McLean column: How Clinton would bring down America |

McLean column: How Clinton would bring down America

I cry for Argentina, not Evita. Once one of the richest countries in the world with tremendous natural resources, a cultured literate populace and a thriving economy, it was pushed into economic ruin by successive progressive governments. Corrupt, wasteful spending, rigged elections and extremely high taxes have pushed a country that was once ranked 10th in per-capita income into poverty.

It’s the fruits of tax-and-spend government. Working there during the dirty war, I saw much of its past glory although the rot was already spreading. If Hillary is elected, I will be crying for America for the same reasons.

High taxes result in stagnant economies. Lowering corporate taxes led to a booming 26.3 percent GDP growth in Ireland in 2015. Great Britain has also lowered rates and is benefiting. Hillary wants to raise corporate taxes. Raising corporate taxes will force more of our corporations to flee, taking jobs with them. Corporations cannot be competitive on a global level paying taxes considerably higher than their competition. If corporations leave the U.S., it will make citizens more dependent on government and move America closer to socialism.

What difference does it make in Garfield County if corporate taxes go up? There will be fewer private sector jobs. The resulting reduction in per-capita income will mean fewer tourists and less income here.

From WikiLeaks and Freedom of Information releases, it is apparent that Hillary is corrupt. Bill receives huge speaking fees, contributions are given to the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary’s State Department did favors.

Little media space is given to Hillary’s corruption. Even the liberal columnist Bob Woodward had to admit that her actions regarding the Clinton Foundation while secretary of state were corrupt. He stated on Fox News Sunday, “The Clinton Foundation and actions by the State Department, which she ran, are all intertwined. And it’s corrupt.”

What difference does that make in Garfield County?

Garfield County receives approximately 70 percent of tax revenues from oil and gas production. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Brunei and Qatar are major contributors to the Clinton Foundation. They have not made those contributions without expecting payback. They have a stated goal of reducing U.S. oil and gas production in order to increase oil prices. Hillary supports the goal of reducing U.S. fossil fuel production, putting coal out of business and restricting oil and gas production.

A severe reduction in oil and gas production here would mean that Garfield County would need to make drastic cuts in services and probably raise taxes. Perhaps our county commissioners should consider giving Bill $500,000 for a speech and the county contribute a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation in order to maintain the local oil and gas production.

What difference does it make to us that Hillary left four Americans to die in Benghazi, including her “dear friend” Ambassador Stevens?

To me, it disqualifies her from being commander in chief. Ambassador Stevens requested additional security more than 600 times. He was sent there to recover weapons that had fallen into the hands of terrorists. Weapons that Hillary had personally authorized being sent to Libya.

She turned her back on Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glen Dougherty. While fighting was still going on, she was more concerned about political fallout than trying to save the Americans she had sent there. She then lied over their coffins to their families. Her actions showed incompetence in a crisis and indifference to those serving. Calling many Americans deplorable and irredeemable, she also considers us expendable. Imagine how badly she will treat servicemen from Garfield County to whom she has no connection.

What difference does it make if Hillary and her staff look down on Catholics and other Christians? America was founded on Christian principles. Whether practicing or not, our moral code is based in religion. Approximately 50 percent of Americans state they are religious. To have an administration that admittedly scorns half the population can easily result in discrimination against those who practice their beliefs.

Personally pro-life, I can sympathize with those women who have to make an extremely difficult decision of aborting their baby in the first trimester. I cannot, however, understand how anyone could accept partial-birth abortion where a viable baby is killed. Hillary is in favor of partial-birth abortion. That is not a woman issue. It is a societal morality issue.

Regarding women, while stating her support for equal pay for equal work, women on her Senate staff and work for the Clinton Foundation were paid less than men for the same work. She says one thing and does another.

Hillary supports open borders, an obvious move to increase the Democrat voting base. Her campaign has been caught inciting riots and engaging in election fraud. I cannot imagine a more corrupt candidate.

I cry for America in this election. How we could have two candidates so flawed is tragic. However, I will vote for policy, the Supreme Court and against the actions I have seen Hillary take.

Roland McLean, an Aspen Glen resident, is a University of Colorado graduate, Navy veteran and retiree after more than 30 years in international construction. Reach him at

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