Dan Gilmore / June 21, 2016

Hillary Can’t Best Trump’s Economic Platform

A speech high on rhetorical zingers and low on examples of her own.

Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump’s plan to improve the economy, with a Tuesday speech high on rhetorical zingers and low on examples of her own economic prowess. Trump didn’t have enough detail in his job creation plan, Clinton complained, “But maybe we shouldn’t expect better from someone whose famous words are: ‘You’re fired.’”

Hilarious coming from a woman who made her fortune penning books, giving speeches and peddling influence — pastimes of the liberal elite. At least Trump created jobs.

Clinton’s speech tried to paint Trump as “dangerous,” a bull in the China shop of the American economy. “Just like he shouldn’t have his finger on the button, he shouldn’t have his hands on our economy,” Clinton declared. But as commentator Ashe Schow points out, Clinton has a long record of using public money and her status to make herself and her family rich. Is she really the best advocate for the American middle class? It was just a few weeks ago where she admitted her policies would make coal miners lose their jobs.

As for Clinton’s plan to get this Obama economy roaring back to life, Clinton suggested — what else? — massive government spending on the nation’s infrastructure. But as Jim Geraghty points out, it’s not like Obama didn’t try that same trick in 2012 with $102 billion in roadway funding (“the largest new investment in our nation’s infrastructure since Eisenhower”) — and look where that got us. Clinton proposes nothing new. If she were to become president, expect four more years of dismal economic growth in a continuation of the Obama-Clinton stagnation.

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