Great summation of much of what I’ve written here.
I’m not including it as part of my 100 days because it comes from an endorser of Hillary (yes, I’ve included a few, but this is one person rather than, say, a union, which is more specifically about policy).
Day 59 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She launched a bipartisan manufacturing caucus in the Senate.
The mission of the caucus is (their words):
The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive.
For the most part, labor supports Hillary (more on this later); however, there have been circumstances in which she hasn’t supported labor in the way in which they want to be represented. One that has achieved commentary recently is the coalminers (I’ve written about this before). She’s not looking to support coalmining; in fact, quite the opposite (the environment is grateful, btw). However, she is working to create training and demand for workers being displaced by closing coalmines.
The fact that she – along with Lindsey Graham (!) – created this caucus takes us back to her general approach to legislation, which is to do her homework, find out what’s going on, and base her political response on what she learns.
Day 57 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She raised a strong, smart, hard-working, independent daughter.
Chelsea earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford with honors, two Master’s from Oxford and Columbia and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford. She also taught at Columbia.
She has worked for NBC, McKinsey, Avenue Capital and NYU. She spent six years working in the private sector – in part, because she had never been exposed to it. She serves on several boards: School of American Ballet, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Common Sense Media, Weill Cornell Medical College and IAC/InterActive Corp. She is the co-founder of the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at NYU and serves as its co-chair.
In September 2015, Clinton launched her first book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going! (published by Philomel Books). The 400-page book is aimed at middle school students (ages 10 to 14) and introduces them to a range of social issues, encouraging them to take action to make the world a better place and has another one on the way.
The word most people use to describe her is “poised.” She’s a pretty interesting person who delights in being able to jog all over NYC, takes the subway, goes to the neighborhood spot for coffee and lives as “normal” a life as she can.
Day 52 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Hillary knows that children aren’t adults and made sure pharma recognizes that too.
Until Hillary and a couple other Senators took it on, there was no special testing for the different ways in which children’s bodies react to, and metabolize, drugs – and which drugs are appropriate for children – or not.
This falls, again, under the theme of her identifying the gaps in existing law and filling it. It also suggests that she is willing to take on the FDA and the drug companies when it falls under one of the areas of concern for her.
Day 54 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She seems to win over those who pay attention.
(I don’t mean me, although, I appear to be falling into that camp.) Here is an article written by someone who loathed Hillary (her word) – for all the reasons we all know and some we may not have thought of.
So, to prove her point – SHE READ THE EMAILS – about 10,000 of them.
Here’s what she concluded:
“I found a Secretary of State who was universally respected by her staff, had a deep grasp of issues, understood how to move forward on them, and in many cases pushed the Administration to the left, not the right.
I found a Secretary of State who made a point out of making sure little kids in other countries had a way to get to school…
It is impossible for anyone who is intellectually honest to read those email packets and still conclude that Hillary Clinton deserves the hate and the frame she is awarded by our media. After reading 8-10,000 of them, my impression was that she has been been a damn good public servant.
The only conclusion I could come to is that I was wrong, and had been badly influenced by media tropes about Hillary Clinton’s character, her politics, and media’s sexism.
…I recommend that everyone read the emails too, or at least a chunk of them. When you do, you’ll discover what I did: Hillary Clinton is no monster. She’s a wonky, caring public servant who has a firm grasp on reality and policy.”
Day 53 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Hillary supports the LGBTQ community’s rights.
She was a little late to the party moving from civil unions to full marriage, but she got there. As of this moment, she supports all progressive legislation providing full civil rights to the LGBTQ community.
As Secretary of State, she ensured the State Department was an LGBT-friendly place to work, extending benefits to Foreign Service employees – and their partners – which served as a model for other agencies.
In the United States Senate, Clinton was a strong supporter of LGBTQ non-discrimination legislation, including being an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).