Nov 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
If you’re looking for a clue to what a Hillary Clinton administration might get up to, check out her husband’s speech at the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. His idea du jour is to jump-start the economy by depositing all bank fines into an infrastructure fund, so we can put the money to work fixing our supposedly moribund roads and bridges.
This combines two tired Democratic tropes: that infrastructure spending is an economic panacea and that it’s perfectly reasonable to contemplate how an administration might spend billions of dollars without bothering Congress to appropriate the money.
There are lots of lessons to be learned from the Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus program (such as that most spending gets done for baldly political purposes and that the folks currently in power will wildly overpromise when necessary), but the relevant ones here are that there is no such thing as a shovel-ready project and that infrastructure construction tends to be very capital intensive, leading to relatively few jobs created per dollar spent.
But despite the lackluster economic impact of the 2009 spending bill, Democrats continue to act as if we’re a few new bridges away from economic nirvana. And while Democrats may be upset that Congress won’t let them spend as much money as they want to, the gang currently in power has yet to stoop (at least not wholeheartedly) to subverting democracy.
Bill Clinton’s “helpful” suggestion comes on the heels of a high-profile piece in the New Republic suggesting that the leftward tilt of the Democratic party the last few years has passed Hillary by, and that she is in danger of being outflanked to her left for the nomination—again—by someone like Elizabeth Warren.
It’s moves like this that show the advantage of having a political husband like Bill. If the idea proves to be a hit with the nomenklatura of the Democratic party, she can easily make it her own and run with it. If it sinks, the idea is chalked up to “Bill being Bill.” No doubt the former president’s going to have a lot more ideas of this ilk to share with us in the next couple of years.
From Churchill, FDR, and Stalin to Blair, Clinton, and Pinchuk. Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By DANIEL HALPER
On a charter flight from Kiev to Simferopol, before our two-hour drive here, I’m asked by the earnest reporter seated next to me whether I know what Victor Pinchuk looks like. I give a vague description—tired from having traveled nearly 24 hours. “Isn’t he short and a little bald?” I say.
“Yes,” she agrees and adds: He’s the one with the “hooked nose.”
Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be a fresh face in the White House. Sep 2, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 48 • By JAY COST
Hillary Clinton is the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president—just as she was eight years ago today. If she were to succeed this time around, what would her chances be for a general election victory? Obviously, it is far too early to reach anything approaching a definitive conclusion. Nevertheless, we can draw some basic inferences based on the career and age profiles of previous nominees for the presidency to see how Clinton stacks up.
From Nixon and Clinton to ObamaAug 26, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 47 • By NOEMIE EMERY
Remember Black Jesus? The Lightworker? The One? The next Lincoln, the Democrats’ Reagan, the neo-FDR? He is now standing next to Tricky Dick and Slick Willie, caught in a quartet of burgeoning scandals, charged with rewriting the facts when they became inconvenient, harassing the press, and using the Internal Revenue Service to get at his enemies, subverting their rights of assembly, and speech. “Richard Milhous Obama,” writes Carl M. Cannon, and there are also Clintonian levels of cover-ups, literally in the case of Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi debacle.
1:17 PM, Nov 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton still intends to step down as secretary of state. That will take place likely "days" after President Barack Obama's second inauguration in January.
3:00 PM, Sep 7, 2012 • By JAY COST
On Wednesday night, former president Bill Clinton assured us that nobody could have managed the Great Recession better than Barack Obama. He compared Obama’s tenure to the period between 1993 and 1996, when the economy was recovering but people were not yet feeling it. He assured us that, soon enough, we will feel this recovery.
1:30 PM, Jul 31, 2012 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
So President Obama has abandoned his claim that America has been headed in the wrong direction for 30 years and decided to run on Bill Clinton’s record. Well, Mr. President, the voters know Bill Clinton, and they know that you are no Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton took the Democratic party to the center; you have taken it back to the left.
3:01 PM, Jun 4, 2012 • By JAY COST
I have been reading A Time for Choosing, the wonderful new e-book from RCP’s Carl Cannon and Tom Bevan about the 2012 campaign, and was really struck by this passage about the Democratic counter-punch to Team Romney. Cannon and Bevan note how Democrats decided to attack Romney as:
12:31 PM, Apr 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be joining in the effort to reelect President Barack Obama. "Senior administration officials confirmed on Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not be joining the president on the campaign trail, given the explicit need to avoid making her position appear political," the Huffington Post reports.
What would Jesus do about the deficit?Jun 13, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 37 • By MARK TOOLEY
Right after Easter, the irrepressible evangelical-left activist Jim Wallis of Sojourners magazine announced a new “spiritual battle” against cuts to sacred federal programs in the 2012 budget. Enlisting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Salvation Army, Wallis proclaimed their “Circle of Protection” around federal poverty programs.