Hillary Clinton Six Quotes on Socialism-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email containing six trivia questions alleging that Hillary Clinton is a socialist with Marxis’ leanings.
The words came out of the mouth of Hillary Clinton but they were taken out of context.
Let us examine these one at a time.
1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
According to an Associated Press June 29, 2004 article found in San Diego’s Union Tribune Hillary Clinton was in San Francisco campaigning for Barbara Boxer and Democratic Party candidates when she told supporters to anticipate the loss of the tax cuts that were passed by the Bush Administration if Democrats in the Presidential election and gain full control of the Legislature. Clinton said, “Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you. We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity.”
According to a May 29, 2007 article by the Boston Globe, while at the Manchester School of Technology, Clinton delivered a policy speech unveiling a nine-point “progressive vision to aid the middle class, address rising income inequality.” Trying to present a vision contrary to that of the Bush Administration, she said, “They call it the ownership society, but it’s really the ‘on your own’ society,” Clinton said. “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few and for the few, time to reject the idea of an ‘on your own’ society and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity. I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society.”
3)”(We)…..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
and 4)”We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”
On June 4, 2007 Clinton appeared with other Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama, and John Edwards on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. The quotes were taken from a response to a question from Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities USA. The monsignor asked,”You have spoken a lot about our need to work for the common good. In an age in which there is, oftentimes, narrow and excessive individualism, how will you speak to our country about the need for sacrifice, restraint, when it comes to the critical issues of taxes, gun control, health care, and energy consumption?”
Below is an extract as it appeared in the official CNN transcript. We have put the questionable quotes in italics:
CLINTON: I think we could reach that agreement, and then we would have to start doing the hard work of deciding what we were going to do to make sure that they were not uninsured, because an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an insured person. I mean, that is a fact.
So, what do we do? We have to build a political consensus. And that requires people giving up a little bit of their own turf, in order to create this common ground.
The same with energy — you know, we can’t keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil, and the need to deal with global warming, and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to God’s creation, and just let business as usual go on.
CLINTON: And that means something has…
CLINTON: … to be taken away from some people.
5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”
This appeared later in the same CNN transcript after Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, a Church Distributed of Longwood, Florida asked,”Abortion continues to be one of the most hurtful and divisive facts of our nation. I come from the part of the faith community that is very strongly pro-life. I know you’re pro-choice, but you have indicated that you would like to reduce the number of abortions. Could you see yourself, with millions of voters in a pro-life camp, creating a common ground, with the goal ultimately in mind of reducing the decisions for abortion to zero?”
CLINTON: Yes. Yes.
And that is what I have tried to both talk about and reach out about over the last many years, going back, really, at least 15 years, in talking about abortion being safe, legal, and rare. And, by rare, I mean rare.
And it’s been a challenge, because the pro-life and the pro- choice communities have not really been willing to find much common ground. And I think that is a great failing on all of our parts, because, for me…
CLINTON: … there are many opportunities to assist young people to make responsible decisions.
There is a tremendous educational and public outreach that could be done through churches, through schools, through so much else. But I think it has to be done with an understanding of reaching people where they are today.
We have so many young people who are tremendously influenced by the media culture and by the celebrity culture, and who have a very difficult time trying to sort out the right decisions to make.
And I personally believe that the adult society has failed those people. I mean, I think that we have failed them in our churches, our schools, our government. And I certainly think the, you know, free market has failed. We have all failed.
We have left too many children to sort of fend for themselves morally. And, so, I think there is a great opportunity. But it would require sort of a — a leaving at the sides the suspicion and the baggage that comes with people who have very strong, heartfelt feelings.
You know, when I first started thinking about this very difficult issue — because it is. It’s a moral issue. And it should not be in any way diminished as a moral issue, no matter which side you’re on, because I have seen cases where I honestly believed that the — the moral choice was very complicated and not so straightforward as to what a young woman, her family, her physician, her pastor should do.
And what concerns me is that there’s been a — a real reluctance for anyone to make a move toward the other side, for fear of being labeled as turning one’s back on the moral dimensions of the issue from either direction.
So, I would invite you, and I would be willing to work with you, to
see whether there couldn’t be some common ground that one could find.
6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched.”
According to a September 3, 2005 article by the Washington Post Clinton accused the oil companies of making a profit from the Katrina disaster by skyrocketing prices. The article said that Clinton had made clear her concerns over the “anxiety and anger felt by motorists was evident at nearly every turn in her travels throughout the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.”
Clinton said, “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in our entire economy that they’re being watched. I think human nature left to itself is going to push the limit as far as possible, and that’s what you need a government regulatory system for: to keep an eye on people to make the rules of the game fair, to make a level playing field and not give anybody some kind of undue advantage.”