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‘Where there’s Hill there’s the will’

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

When Hillary sought a second term as Senator from New York, Dick Morris pointed out that when Hillary originally relocated to New York State she swore she was merely doing so to “vindicat[e] a lifelong dream to move to the Big Apple.”

At the time, Hillary maintained that her “New York State of Mind” did not include political aspirations. However, after retiring Senator Daniel Moynihan (D-NY) recommended Clinton as a replacement, Hillary spent all of three seconds “just considering,” purchased a house in Chappaqua, and ran for Moynihan’s seat.

After being elected senator of a state she’d moved to purely for political reasons, in an appearance on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live,’ carpetbagger, Sir Edmund Hillary namesake, and “lifelong” Yankee fan Hillary Clinton vowed she wouldn’t be making “any moves to grab back the keys to the White House – at least not for … six years.”

It’s undeniable. Hillary Clinton’s eyes have been riveted on the presidency ever since making off with $28,000 worth of unauthorized items gifted to the White House collection.

Two years after breaking the 2006 promise not to run for President, Clinton is again denying aspirations to place pictures of Bill and Chelsea on the credenza in the Oval Office. With Hillary, denial tends to be a good measure of intent

Just as Hillary has done repeatedly in the past, the avid duck hunter “is … shooting down the idea she plans to run for president in 2012 or 2016.”  Adept at handling issues that involve both shooting and running, Hillary, when under fire, has mastered the fine art of “evasive maneuvers.” History tells us that the former First Lady, if heading toward “base,” is more than willing to stretch the truth.

Mrs. Clinton has learned to fly below the radar and go about her diplomatic business.  However, after Obama’s public drubbing, while he was on a two-week avoid-the-midterm-election Asian-Pacific tour Hillary was unable to avoid the question as to “Whether [Clinton] had ruled out running for the presidency through 2016.”

Hillary’s swift response to the inquiry was an affirmative: “Oh yes, yes,” which was further clarified with “I’m very pleased to be doing what I’m doing as Secretary of State.” Clinton gives herself away by denying presidential aspirations as passionately as she promised not to run for senator in 1999 and president in 2006.

Allegedly, Daniel Moynihan’s widow Liz described dealing with Hillary in the following way: “Duplicitous…she would say or do anything that would forward her ambitions.” She can look you straight in the eye and lie, and sort of not know she’s lying.  Lying isn’t a sufficient word it’s distortion – distorting the truth to fit the case.”

Moynihan’s insightful analysis of Hillary’s ambitious pathology explains a lot.  Why would a woman in one breath swear to be free of presidential aspirations, and in another breath tell a New Zealand interviewer that “while that someone would not be her,” the United States “should be ready for a female president?”

On Hillary’s behalf, an ardent supporter explained: “There’s a lot of buyer’s remorse with Obama. I believe Hillary Clinton is the man for the job. If we don’t get the Clintons back in the White House, I don’t see a future for this country.” In any case, Clinton will likely continue to coyly exhibit a disingenuous air of detached disinterest, while back home the first “Hillary 2012” ad slogan released says: “Where there’s a Hill there’s a way.”

It will be interesting in the next election cycle to see whether America’s most committed Secretary of State secretly concurs.

Traveling is a human right? – American Thinker Blog – April 20, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Just when New Zealand seemed like the place to move, with the centre-right government, “considering cutting income tax rates,” and all, and the European Union comes out with a proposal that makes it hard to chose where expatriates should go when fleeing the US.

Americans used to think that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness encompassed the basis for human rights and now the European Union confuses the issue by declaring, “traveling a human right.”  That’s right, we can now add traveling to the list directly behind the right to universal health care.

The EU is so dedicated to insuring the right to traveling that they are “launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers’ dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.”  Do they fund haircuts in Europe too, because everyone needs a haircut now and again?  Call it the right to good grooming.

The Times of London reports Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, “proposed a strategy” that if the right to vacation program becomes universal, it could cost EU taxpayers as much as half a billion dollars a year.  Mere pittance when measured against subsidizing tours to Madrid.

America too is descending further and further into European style socialism, while Barack and his band of belligerent reformers promote a new bill of rights right here at home. Obama’s “halves and halves not” bill includes homes, free education, health care and support of 50% of the population by the other 50%.  What’s to stop vacations from being added to the “rights” list?

The European Union commissioner claims that, “Traveling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life.” Sort of like Obama believing being denied the right to health care affects America’s quality of life.

The EU commissioner for enterprise and industry has yet to decide, “Just who gets to enjoy the travel package.” It is likely EU taxpayers would be forced to foot, “some of the vacation bill for seniors, youths between the ages of 18 and 25, disabled people, and families facing “difficult social, financial or personal” circumstances.” One additional person will be subsidized for each single disabled or elderly traveler because human rights advocates know that free vacations include the right to travel with a friend.

In the EU where income taxes combined with VAT can siphon off upwards of 70% of personal income, what’s an additional tax burden to ensure travel funds for the underprivileged?  Especially, if hard earned money is going to the morally righteous cost of cultural appreciation tours for overworked youth, elderly hangers on and the trek-bound disabled.

What’s wrong with paying people to go on vacation?  Steal from one group all year long and then provide the indigent with a treat–a subsidized Hawaiian shirt, carry on luggage and a weeklong cheap holiday.  That’s change, even Barack Obama and globetrotting Michelle can believe in, right behind energy efficient vehicles, healthy food and the right to affordable housing.

European Union commissioner Mr. Tajani has one specific goal, which is to ensure the “right to be tourists,” remains integral to the proposal. According to Tajani, “right to travel” will be a pilot program until 2013, and then fully launched.

Perfect!  Because if the right to gratis holidays has not been passed into law in the US by the 2012 election, insolvent Americans can always move to socialist Europe, which by then will be a familiar home away from home, and in the process, maybe even get a free vacation.

That’s what I’m talking about…

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