The remainder were either acquitted or allowed to resign.

    Impeachment: A majority vote of the House of Representatives is required to bring impeachment charges (Article I, Section 2, Clause 5), which are then tried before the Senate (Article I, Section 3, Clause 6). Two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict before an official can be removed. A person is not impeached until the Senate’s vote confirms it.

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