Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hillary won’t follow Bill’s economic agenda

Hillary Clinton on Sunday galloped across Kentucky, where she tried to
win votes before the state’s upcoming primary by declaring that she will tap her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to help fix the economy.

“My husband . . . I’m going to put in charge of revitalizing the economy because you know, he knows how to do it,” Clinton told supporters at an event in northern Kentucky, according to the Washington Post.

The Democratic front-runner was likely hoping to remind voters that, under Bill’s administration, economic growth averaged 4 percent per year.

The hint at what role Bill Clinton might have as the nation’s first male presidential spouse came in the wake of allegations last week that The Clinton Global Initiative made a commitment to give $2 million to a company partly owned by a woman who has been rumored to have been romantically involved with the ex-commander-in-chief.

Hillary believes that government, not the private sector, is the main engine of job creation. In October 2014, she said, “Don’t let anybody, don’t let anybody tell you that, ah, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” She wants to increase the size of government, which she believes will fix the economy. She is not concerned with budget deficits or the public debt, which now exceeds $19 trillion.

Those policies are not Bill Clinton’s.

In 1996, while running for a second term, President Clinton proposed economic policies that were consistent with the will of the majority of the people. In 1994, for the first time in 40 years, Americans had elected a Republican House of Representatives. House Republicans chose representative Newt Gingrich as speaker. Gingrich had led the Republicans to victory by making the local House campaigns national.

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