Hillary Clinton served on the board of directors at Walmart from 1986 to 1992. A year later Bill Clinton would be sworn in as President of the United States. On January 20, 1993, and less than a year after that, on January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) "entered into force."
The results were devastating to America as trade barriers were lifted, allowing over 700,000 jobs to evaporate. Factories shut down and fled the U.S. racing across the borders for the cheapest labor and least restrictive environmental and safety regulations possible. Walmart profits skyrocketed.
If one is ambitious enough, it's possible to see opportunity in suffering. It's even easier if you know you are going to play at least what appears to be a tertiary role in creating that suffering. Thus is born "the various projects of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation that address economic inequality"
After the 2014 election, with a turnout of only a third of registered voters elected the Republicans for the most part, President Obama is playing out a Faustian allegory. Suddenly he's willing to take executive action on Immigration Reform. Suddenly he's in favor of Net Neutrality, despite appointing a former lobbyist for the cable industry as head of the FCC.
The Devil is breathing down his neck. President Obama must be more motivated to veto the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If he is certain that Hillary Clinton won't win the presidency in 2016, he can sign the bill and leave public office knowing his future is filled with open doors on Wall Street for him and his family. If Hillary is without competition and is practically guaranteed a win in 2016, he can veto the bill as part of an intermediate political strategy knowing that Hillary will definitely sign the TPP into law and the delays will be forgiven.
There is no disincentive to passing the TPP. It will further destroy the environment, jobs and wages for the American middle class. Maybe the Obama Foundation will start taking donations so they can toss dimes to starving children like John Rockefeller.
(1) Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions
Jan. 31, 2008
By BRIAN ROSS, MADDY SAUER and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
(3) President Bill Clinton
(4) NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring
James P. Hoffa
General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Posted: 01/06/2014 10:40 am EST Updated: 03/08/2014 5:59 am EST
(5) Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs Problem
She talks populism, but hobnobs with Wall Street.
—By David Corn | Wed Jun. 4, 2014 5:00 AM EDT
(6) The Comcast-FCC Revolving Door
by Robbie Feinberg on April 18, 2014
(7) Did John Rockefeller really hand out nickels and dimes to children?
(8) NAFTA at 20: The New Spin
Nearly 20 years since NAFTA went into effect, its empty promises have been laid bare for the people of Mexico.
By Javier Rojo and Manuel Perez-Rocha, March 14, 2013.
(9) After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico’s Economy in Ruins
Friday, January 10, 2014