Hillary Clinton Unveils "Plan" At Denver DLC Gathering
The new "plan" looks like the perennial Democratic "plan" of offering not a vision for America, but handouts, softball platitudes about "helping" the middle class, and the notion that government in general is responsible for the citizens' well-being, not the citizens themselves (the full DLC "plan"):
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, sounding a lot like a 2008 presidential candidate [duh!, ed.], on Monday accused President George W. Bush and the Republicans of making a mess of the economy and failing to ensure affordable services for the nation's middle class and poor.Sounds more like, paraphrasing an even earlier Democratic President than Hillary's husband, "Ask not what you can do for the country, ask what the government can do for you." Or something to that effect.
"It's the American dream, stupid," said the former first lady in a riff on her husband's successful 1992 campaign mantra -- "It's the economy, stupid." Democrat Bill Clinton served two terms in the White House.
"They're not taking care of America. They're bankrupting our country and failing to address the problems," the New York senator said, citing skyrocketing gas, college and health care costs and lamenting a GOP "failure to provide Americans with economic security."
"Once again, America needs to work for everyone, not just the privileged and the powerful," Clinton said, adding that Democrats can be the "change agent" this fall by winning control of the House and Senate from Republicans.
"Democrats know we must stop passing on debt to our children and start doing what's best for our country and our children," she said in a speech to moderates attending the annual meeting of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist think tank best known for helping her husband win the White House in 1992.
She unveiled the "American Dream Initiative," a package of economic proposals aimed at strengthening the middle class and helping the poor work their way out of poverty. It a set of agenda items that Democrats hope to use to win control of Congress.
The 20-page document proposes steps to curtail federal spending, make college more accessible, ensure solvent retirement accounts and make health care more affordable, all with the goal of correcting the country's current "misguided economic philosophy" and giving anyone who is willing to work hard the opportunity to get ahead.
"So this is a positive agenda for change. It's an agenda that we hope will unite Democrats, and help elect Democrats across the country this November," Clinton said. "The Democrats have done it before and we can do it again."
Clinton called for mandatory, portable employee retirement accounts, a $3,000 college tuition tax credit, and an end to Congressional pay raises until the average American's income rises.
"We can replace trickle down economics with rise up economics. And we can make sure that everybody has a chance to rise up and fulfill their dreams for the future," she said.