Because the GOP thinks that Hillary Clinton’s email problems aren’t enough to destroy her as a presidential candidate, the House of Representatives created a special committee to investigate the four deaths at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. It follows six other committees, all of which exonerated Clinton from blame. Lest people doubt that the purpose of the current committee is to smear the former Secretary of State, Clinton, House Majority Whip and potential future House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) clarified the goal of Benghazi investigations that have cost taxpayers $4.5 million:
“What you’re going to see is a conservative Speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”
The GOP also brags about how they have slimed Clinton in the Benghazi committee by drilling about her emails. Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said, however, that no emails reviewed by the committee have “anything of consequence” about Clinton’s role in Benghazi. Republicans were simply using the horrible deaths of four people to make political hay.
In the most recent GOP presidential debate, candidate Carly Fiorina defied any Democrat to list Clinton’s accomplishments because Fiorina thinks that the former First Lady and Secretary of State has none. Here are a few that the Fox networks has listed:
Advocate for women and children: Clinton has fought for women’s reproductive rights, family values, and after-school programs for almost one-fourth of a century.
Equal-pay proponent: A strong supporter for equal pay, Clinton has continued to campaign on this issue.
Women’s safety: Clinton had a large role in creating the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women and made the cause a significant Clinton Foundation priority.
9/11 redevelopment. Working closely with senior New York senator, Charles Schumer, Clinton helped secure $21.4 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
Middle East ceasefire. Secretary of State Clinton brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas in November 2012.
Iranian Nuclear Deal. Clinton took proactive steps to negotiate a viable deal to placate Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Free-trade agreements. Clinton’s role in many U.S.-led bilateral trade agreements included a deal brokered between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Minimum wage. Her presidential platform and legislative record show Clinton’s support for raising the federal minimum wage.
Human Rights. During her long career, Clinton has worked to ensure labor and sociopolitical protections throughout the world.
Gun control. NRA advocates have long opposed Clinton on her push to keep guns off the streets and her advocacy for a national gun registry.
Other media sources and politicians have provided more Clinton accomplishments:
- Her China speech on women.
- Her role in killing Osama bin Laden.
- Management of the State Department during which time we saw a 50 percent increase in exports to China, aggressive work on climate (particularly at Copenhagen), and the effort to create and implement the toughest sanctions ever on Iran—helping to lead us to the agreement currently on the table.
“Hillary Clinton was the principal author of the sanction on Iran that brought them to the table. We cannot afford any Know Nothings like Carly in the White House.”
“She took the reins from a Bush administration that had left America’s reputation deeply damaged and planted the seeds for the foreign policy successes we see today. From the agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, to the landmark normalization of relations with Cuba, nearly every foreign policy victory of President Obama’s second term has Secretary Clinton’s fingerprints on it. Her accomplishments extend to health care, as well. As First Lady, she helped create and guide through Congress Children’s Health Insurance Program, a key program that brought health care coverage to millions of children. As a Senator, she worked across the aisle to provide full military health benefits to reservists and National Guard members.”
“After universal health care failed in 1994…, then-First Lady Hilary Clinton ended up being the White House ally and inside player who worked with Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch to create SCHIP [State Children’s Health Insurance Program] in Clinton’s second term, which expanded health coverage to millions of lower-income children.”
“She fought tooth and nail to protect the first responders who rushed into danger when the towers collapsed and was pivotal in the passage of legislation that helped those first responders who got sick get the care and treatment they deserved. She worked night and day to protect and create jobs in New York, whether that was at the Niagara Falls Air Force base or the Center for Bioinformatics at the University of Buffalo. She also led the charge on the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act, which is now the law of the land.”
“The first thing that came to mind was her authorship of the Pediatric Research Equity Act. This law requires drug companies to study their products in children. The Act is responsible for changing the drug labeling of hundreds of drugs with important information about safety and dosing of drugs for children. It has improved the health of millions of children who take medications to treat diseases ranging from HIV to epilepsy to asthma. Millions of kids are in better shape and alive because of the law Senator Clinton authored.”
“Iran sanctions. Secretary Clinton accomplished the nearly impossible mission of getting China, Russia, the European Union and the civilized world on board with crippling sanctions against Iran. This is what brought Iran to the negotiating table.”
A few more that haven’t been mentioned:
- Instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.
- Helped increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
- Spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War, Gulf War Syndrome.
- Worked out a bi-partisan compromise to address civil liberty abuses for the renewal of the U.S. Patriot Act.
- Proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.
What has Carly Fiorina accomplished? She has incessantly lied, fired 30,000 employees while heading up a major U.S. corporation that evaded U.S. sanctions by selling hundreds of millions of dollars of computer products to the terrorist regime in Tehran, and then got fired herself. Not much of a resume for the President of the United States.