Friday, August 26, 2016

A Hatchet Job on the Clintons from the Left

Everybody hates them!  Even though nobody can actually find anything evil they have ever done!  But who cares?  It's so much fun to help turn the country over to a traitor. The object of my current disgust?  An article that appeared in Harpers' magazine a couple of years ago, which has suddenly been resurrected.  I found out about it from some alleged left wingers on Facebook who apparently do not have the ability to either read or think, and who seem to believe that it really stitches up the Clintons quite tightly.  I wouldn't bother with it here, but my response is so long that it was not suitable for a Facebook comment.  I'll direct readers of that thread over here; anyone else is welcome to read or not, as I give it a bit of the Wingnut Wrapup treatment:

"After endless delays and excuses, the Clinton Foundation released its 2014 tax return"

The publication date for this article was November 17, 2015. The Clinton Foundation's 2014 tax return was presumably not due until April, 2015, and if their accountants had filed for an automatic extension, that would make the public release of the information less than two months after the return was legally due.  That does not amount to "endless delays," but it certainly shows the tone of hysteria with which the author is about to present whatever material he was able to dredge up.

"Journalists are going to be scouring through this new financial information and pumping out “balanced” stories that evade what is already evident, namely that the  Clintons have used their foundation for crass profiteering and influence peddling. If the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies do their jobs, the foundation will be closed and its current and past trustees, who include Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, will be indicted. That’s because their so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich Clinton family friends. It is beyond dispute that former President Clinton has been directly involved in helping foundation donors and his personal cronies get rich."
Even though the writer of this article, one Ken Silverstein, seems to lack a single shred of evidence to support his maniacal claims.

And here is a damning piece of information:  The Clintons used an accounting firm from Bill's home State, Arkansas to handle the foundation's books.  About this, Silverstein says:

"It brings to mind Bernie Madoff, who also used a small accounting shop when he was running his notorious Ponzi scheme."

So now the Clintons are on a level with the biggest corporate criminals in American history, because they used a small accounting firm.  Because, by the way, we've never heard of criminality on the part of large and famous accounting firms.

"The new audit that was released yesterday was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a major accounting firm. I’ve been told by multiple sources with knowledge of the review that PwC was under tremendous outside pressure to turn in a truthful audit as opposed to the shoddy work performed by BKD. "

Multiple sources, all unnamed, of course.  Boy is that a common thing among people who like to attack the Clintons.

“I can’t say for certain that it’s illegal because I don’t have access to all the financial information but at best they are skating along the edge,” the source added. "

The (of course) unnamed source "can't say" that it is illegal, because he does not have a shred of evidence that it is; otherwise he would be pounding our heads in with it.  But that certainly won't stop him from saying it is, now, will it?

“They get away with it because the major media outlets are too lazy to look into it but the [Congressional] Benghazi Committee has access to the key information, and so do government agencies like the IRS, the SEC and the FEC. If you put together the information that all of these agencies have it’s obvious that the foundation is a fraud.”

The Benghazi committee!  The Benghazi committee had proof that the Clintons did something illegal, and they ignored it!  Can you even believe that someone had the nerve to say that?

Bill and Hillary Clinton have in tandem made enormous sums of money since Bill left the White House. According to the Washington Post, they netted at least $136.5 million between 2001 and 2012. “All the Benghazi committee has to do is match up Hillary’s travel as secretary of state with Bill’s speaking arrangements...can they get away with that? The committee is either corrupt or incompetent, or both.”

Oh yes, the Benghazi committee was on the take, covering for Hillary's criminality. And all on the say so of the usual unnamed sources.  Is there anyone on earth stupid enough to fall for that?*

"There’s also Sidney Blumenthal, another Clinton administration veteran and long-time Clinton family hatchet man. (Perhaps I’m biased but my view is that allowing Blumenthal to operate in the political environment is like letting Typhoid Mary loose in an orphanage.)"

Sidney Blumenthal!  And they paid him to work for them! And what's more, Blumenthal also works for organizations promoting Hillary's candidacy!  The corruption!  What next, is this article going to claim that Vince Foster was killed so he could serve as Hillary's personal liason with Satan?

Well, this malignant article goes on and on, filled with invective and smears, and without one substantiable fact to prove the Clintons were up to a thing but running a very successful and transparent charity, which has done tremendous good.  But, who cares?  It's been proven again and again, for over twenty years, that, when you are smearing the Clintons, everything is fair game.

*Apparently there are such people, or I would not have to spend my time writing things like this.


Infidel753 said...

Wait a minute, the Benghazi committee made up of witch-hunting Republicans was actually on her side? That's not even pretending to make sense.

Oh, and Hillary doesn't need a liaison with Satan. She is Satan. I've seen some wingnut commenters now putting "a.k.a. Lucifer" after mentions of her name. Hard to tell how serious they are.

Green Eagle said...

Yes, in order to believe the things the Republicans claim about Hillary, you are backed into a corner where the Benghazi committee becomes their willing collaborators.

And yet, millions of people are willing to swallow irrationality this great and worse, in order to go on believing the lies they have been fed for decades by Republicans. They are just too mesmerized by the promises to unleash the worst sides of their nature, without moral compunction, to give it up.