Aug. 13–As the Republican Party puts 17 presidential candidates through the wringer on the way to choosing a nominee, Hillary Clinton goes about her business relatively unchallenged.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made things interesting by polling well, but Clinton would seem to have little to worry about in the way of a real challenger.
This will allow her to amass a huge campaign treasury and marshal the resources she will need for the general election campaign. While GOP candidates are made to defend or explain their positions on a variety of issues, on the campaign trail and in debates to come, Hillary can skate along secure in the knowledge that the Democratic nomination is hers for the taking.
Clinton will have little support in Oklahoma, which hasn’t backed the Democratic nominee in a presidential election since 1964. Yet it’s worth reminding people of what sort of president they would get if Clinton were to win the White House in 2016.
With a Hillary Clinton presidency, we’ll get someone who, like the current occupant of the White House, sees nothing but good in the work done by Planned Parenthood. Gruesome undercover videos that have led Republicans to push for ending taxpayer funding to the nation’s leading abortion provider seem only to have emboldened Clinton.
“I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood,” she said in a video released last week. “I’ll never stop fighting to protect the ability and right of every woman in this country to make her own health decisions.
“If this feels like a full-on assault on women’s health, that’s because it is. When politicians talk about defunding Planned Parenthood, they’re talking about blocking millions of women, men and young people from life-saving preventive care. … When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health and it’s wrong and we’re not going to let them get away with it.”
We’ll also have a president who seemingly prefers the economy of yesteryear, when labor unions had more sway. At a speech June 13 about the economy, Clinton bemoaned the fact that today “many Americans are making extra money renting out a small room, designing websites, selling products they design themselves at home, or even driving their own car.”
“This on-demand, or so called gig economy, is creating exciting economies and unleashing innovation. But it is also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” In other words, what’s a union shop steward to do?
Were Clinton to be elected, Americans could expect more of the same assault on fossil fuels and demonization of the energy industry that they’ve gotten from President Barack Obama. Clinton loves the president’s Clean Power Plan, which will drive up utility costs while trying to curb carbon emissions, calling it “a significant step forward in meeting the urgent threat of climate change.”
Clinton recently offered her own environmental plan, which would install a half-billion solar panels by 2020, with generation of enough energy from carbon-free sources by 2026 to power every home in America. The cost of this plan? A cool $60 billion over 10 years, to be offset by — surprise — ending tax breaks for oil and gas producers.
“We’ll stop the giveaways to big oil companies and extend, instead, tax incentives for clean energy, while making them more cost-effective for both taxpayers and producers,” she said.
This is only a small sampling of what the country has to look forward to from a Hillary Clinton presidency. Lucky us.
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