How would Hillary Clinton fare as our President? A lot depends on the direction of Hillary’s policies if she is elected. I don’t think they will be what many of you think they will be. I don’t believe she will follow in Obamas footsteps for long.
Bill Clinton started his term left of what we might think of as fiscal center and moved right to what we might regard as fiscally moderate, including signing into law a reduction of tax rates on capital gains in 1997. He enjoyed balanced budgets with the market advance in the late 1990s. Huge capital gain sales provided the money.
Will Hillary stay on the left? Perhaps socially, certainly not fiscally.
Some university philosophy courses use a chart that shows politicians such as Obama on the far right. Someone far left of him might make this categorization comparatively true.
Most Americans certainly wouldn’t recognize the placement of our politicians current and historical on that graph. I’m not a huge Wikipedia fan but it conveys the point. You can read about it here.
A growing percentage of Americans consider themselves socially liberal- more tolerant of the views and behaviors of others- than a decade ago. Many still see themselves split on their viewpoints between social and fiscal issues.
They still maintain values that require hard work for good pay. They are not socialist, and abhor government waste and over regulation.
Hillary’s presidency will be much different from her husbands if what she says in her campaign – to follow and maintain the Obama legacy is true. President Obama’s legacy was marked by continual conflict with Republicans. Hard fought battles often ending in stalemate. Signing executive orders was his response. Some of the orders have been ruled unlawful and struck down. Many other challenges remain.
I think what Hillary will do will be much different, however. We are all aware that what a politician says, and what they do after gaining office are often very different.
Depending on which party holds the house and/ or senate will go a long way in determine her path.
President Bill Clinton learned to work with both parties to create consensus. Passing legislation was the result of his efforts. If conservatives keep both the house and senate, Hillary will need to do what her husband and others before him did if she doesn’t want her legacy to become another log jam.
I suspect Hillary will respect many of her donors wishes and continue the policies that benefit them. Why else do you think they contribute so much to her? This includes positive responses to massive lobbying efforts and expenditures by all the famous players- politics as usual.
Hillary, as president, will hopefully take a strong stand against those who damage America’s interest. Additionally, an aggressive push forward for science and technological innovation could advance our society.
A massive education effort – not a free education- can provide training for jobs in that society fed by new inventions and technologies. They could provide the economic wave to take us forward. However, not if the opportunity by whoever is elected is lost.