Monday Quick Post
Posted September 27, 2016on:
Good Monday Widdershins!
This will be a quick post just to get us to the live-blogging which we’ll be doing tonight. Mb is occupied right now with real world things so we’ll just make do with this post until this evening.
So have you ever asked “Gee I wonder if Hillary Clinton has a policy or position paper on (fill in the blank)?”. On most likely any position that a voter might want to know where she stands, there is a position paper for that issue. Paying for college education – check. Something along the lines of helping to pay for childcare or rebuilding our infrastructure? Check and check.
In fact, Hillary probably has more position papers than most of us would truly want to read. You say you haven’t heard about many or any of these policies? Well that could partly be because of this bizarro-world election we’ve had.
Take the education policy she has devised. Hillary came up with what the campaign called “The New College Compact”.
The goal, making public college debt-free, was simple. The mechanics were not. Families would pay “realistic” fees based on income, with poorer families paying nothing at all. Students would contribute directly through work-study programs. Washington would provide most of the money, but states would have to kick in some funds and hold the line on tuition increases. The feds would also crack down on for-profit colleges where too many students were getting substandard degrees and defaulting on their loans. All in all, the proposal would require some $350 billion in new spending over 10 years, which Clinton planned to pay for by raising taxes on the rich. James Kvaal, a former Obama administration adviser who consulted on the initiative, described it in an email as “a once-in-a-century change in the relationship between the federal government and colleges, on par with the Morrill Act (which created land grant colleges in the 19th Century) and the G.I. Bill.”
Hillary’s team of advisers and wonks was so excited about this and knew that when it was released there would be lots and lots of questions.
A few days before Clinton’s speech, O’Leary convened a final conference call to discuss media strategy. Anticipating a lot of attention, she instructed the team to be ready by the phones. Clinton delivered her address at a high school in Exeter, New Hampshire, and afterward, held a press conference in the gym. She got just one query about the plan.
And you know why she got exactly one question? It was because of the talking yam having uttered his infamous comments about Megyn Kelly .
Earlier that week, Trump had described Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as having “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” during a debate, and so Clinton was grilled on whether Trump should apologize to Kelly, whether he had a problem with women, and what Clinton thought of the fact that Trump had retweeted someone who called Kelly a bimbo.
Yes, Trump’s description of Kelly and then what Hillary thought about it was all the media was interested in. Hillary, her wonks, and advisers had come up with a policy and plan to relieve one of the most pressing issues for families trying to figure out how they will pay for their children’s college education. And NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN all wanted to know her thoughts on Megyn Kelly’s degree of being a bimbo.
I mentioned earlier that Hillary had Seven Pillars of things she wanted to work on in her first term and here they are:
- The Economy
- Work and family
- Criminal Justice
- Health care
- Financial reform
Will she be able to accomplish these things? Will she be able to accomplish even one of these things? Who knows right now. As it’s stated in the article:
Clinton and her team are not delusional—they know that passing her agenda would get very messy, very fast. Even if she manages to pull off a decisive victory, Democrats almost certainly won’t take the House. They may not even regain the Senate.
So we know that she knows that, unlike Obama, she won’t walk into the White House and having eager and willing partners on Capitol Hill. Still, she has made a jobs/infrastructure bill and immigration her two top priorities after she’s elected.
Okay I said this would be short. The article is a great piece to read although it is longish. Go take a look at it and by the time you’re finished we’ll be getting ready for the debate tonight.
One note: It’s a HuffPo piece so save your time and don’t bother with the comments.
See y’all for the debate tonight!
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