Category: Housekeeping/logistics

Planning for lost jobs, e.g., coal miners

Day 31 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

Hillary is looking after coal miners (and other workers whose jobs are phasing out).

Because she continues to support a progressive environmental platform, the coal industry will continue to tank, leaving coal miners in all kinds of trouble. Some of her plans to help them:

  1. Hillary is fighting attempts by coal companies to use bankruptcy to avoid paying healthcare and pension commitments.
  2. Working to reform black lung benefit programs to support those who are afflicted to receive full compensation.
  3. Mitigate lost school revenue because of closed mining and power plants to protect local schools.
  4. Rebuild infrastructure in Appalachia.
  5. Repurpose mine lands and power plant sites, e.g., Google’s plan to build a data center at a recently closed coal plant in Alabama.
  6. Offering a comprehensive re-training program so they can learn high-tech skills – This one is practically an entry to itself. The skills, of course, require jobs, which means companies, like Google, need to open facilities nearby. And, some of them pay less than, say coal mining. On the other hand, they don’t, I presume, cause black lung or cave-ins.

Some articles about this:

Instrumental in insuring 6 million children

Day 27 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She was instrumental in insuring 6 million children.

Her name is not on the SCHIP bill (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), but she worked within the White House to make it happen. She promised, when her more universal healthcare plan failed, that she would make sure that at least children were covered.

Then (and we’re starting to run into a few recurring threads in this journey), when it became apparent that, executionally, there were problems making it work, she stepped in and helped.

Some of the recurring themes are important to me. The pattern seems to be that she finds something she philosophically cares about (in this case, children), works to get it enacted one way or another – despite its unpopularity (Bill didn’t really want to do it – and he was President at the time), then figures out if it really works on the ground, and tweaks that until it does work. At the risk of being polarizing in a different way, I think this pattern exemplifies a reason that having a woman in the White House is a good thing. She doesn’t seem to lose sight of the less glamorous housekeeping aspects of her work.

(For the “buying into sexist stereotypes” crowd, I do not mean housekeeping literally, I am intrigued by her super-wide practical streak combined with ideology. Call me a sexist, but I do think women — IN GENERAL (millions of exceptions apply of course) — are better at this.)

Naturally, there are those who dispute her influence on this bill. For you, I provide FactCheck.

Has actually worked with (“with,” yes, “with”) immigrants

Day 25 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She has actually worked with recent immigrants elbow-to-elbow and started her political life working in the trenches.

At 15, with her church, she organized a babysitting group for Mexican migrant workers in rural Illinois and she, herself, babysat as the parents and older kids worked in the fields.

In the fall of 1972, she and Bill blew off their Yale law classes and went to Texas to register young (this was the first election in which 18-year-olds could vote) and Hispanic voters.

While Bill was described as an affable socializer, Hillary actually went door-to-door in neighborhoods not naturally welcoming to a northern woman. Franklin Garcia, described as “a storied union organizer,” provided her entrée.

An early Texas contact, Garry Mauro, who was signing up voters for an Austin-based not-for-profit, said he found her “compelling” and “scary smart.” Some northern political activists blew into Texas, Mauro said, assuming they knew how to win elections here. “She didn’t do that. She asked questions and listened, then she asked some more questions and listened some more.”

These connections helped win her the Hispanic vote when she ran against Obama.


She put herself on the line for her beliefs

Day 20 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

As a 24-year-old law student Hillary worked undercover in Alabama to determine whether schools were abiding by the 1969 Supreme Court decision to integrate (they were not).

Apparently, this was a seminal moment in her awareness of the realities of racism and her activism. To that point, she was not a person of action or personal bravery (she was also young), but took a more cerebral, legislative approach. Since the segregation was against the law, it’s reported this experience opened her eyes to the limitations of legislation, i.e., just because it’s the law, doesn’t make it happen.

I do appreciate her willingness to challenge her thinking and push herself out of her comfort zone to find the truth.

She’s been an advocate for children from the beginning

Day 14 — My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary and not just against Trump.

Her interest in, and relationship to, children and children’s issues goes back to the beginning. What’s seldom noted is that her BA from Wellesley was a double major: Poli. Sci. and Psychology, specializing in children’s development.

Her first three jobs out of Yale Law had to do with children’s rights and issues.

Here’s her letter of recommendation from one of those.

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She’s a woman

Day 11 – Why I’m voting for Hillary and not just against Trump.

She’s a woman. (I know. That’s obvious.)

But, when Bill lost re-election as governor of Arkansas, they really were broke. They had a baby, had to leave home (the Governor’s Mansion) and had no other, and had no income. She did what women all over the world do: whatever needed to be done: she arranged for child care; she got a job; she used the money she’d saved from her public service work and bought a modest house. The job she got paid the bills (and changed the direction she took) rather than being the job she wanted. Bill licked his wounds and toured Arkansas to find out why he lost.

I think it is part of the reason she has taken on women and children as her cause célèbre. Even though she’s a multimillionaire now, she’s been there (yes, with the advantage of two law degrees and the ability to work, but it’s still scary). She empathizes in a way few can. Plus, she’s a “get the job done” person.

Support for 9/11 responders

Day 6 — My odyssey to find reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton rather than against Donald Trump.

After 9/11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assured the public that the air at Ground Zero was safe to breathe. (We all know that wasn’t true.)

Within 48 hours of the towers falling, Hillary introduced a bill—signed into law—that helped first responders get the benefits they earned easier and faster. Then she pressured the EPA to launch a new task force and led congressional hearings until the EPA admitted the air hadn’t been safe and include that fact in the possible health issues facing first responders.

As someone who was in downtown NY on 9/11, and for many days after, it didn’t take a genius to know that air wasn’t safe. Weirdly, it took a junior NY Senator to fix it.

Works across the aisle; supports vets

Day 4 — Why I’m voting for Hillary and not against Trump — my personal education and attempt to take something positive away from this madness.

Hillary and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced a bill in 2005 to increase the death benefit paid to families of military personnel killed in the line of duty from $12,000 to $100,000. Their bill didn’t pass, but their proposed increase was subsequently included in another bill that did pass.

Also in 2005, Hillary and Senator Lindsey Graham passed legislation to expand access to healthcare for members of the National Guard and Reserve (strongly supported by Senator John Warner R-VA), particularly expanding the time they were covered after active service and enabling them to purchase subsidized coverage when not on active duty (among other things).

Two points (both will likely pop up again in my 98-day odyssey):

1. She has supported the military and their families in important ways – mostly, it seems by finding shortcomings and holes in coverage and filling them. There are several more bills and efforts I found – many of which cover mental health care. I expect I will get to them.
2. Look who she worked with in these efforts.

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