Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton finally talks about the Keystone XL pipeline. She's against it.

Courtesy of the Washington Post: 

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton declared opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, ending a long and politically uncomfortable silence on an issue that has become a touchstone for environmentalists and liberal voters. 

“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is – a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change,” Clinton said at a community forum here. The debate over Keystone “interferes with our ability to move forward,” Clinton said. “Therefore I oppose it.”

Well that is certainly going to help Hillary with the liberals in this country.

Clearly Hillary realizes that our future energy concerns do not lie in fossil fuels, and is going to continue President Obama's emphasis on renewable energy resources.

In other positive Hillary Clinton news she has laid out a plan to strengthen Obamacare and do something significant about the high cost of prescription medications: 

"As president I want to go further," she said Tuesday. "I want to strengthen the Affordable Care Act." 

Her drug plan would start by capping the amount of out-of-pocket expenses consumers can be charged under insurance plans at $250 per month. Of course, transferring the extra costs onto the insurance companies wouldn't solve the all of the problems, since insurers would likely make up for their expenses through higher premiums. 

She said earlier this week that her goal is to implement policies that would reduce spending on prescription medications by $100 billion over the next 10 years and proposed a number of strategies reach that goal. For example: 
  • Speeding up approval of generic drugs to clear any backlog. 
  • Allowing consumers to buy their medications from countries where American pharma companies sell them at cheaper rates. (This would require the FDA to ensure that the drugs being sold in other countries are the same medications as the ones sold here.) 
  • Grant Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies on the prices they charge. This has long been a standard proposal pushed by Democrats who argue that the 40 million Medicare recipients would have a system-wide effect on the price of drugs. 
  • Add requirements to drug companies who receive federal support, forcing them to redirect more of their profits back into R&D.

Now THAT kind of talk is what is going to move the needle in her direction and bring her poll numbers back up.

That is good stuff and demonstrates that Hillary is well aware of where the base of the Democratic party has moved, and what they are looking for in a leader.

38 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:20 AM

    How refreshing to have a pending candidate that talks about her plans should she be elected.

    The Republican hopefuls have nothing except fighting amongst themselves, hate, racism and division.

    Hillary Clinton has my vote! Can hardly wait to cast it for her.

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  2. Anonymous9:23 AM

    "That is good stuff and demonstrates that Hillary is well aware of where the base of the Democratic party has moved".....

    So basically what you are agreeing with what everyone else already knows, Hillary has no scruples, no backbone, no true defined platform... she will just do whatever her advisers and polls tell her.

    She is basically the largest bag of crap in politics.

    I'll be laughing my ass off when she is forced to drop out.

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    1. Anonymous9:47 AM

      "She is basically the largest bag of crap in politics."

      That's hilarious.

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    2. Anonymous10:18 AM

      9:23, are speaking about sarah?

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    3. Anonymous11:29 AM

      No 10:18, clearly I am referring to Hillary.

      Why would this have anything to do with Palin, a nobody, and a non-politician that matters to no-one except for the over obsessed with Palin IMers like yourself?

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    4. Anonymous12:15 PM

      11:29, GFY.

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    5. Anonymous7:27 PM

      Go Find Yanni?

      I wouldn't even know where to begin looking 12:15.

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    6. Anonymous5:55 AM

      No you wouldn't because you are clueless.

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    7. Anonymous7:46 AM

      Got it 5:55.

      So in your world the clueless people scrutinize and challenge those in positions of power, or running for positions of power....

      And serious people keep interjecting Palin into the equation, a nobody, a nobody for many years now... as if that means something.

      Got it.

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  3. SallyinMI9:36 AM

    I think she's our nominee. The right has thrown everything at her, and are getting nothing. She is strong, the most experienced candidate in the nation, and a fighter. She's been through the wringer with the GOP for the past years, and come out on top. I love Bernie, and I hope he stays int he Senate for another decade, but there are people who will just not vote for him and his proud socialist label (even though I see him as progressive, not socialist.) But Hillary will lead this nation through the next RW tantrums, and with any luck, we'll take back the House and the Senate, and get the country working again. Lord knows the GOP has nothing to run on, and nothing to offer.

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    1. Anonymous9:48 AM

      You sound just like a Palin fan!

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    2. Anonymous1:52 PM

      She ain't all that. She's better than a Republican on women's reproductive rights. That's about the only issue I even remotely trust her on.

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  4. Anonymous10:02 AM

    O/T

    What happened to the informant from Palin's inner circle that supposedly had so much inside information that would ultimately bring Sarah down once and for all? This person was to come out of the shadows and not worry about the consequences. The buildup for the big reveal was huge, but we got little. What happened?

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    1. Threats to her child.

      She will not be sharing anything else.

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    2. Anonymous10:21 AM

      SOS-DD

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    3. That su is, they did that to Malia about a year or so ago, and she seriously considered stopping her blog, but she kept going and nothing happened. These people are all talk, they won't do anything. I hope she reconsiders.

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    4. Anonymous10:31 AM

      Imagine that.
      Fuck you, Heath/Palins!

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    5. Anonymous10:36 AM

      Interesting. If she played her cards right, any threats she received and can prove, along with her other inside info could make her very rich. But if she can't leave Alaska, and I'm guessing she can't because Track (as the father) wouldn't allow it, I can see her reluctance to continue. The Palin's seem to wield an enormous amount of power up there. Too bad.

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    6. Anonymous10:46 AM

      She should call the police.

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    7. Anonymous11:03 AM

      Right? This is bordering on absurd. "I have all this info I'm going to dribble out to you over time" that are in reality just teasers. Then in the end always the same crap, I'm getting threats and I'm too scared to even call the police to report the threats. Whatever.

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    8. Anonymous11:33 AM

      Bordering? It has been beyond absurd for at least 5 years now. Now we are going to have to hear from all the morons claiming and believing in the non-existent 'Palin mafia' lol. Whatever indeed.

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    9. Anonymous12:13 PM

      11:33, I'm 11:03, thank you! Just waiting for the "you're a troll, don't come here if you don't like it" bs. Call me "fed-up".

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    10. Anonymous1:51 PM

      So much for that. Maybe all that advance buildup wasn't such a great idea.

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    11. Anonymous3:15 PM

      Ya think?

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    12. Anonymous7:58 PM

      We keep seeing the comments the Palins are nothing in AK and everybody hates them.

      So how come they are still getting away with intimidation?

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    13. Anonymous10:44 PM

      You are almost thru the looking glass 7:58...

      Ask yourself, where exactly is this information, or proof, coming from.... that the Palins have actually intimidated anyone?

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  5. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Oh goodie, maybe lady blah blah and mini-me can bitch about this and lay off the potus for a day.

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  6. Anonymous10:19 AM

    GLAD she finally expressed her position. The real reason there is such a push for this "tar sand" bitumenum is that the gulf coast refiners are designed to distill these "heavy crudes. They can make an enormous profit refining this horrible product. (read that in a major refiners annual report) If it is so important, why don't they build a pipeline to Vancover and export it themselves? 'Merican refiners want it ....

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  7. Welcome news here in Canada.

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  8. Anonymous10:25 AM

    Hey relax. Enjoy the clown show. No serious until after new year. Home stretch. SO? rah rah Bernie and run rump run...Thank you for late nite to get this right.

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  9. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Here's what I heard her say: "Stop putting me on the spot about this damn pipeline! It's a real distraction from my don't-pin-me-down-to-anything campaign. As I told you before, I am not going to reveal my position on this until I've been elected President, so stop bugging me about it. I oppose your attempts to keep making this pipeline an inconvenient issue for me!

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    1. Anonymous11:39 AM

      "and stop asking about my email debacle also, I've only got so many of these keystone type anouncement wildcards in my back pocket to use for deflection."

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    2. Or she wanted to state her position in the same news cycle as the Pope's visit.

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    3. Anonymous1:49 PM

      You mean her continuing NON-position. She is not staking any genuine position here. She's being equivocal, as always. Trying to have it both ways. If she were genuinely opposed to the Keystone Pipeline, she would say so in uncertain terms and promise that under her watch it would never see the light of day, period. Did she? HELL no. She used her usual weasel words open to interpretation.

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  10. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Breaking News

    Donald Trump to sue Dos Equis Beer claiming he's the most interesting man in the world and wants billions in damages

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  11. hauksdottir1:58 PM

    Hilary is finally *saying* that she is against the pipeline, not because running a leaky-with-worst-of-the-crude oil line through the middle of America's largest aquifer (when clean water is getting ever more scarce) is an insane plan, but because it is a distraction.

    :pfffft!::

    In other recent reports her energy plan calls for even MORE reliance upon fossil fuels, just better handling of them.

    A hundred and fifty years ago, she would have called for hunting all the whales for oil, but killing them more neatly because their death agonies were a distraction.

    For so many, many reasons, I will not vote for her.

    NO MORE DAMNED DYNASTIES!

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    1. Anonymous2:24 PM

      If she gets the nomination, I'll vote for her, because she's pro-choice and women's reproductive rights is my top issue. At least she's better than whoever the repug candidate will be. Not that that is saying much.

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  12. Anonymous8:26 PM

    "Now THAT kind of talk is what is going to move the needle in her direction and bring her poll numbers back up.

    That is good stuff and demonstrates that Hillary is well aware of where the base of the Democratic party has moved, and what they are looking for in a leader. "

    Exactly. And exactly why you can't trust her on any of this. If she picks her talking points based on what is politically going to get her the most votes, you don't know if she believes in what she's saying or even means it. We have too many politicians of all sides of the political spectrum making promises they never mean to keep, to get elected. Then when they get elected, they forget about them or say they are too hard to accomplish.

    What I want in a political leader is someone who will tell me the truth and stick to it even if it's unpopular. I don't want someone blowing smoke up my ass to get elected.

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