Guest post by Lysis
The double whammy yesterday of Clinton's economics speech, already being dubbed by one writer for the Nation as "the most progressive address on economics by a major-party presidential candidate in a generation," and her headline-making appearance at National Council of La Raza makes for a busy roundup today.
Also included in this roundup: News that Clinton "is now the only candidate for president who has volunteered to disclose the names of her top campaign fund-raisers," and more details about what led to her endorsement from the American Federation of Teachers.
As always, direct quotes from Clinton are in bold. At the end of the roundup, you'll find links to previous editions of Hillary News & Views, along with the first three entries in the Hillary 2016 Platform series.
Let's kick things off with that economic speech. Here's Michelle Goldberg writing for the Nation:
Hillary Clinton’s speech today was the most progressive address on economics by a major-party presidential candidate in a generation. It was strongly feminist and pro-union. It called for “enhancing” Social Security and stepping up prosecutions of Wall Street malefactors, and specifically attacked HSBC, the banking giant and Clinton Foundation donors.Goldberg notes her specific attention to economic issues that disproportionately impact women:
It’s also important that Hillary Clinton has put paycheck feminism at the center of her economic agenda. The speech focused on all that’s lost when women are forced out of the workplace by inadequate leave and childcare policies, without any wishy-washy obeisance to the glories of housewifery.Goldberg anticipates progressive cynicism and notes the likely irrelevancy of such concerns:
“The movement of women into the workforce over the past forty years was responsible for more than three and a half trillion dollars in economic growth,”Clinton said. “But that progress has stalled. The United States used to rank 7th out of 24 advanced countries in women’s labor force participation. By 2013, we had dropped to 19th. That represents a lot of unused potential for our economy and for American families. Studies show that nearly a third of this decline relative to other countries is because they’re expanding family-friendly policies like paid leave and we are not…. It’s time to recognize that quality, affordable childcare is not a luxury—it’s a growth strategy.”
It’s long been a truism that Republicans fear their base, while Democrats hate theirs. That is no longer true; this is a speech meant to appeal to Elizabeth Warren’s supporters, not Clinton’s Wall Street friends.
But won’t Clinton simply do those friends’ bidding once in office? Perhaps, but the political-science literature suggests that, contrary to conventional wisdom, politicians actually try to fulfill their campaign pledges...So pundits may spend a lot of time wondering about Hillary Clinton’s authenticity, but if you want to know what her administration would actually attempt, what’s in her speeches probably matters more than what’s in her secret heart. And so far in this campaign, what’s in her speeches sounds pretty good.