Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hillary Champion of Veterans

I think the problem here is the difference between what Donald Trump says and what Donald Trump does. You know, he's bragged for months about raising $6 million dollars for veterans, and donating a million dollars himself, but it took a reporter to shame him into actually making his contribution, and getting money to veterans’ groups. I, of course, over the course of my life, I've not only donated personally, but I've worked to provide hundreds of millions of dollars over time to help our veterans by what I voted for, what I've worked for.
 Of course.

"Over the course of my life" and "worked to provide" are weasel words that make it hard to pin down just what she's claiming to have done that she's comparing to the donations that Trump made just this year.  With that in mind, let's see what she's done this century.

Records show that she's donated (via the Clinton Foundation) $70,000 to veterans organizations in the last few years.That's more than the "nothing" Trump guessed she had donated but far less than the $5.6 million that he gave this year. (Both donation amounts are dwarfed by what the Clinton Foundation spends on travel - $25 million. They include this as part of what they spend on "life changing work. Add that to her salary and other expenses from the Foundation and now you know how she got to "hundreds of millions" that she's "worked to provide". It's a neat trick, work for a charity and then count money spent on you as money you've "given" to others.)

She also seems to be taking credit for any pro-veteran legislation that was passed while she was in the Senate ("by what I've voted for"). Here's a list of veteran-related legislation she co-sponsored that became law. (That's not a mistake, there's only one.)

Maybe she thinks she should get credit for showing up when the bodies of the victims from Benghazi were brought home. After all, she does get over $300,000 for a personal appearance. That ought to be worth something.

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