Monday, July 11, 2016

Clinton lurching left on platform to woo Sanders supporters - Rick Moran

by Rick Moran

Taxes will have to go up one everybody to pay for this massive expansion of government.

For Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders endorsement is coming with a steep price tag. In order to achieve the unity she so desperately seeks, Clinton is accommodating Sanders on several key elements of the Democratic party platform, pushing the party ever farther to the left.

Clinton has embraced a $15 an hour minimum wage, free college tuition for most students, and yesterday, she came out for a public option and more money for community health centers.

In the proposal, Clinton pledged:
  • To give Americans in every state a "public option" health insurance plan
  • To let Americans as young as 55 years old opt in to Medicare
  • And to double funding for primary care services at community health centers
Now, these aren’t really new ideas for Clinton. She said at a campaign event in May that she supported "the public option, so that people can buy into Medicare at a certain age." And she’s long supported community health centers.
But the fact that she’s formally backing these progressive priorities at this moment — rather than pivoting to more centrist ideas as the general election contest approaches — is a testament to the influence of Bernie Sanders’s campaign. And it may be a prelude to an endorsement from Sanders as soon as next week.
One of the only issues that Clinton won't budge on is the TPP trade agreement. The platform will state that the party still supports it, even if most unions oppose it. It would be hard to ditch the treaty given that it is considered a piece of Obama's "legacy."

But looking at the platform as it's shaping up. this is a truly radical document with trillions in new spending that Clinton says she plans to pay for by taxing the rich. That's nonsense, of course. Taxes will have to go up one everybody to pay for this massive expansion of government. And if the GOP is smart, they'll make sure voters know that on election day.

Rick Moran


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