Urbin Report

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hillary's Record

HRC keeps reminding people that she is the one with the "experience."
Jay Tea takes us on a stroll down memory lane to review some of that so-called "experience."

Back when Bill was Arkansas' Attorney General (and on the cusp of becoming governor for the first time), she thought it might be fun to play the cattle futures market. So she found a friend who was an attorney for Tyson Foods and giave him $1,000 to invest. Mr. James Blair helped Hillary parlay that grand into a cool hundred grand (an incredible near-10,000 % return on her investment).

And how did he work his magic? First, by getting two of Tyson Foods' top people to advise him (note that Tyson is a major player in actually buying and using these cattle futures, but we won't call it "inside trading," that would be crass). Secondly, by bundling Hillary's money with his own and making sure that "her" money only earned profits, while "his" absorbed all the losses.
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[HRC] decided to reward some of her loyal supporters by putting them in charge of the White House Travel Office. To pull this off, she had to fire the current staff. These were traditionally career employees, not political employees (some had worked there through at least four prior administrations), but that didn't stop Hillary. To justify their mass firing, she called in the FBI and had them look for the financial improprieties she alleged against the former staffers. None ever turned up, but by then Hillary's buddies were firmly ensconced in the office.

What we don't need is another round of signature Clinton Culture of Corruption politics in the executive branch.