ABC News:

In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers. Clinton has been endorsed for president by more than a dozen unions, according to her campaign Web site, which omits any reference to her role at Wal-Mart in its detailed biography of her. Wal-Mart’s anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton’s fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.

Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, “Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living.” A former board member told ABCNews.com that he had no recollection of Clinton defending unions during more than 20 board meetings held in private. The tapes show Clinton in the role of a loyal company woman. “I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else,” she said at a June 1990 stockholders meeting.

Is anyone surprised by this? Maybe this will help her with conservatives.




  1. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #3 – Of course, the store workers themselves had no interest in joining a labor union–they are quite happy with their jobs. I applaud their bravery in the face of high-pressure tactics by the union thugs.

    Bwahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hahahahah hahahahahahahahahaha ahhahahahahah ahahhahaha hahahahhahahahaha hahahahahaha hahahahaha

    God damn… That is some funny shit.

  2. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #29 – As usual, your insightful commentary has enlightened me… Thank merciful God that James Hill is so willing to share his wisdom and experience with generosity and grace.

  3. McCullough says:

    #32. Really? I figured Hill just cut and paste the same comment over and over and over. No offense James, you really are the shit. The editors consider it an honor to be dissed by the great commentor from SLC.

  4. MikeN says:

    What’s surprising is all the supposed pro-democracy people supporting getting rid of a secret ballot in union elections.

  5. Angel H. Wong says:

    She has a past as a corporate hack? Ooooh.. Now the Fiscal Republicans will vote for her.

  6. Sying Flaucer says:

    #10 CP
    “I have been forced to be in a union since 1969”

    Sounds like you never had the “privilege”
    of working without one, if you had you would probably feel different. People who think these corporations aren’t “unionized” against the working people are fooling themselves, problem is there is almost no organization left on the other (working) side. There is no “free market” when it comes to labor.

  7. Calin says:

    Yeah, look at it this way….Ann Coulter just said last night that she will campaign for Hillary, if McCain is the republican nominee.

  8. Li says:

    The last thing that the machine wants is an outsider holding the rudder, and Obama and McCain are both (somewhat) outsiders. An outsider might actually expose their earth shaking crimes, after all, and that’s dangerous. An election between the two of them would actually be a choice, and I’m eager for such a thing. But if we get another Bush/Clinton (they literally sleep in the same bed!) or big money type (Romney) we’re all gonna go toilet surfing for a while. Because, frankly, it’s more short-term profitable to sell short America, and the bottom line is all that the Dynastic types and the Corporate Person much care about.

  9. Jägermeister says:

    #38 – Li – An outsider might actually expose their earth shaking crimes…

    Don’t bet any money on it… once in the machine, you’ll have to downsize your balls in order to get something done.

  10. Mister Catshit says:

    #15, RoeBoeDog,

    Unions are what made America lazy and fat, sitting around saying that is not my job.

    Geeze Roe Boe, you must know some union I don’t know of.

    Unions are one of the chief reasons America became as powerful as it is. I think you forget the fact that the increased standard of living provided union workers allowed them to purchase more consumer goods. That increased market stimulated innovation and funded research. Which in turn further increased consumer demand AND money for a better military. It was this consumer market for durable goods that made America great. The increase in money supply allowed for more and better education, which in turn helped fuel a better standard of living.

    In comparison, the Soviet Union, with more people and more natural resources failed. Why? Because they never allowed their workers to earn a decent salary or cultivate a consumer base. As people became more and more disenchanted with knowing American (and westerners in general) could buy a new car off the lot instead of a piece of crap after waiting two years for delivery and similar things, the nation imploded.

    There is more evidence that American unions contributed to the Soviet collapse than there is for Reagan causing it. Before Reagan took office, the United States had the highest standard of living in the world. After Republican efforts to destroy unions America has fallen behind most other western countries.

    I’ll be waiting for that self designated economics expert, Thomas, to of course try to offer some different explanation of why unions hurt America. Something along the lines of “well, unions initiated health insurance and look what we have today” or “unions pushed hard for safe work environments and now look, companies are actually responsible for killing employees”

  11. Mister Catshit says:

    You guys have to understand James Hill.

    Usually, he wears pink undies with frilly lace by choice. I assume it isn’t because he washed his white ones with a cheap ass red shirt.

  12. Sying Flaucer says:

    #40 Mr. Cat-Poop

    Well said!

  13. gregallen says:

    # 29 James Hill said, There’s a reason your side doesn’t get anything done, you know. f

    You’re side got things done alright — ALL THE WRONG THINGS:

    RECORED PORK; RECORD DEBT; ;RECORD TRADE DEFICITS; RISING POVERTY; CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE; UN-AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE; and

    … and a THREE TRILLION dollar damned occupation of the wrong country.

    Thanks GOP.

  14. bobbo says:

    Some tv show interviewed “a voter” somewhere===lost their job, lost their health insurance, son was in Iraq, house in foreclosure==but they were going to vote republican because they are for right to life.

    Now–given that no one at all is for making anyone have abortions UNLESS that person herself wants one===demographic of the perfect brain dead, voting against self-interest, typical republican.

    Stoopid people deserve what they get–now why I am also in this boat again?

  15. TIHZ_HO says:

    #44 Bobbo said “Stoopid people deserve what they get…”

    That is what that Bone Head founding father Thomas Jefferson said…

    What else did he and all the other bone head founding fathers say?

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

    – Thomas Jefferson

    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

    -Patrick Henry

    “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
    As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. ”

    – Benjamin Franklin

    Americans, the collective wisdom of average ignorance.

    Cheers

  16. bobbo says:

    Tihz–something must be getting lost in the sarcasm, but can’t tell if its from you or from me.

    The Founding Fathers and myself are in agreement, and if only egotistically, don’t think our interests are boneheaded thoughts. No–I am instead complaining of what the forefathers warned us against.

    Yep, the USA government IS too far from the people and the people don’t seem to be able to reign them in==across a wide latitude of conflicting interests. Somehow the “special interests/corporate interests” have their hooks in this government so deeply==sadly, only a revolution can get this nation back on track.

    But I guess that is what every 10% group of like minded people think? I only ask==forget your “values”==what will actually work?

  17. Monkey Man says:

    Actually, Hillary Clinton did try to push through a lot of pro-Union policies when she was at Wal-Mart, but she knew at the time that her chances were effectively zero at getting any reform enacted because of all the old stuffy rich men on the board.

  18. TIHZ_HO says:

    #46 bobbo Yes, I was making a joke!! 🙂 If our founding fathers were here today…how many would tell them they were wrong and call them bone heads?

    Sorry if you might have got the wrong idea as you and I are in complete agreement – people get what they deserve whether it is government or economy.

    Cheers

  19. bobbo says:

    Well Tihz—that is my point, with a twist. In a democracy that has gone off the rails with the Repuglican lies, what responsibility does the outvoted minority have? Not that much I think but to wait 4 years and try again. So, as in most/many things the ying/yang of it all needs to be untwisted.

    Or do you disagree? Boneheads voted for BushCo, dems/liberal did not. How much of Bush do I deserve? Is the answer dependent on how much I did besides voting?–etc.

    I think that notion of people “deserving” what they good sounds too much/too often like blaming the victims of violent crime. Germ of truth, but the violators are 95% responsible.

  20. TIHZ_HO says:

    #49 Bobbo – Americans do not live in the best democratic society – they only think they do, because they have been told they are.

    So yes, I agree with you! 🙂 Americans are the collective wisdom of average ignorance.

    Here is something to ponder about. Look at the Democracy index list and see where GOUSA is positioned, 13th.

    http://tinyurl.com/3ddjut

    Now look at the Quality of Life index to see where GOUSA is positioned, 13th again!

    http://tinyurl.com/2jzpgr

    Interesting, yes?

    Cheers

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