WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2016 — Hillary Clinton continues to hold her lead in the race for the Democratic nomination and even rise in the presidential polls. Why? Friends who support her give no particular reason except for their dislike of President Bush and Republicans in general.
Pressed for specifics, they can’t explain how Hillary would be different—or better.
Hillary’s record of telling whoppers stretches back decades. Her crooked, ruthless attacks on political enemies and everyday women alike are well-documented, but largely brushed aside. Any other candidate—any other American—would be in deep trouble for so many of her routine acts.
What does Hillary have to say about the issues?
Her website opens with a signup page, where you can “Join the Official Clinton Campaign.” It asks for your email and zip code, but gives you an out: “Or just go ahead and donate!” You can, if you check the corner, continue on to a page that suggests, “Join the Campaign. Then Donate.” Options for us all.
Continue on to her “issues,” where you will be assured that “As Hillary campaigns across the country, she’ll be talking about more issues—stay tuned.”
Apparently, her polling isn’t complete.
Of her first issue (they’re listed alphabetically), Alzheimer’s disease, Clinton says, “We can prevent, effectively treat, and make an Alzheimer’s cure possible by 2025.”
The Constitution is clear: Congress makes the laws and the president enforces them. The Constitution contains the only official “job description” for the president of the United States. According to Article II, Sections 2 and 3, the president:
- Is the commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States and of each state’s militia when the nation has need of it;
- Has power to obtain information and opinions from heads of the executive departments;
- May grant pardons and reprieves for crimes against the United States;
- Makes treaties with other countries with the approval of the Senate;
- Appoints ambassadors, federal judges and heads of executive departments—subject to the approval of the Senate; the president also has power to fill any vacancies that may happen while the Senate is in recess;
- Must report to Congress from time to time about the state of the union and recommend whatever measures he thinks are necessary;
- May call members of Congress together on extraordinary occasions, as well as adjourn their meetings when they cannot agree on their own about when to do this;
- Receives foreign ambassadors and other public officials;
- Is responsible for enforcing the nation’s laws;
- Issues commissions to all officers of the United States armed forces.
President Hillary thinks she will don her white lab coat atop her pantsuit to “invest $2 billion per year in research for Alzheimer’s and related disorders.”
She won’t—it’s not her money. This decision belongs to Congress. However, assuming she can direct the funding, this roughly doubles current NIH spending on Alzheimer’s, $936 million for this fiscal year, up from $586 in FY2014.
Clinton makes no mention of what she will cut in order to move money to Alzheimer’s or whether she will simply raise taxes or rely on a comatose Congress to get us deeper into debt.
Research scientist Hillary suggests that the half-billion already being spent by the NIH isn’t doing anything, but she knows that 10 years of quadrupled spending will end with a cure. Rather than admitting the failure NIH must have been, she is ready to micromanage it and set its priorities. Why is it a federal obligation to do this, or where does the Constitution authorize interference in medicine at all?
“Interfere in medicine?” Well, yes, and in so many words. She says she, Hillary Clinton, will “coordinate with leading researchers to ensure progress toward the treatment goal.”
What if those researchers are better at looking into other challenges? And suppose research takes them in a different direction? Suppose there is a different threat that requires a more urgent response, like, oh, Ebola.
She has committed to forcing researchers to find a solution by 2025. How does she know that’s even possible? How does she know it will take a quadrupling of funding? And what will she do to them if they don’t find the solution she wants?
Pronouncements like these and acceptance of the mandates by “researchers” are reminiscent of the history of alchemy under absolute monarchs.
Hillary will also, as if the federal government has any such responsibility or authority, “alleviate the burden on families by covering Alzheimer’s care-planning services and protecting loved ones who wander from home,”
And just what are “care-planning services,” anyway, and how will they alleviate “the burden” on families? When Grandma gets Alzheimer’s, what’s your plan? When Gramps wanders away from home, what’s Hillary’s plan—call out the Army? And what plans and penalties does she have in mind for you when you go outside the plan?
Do you have any say in the plan, anyway? What happens when Grampa “wanders away” because he doesn’t like it? Who’s going to jail, in Hillary’s new Utopia?
None of those answers is available on her Alzheimer’s page. It’s all just a bunch of platitudes, driven by her hubris—that decades of research, billions of dollars, have led to nothing, but that her involvement will solve everything.
Doctor Hillary, indeed.
Her other published issues, in alphabetical order are as arcane as Alzheimer’s cures and support. Some of the following list are simply not under government’s mandate and should be left to a free market or Congress to cure.
They are the not-well-veiled attempts to pander to specific interest groups in an attempt to grab votes for saying she will do things she simply cannot.
But we will get to these in later columns:
- Campaign finance reform
- Campus sexual assault
- Climate change and energy
- Criminal justice reform
- Disability rights
- Early childhood education
- Gun violence prevention
- Health care
- Immigration reform
- K–12 education
- LGBT equality
- National security
- Rural communities
- Small business
- Social Security and Medicare
- Substance use disorder and addiction
- Veterans, the armed forces, and their families
- Voting rights
- Wall Street and corporate America
- Women’s rights and opportunity
- Workforce and skills