Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Defines the Liberal Agenda

Clinton is laying out the liberal agenda, and in some sense defining it. But in another way, she's also being defined by it.



If you want a sense of what Democrats are likely to be up to for the foreseeable future, look no further than Hillary Clinton's campaign. The former Secretary of State has rolled out proposal after proposal detailing, or at least sketching, all the ways she'd change federal policy through executive action or urge Congress to legislate. And in doing so, she's defined the current state of the liberal agenda—and its likely path in coming years.

Here's just a brief summary of some of the policies her campaign has come out in favor of so far: On campaign finance, Clinton would like to see legislation requiring politically active organizations to disclose donors, and the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision overturned. On energy policy, she's laid out goals for increased use of renewable energy in homes and a major expansion of solar power. On higher education, she wants the federal government to provide grants to states that commit to ensuring that students at public, four-year universities never have to borrow to pay for tuition, books, and course fees. On primary education, she wants to spend more on Head Start and related programs while providing federal funding for universal preschool. On health care, Clinton wants to keep Obamacare in place but tweak it in a variety of ways: ending the Cadillac tax on high-end health plans, reducing deductibles for many health plans via a slew of new mandates and a tax subsidy for out of pocket costs, and using the federal government's bargaining power to negotiate lower drug prices. On financial sector regulation, she wants to charge big banks for their size and give regulators greater authority to break them up, while setting up a new tax on high-frequency trading.

This is just a sample. There's more, much more, on her issues page and in fact sheets, covering everything from overhauling the immigration system to additional efforts intended to address sexual assault on college campuses.

One obvious connection between her various policy ideas is that, in almost every case, they involve more regulation, more spending, more taxation; Clinton is committed to the use of federal power, and as the Democratic party's standard bearer in waiting, she's making it clear that Democrats are the party of government.

But what's also notable is that there's almost no innovation here—nothing surprising or particularly unique, nothing risky or unusual. Clinton's policy agenda is a carefully curated compendium of liberal conventional wisdom.

To some extent, that's probably a result of Clinton's character and her cautious approach to politics. But it's also a product of Clinton's long history with the party, her unusually strong front-runner status, and the expectations she carries as a result. Because she is so overwhelmingly favored to win, and because she has been such a major player in the party for so long, she has little room to maneuver or be creative.

Which means that yes, Clinton is laying out the liberal agenda, and in some sense defining it. But in another way, she's also being defined by it.  

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  1. …Clinton is committed to the use of federal power, and as the Democratic party’s standard bearer in waiting, she’s making it clear that Democrats are the party of government.


    On the plus side, as there’s very little personal profit in any of her supposed plans, and certainly no money for them, they won’t come to fruition. If elected she’ll spend the next four years getting re-elected and selling access.

  2. So she’s a tax and spend Democrat from the Mike Dukakis school of flagrant waste.

  3. Clinton is committed to the use of federal power, and as the Democratic party’s standard bearer in waiting, she’s making it clear that Democrats are the party of government.

    To be fair, the Republicans are making it clear that they are also the party of government. As is the Green party. Which raises the question: Other than the nutty, unelectable Libertarian party, is there any political party that could fairly be described as “not the party of government?”

    1. From a liberataraian persepective the HOP is big government, from the Left’s perspective the HOP are practically anarchists!

    2. We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.
      We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
      …We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation….

      How are people enforcing the rights to Life, Liberty and property nutty? Just because the two-party machine prevents voting for 3rd parties does not make those who seek a better political environment nutty.

    3. i find it interesting that you included the greens with the other two, but libertarians are the ones you give the distinction of nutty and unelectable.

      the problem is the way the system has been gamed to prevent any significant third party to rise. if libertarians looked like they had o chance of winning, many of the 44% of independents would likely join up, and dilute said nuttiness.

  4. there’s almost no innovation here?nothing surprising or particularly unique, nothing risky or unusual.

    So, she’s a Conservative?

    1. Not with a capital “c”.

    2. Is cuntservative a word?

      1. Yes.
        Cuntservative [kuh nt-sur-va-tiv] (Noun)(Adjective)
        1. Hillary Clinton

  5. all the ways she’d change federal policy through executive action or urge Congress to legislate.

    With all of her wittiness and charm, I’m sure.

  6. Her unusual syreng 4th as a front-runner is a symptom of how degenerate American national politics has become, that a joyless cipher is the best a major party can do.

  7. And we could have expected anything else out of the Free Shit Party?

  8. They are all scam artists, no different from the candidates in the repubes or any other party. 🙂 .
    Song: “Dreams[ Hormegeddon Blues]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0o-C1_LZzk

    But so what?

    I don’t care which scam artist finally gets elected, or which doesn’t, nor what the Fed does/does not do, nor whether, according to Mr “investment advisor with a near perfect prediction record” [insert name of choice] , we are supposedly in for recession, depression, deflation, hyper inflation, a stock market boom, or whatever .

    Why? Because whatever happens, my entirely self-managed, fully diversified, once per year adjusted long term savings plan will be safely protected and will , 9 times out of 10, grow at an average of 8% per annum over and above the prevailing inflation [or deflation], rate, year in, year out, as it has since 1986 when I started using it.

    For a link to the plans results 1972-2011, email: onebornfreeatyahoodotcom ,
    with “Savings Plan Results” in the subject line

    Financial Safety Services

    1. Please, go fuck yourself.

    2. Projection, you are our scam artist Dejure.

  9. “Hillary Clinton Defines the Liberal Agenda”

    Yes; Arrogant, incompetent, concerned with much neither she nopt they have any discernible talent for, and withal impossibly stupid.

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  11. the liberal agenda – to have all citizens beholden to a large centralized government where an elite cadre of knowledge workers will decide what’s best for you.

    Drugs – bad
    Taxes – good
    War – good
    regulations – real good
    Spending – real good
    gun confiscation – real good
    freedom – bad

  12. “Clinton is laying out the liberal agenda, and in some sense defining it. But in another way, she’s also being defined by it.”

    Sounds like one of my less successful high school english papers.

  13. It sounds like the D platform was written by Tumblr.

  14. All wonderfully utopian ideas, but who pays for it all?
    This nation is so hopelessly in debt now, we barely make the interest payments.
    If we were to double, triple or quintuple spending, who can possibly pay for all that?
    All the while, rich folks like the Clintons “donate” all their money, to themselves, but that’s another story by itself. No?
    Just the cost of Government waste is bankrupting this nation, Democrats (and RINO Republicans) simply ignore reality and advocate putting out the fire with gasoline.

    Why should fiscally responsible people have to pay the bills of irresponsible people giving away the national treasury to illegals and welfare cheats?

    Take a hard look at Valenzuela kids, that is our inescapable future if we don’t get our fiscal house in order.

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