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Serious Questions for Hillary

Friday, 25 Jan 2008 08:01 AM

By Lowell Ponte

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The questions were as penetrating as one would expect when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently appeared on fashion model Tyra Banks’ weekday television chat show.

All were of the “Mrs. Clinton, are you a goddess or just a saint?” variety, turning Banks’ show into an unpaid Clinton commercial, a valuable campaign contribution.

During one of her rare recent appearances with a journalist, Clinton dodged a Tim Russert question on "Meet the Press" by imperiously cackling: “Tim, I can’t let you get away with that.”

Russert, apparently cowed by fear of the feminist backlash that forced a recent groveling apology to her from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, backed off.

This brings up the prospect of what questions might be asked of Clinton if a genuine journalist seriously interrogated her. Here's my list:

1. Mrs. Clinton, will you pledge that as president you will never appoint to any federal court, including the U.S. Supreme Court, anyone who has had a law license suspended for unethical behavior? Of course, your husband Bill Clinton’s license to practice law was suspended for five years for lying under oath in a court case.

2. Mrs. Clinton, your concern for healthcare, especially for women and children, has inspired many. Among the biggest health problems of our time are sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), including AIDS.

In Africa, Barack Obama and his wife volunteered to be publicly tested for HIV, not because they feared having it but to set a good example that encouraged others to take such tests on this AIDS-plagued continent.

In that spirit of encouraging others, will you and your husband prior to the Democratic National Convention volunteer to be tested for HIV, and to make the results of these tests public?

Unlike past presidential candidates, you and your husband have refused to make your medical records available to reporters — although your 1993 health plan would have opened every citizen’s health records to any curious government bureaucrat.

3. Mrs. Clinton, given the disgrace your husband brought upon the presidency through his promiscuous behavior, would he be given an office in your White House?

4. Mrs. Clinton, you have fought to end the exploitation of women in white slavery and international prostitution. But in 1996, you and your husband reportedly welcomed a campaign contribution of $400,000 from the boss of an alleged prostitution racket in Macau — money he allegedly made on the backs of enslaved, exploited women. How do you square taking this money with your feminist ideals?

5. Mrs. Clinton, what money or promises have you or your operatives offered to former Sen. John Edwards to stay in the presidential race to split the anti-Clinton vote and thereby make possible your victory over Sen. Obama?

Are the stories true that you and your husband had such a secret arrangement in 1992 with Ross Perot, who by attacking incumbent Republican George H.W. Bush siphoned off enough votes that you and Bill could win the presidency with only 43 percent of the popular vote?

6. Mrs. Clinton, you continue to stonewall journalist requests to see your records as first lady.

Days ago the watchdog group Judicial Watch released a few documents it had acquired concerning your 1993 National Taskforce on Health Care Reform, which met in secret and never publicly revealed who was on it.

One of these documents was a June 18, 1993, internal memorandum authored by someone with the initials “P.S.” who wrote of your healthcare plan: “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 . . .”

Your health plan was by any measure an example of what author Jonah Goldberg titled his new best seller, "Liberal Fascism." Your scheme would have forced everyone into a single authoritarian plan, and would have fined any doctor $10,000 for treating a patient outside your socialist plan.

In retrospect, was your attempt to nationalize and impose socialism upon one-seventh of the nation’s economy, the health sector, too secretive and too authoritarian? Can you promise never again to attempt any such high-handed expropriation if you become president?

7. Mrs. Clinton, the Clinton administration attempted to make “religious harassment” a crime in the workplace comparable, ironically, to sexual harassment. A manager could commit “religious harassment” merely by wearing a cross or a yarmulke or by having a Bible on his or her desk, and this could result in huge fines. As president would you again try to make religion a crime in the workplace?

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