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Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Truth

Anti-Trump forces are in their glory, suggesting that after a few weeks of self-inflicted wounds, Trump's campaign is in shambles, his poll numbers are dropping, and his negatives are on the rise. They chortle that the presidential race is already lost and that Hillary Clinton will be elected in a landslide.

Okay. Let's assume all of that is true. Might it therefore be time to take the focus off Trump—a loser according to the media, the Clintonistas, and every progressive, and focus a little attention on Hillary Clinton. I don't mean her tedious rants that tell us that Donald Trump is unfit to be president, but rather what her past history has been and what she'd likely do when elected.

But that won't happen, because the trained hamsters in the media refuse to look at HRC's history—a long and disturbing trail of lies, corruption. and incompetence. They instead point us to her campaign website, where policy statements abound. There's only one problem. Since Clinton is a proven liar (again, and again, and again) why on earth should anyone believe a single thing that's written there.

Elizabeth Harrington
takes a look at a few policy proposals:
Hillary Clinton comes up $2.2 trillion short in paying for her policy agenda, despite hiking taxes by $1.3 trillion, according to a new analysis of the Democratic nominee’s campaign platform.

The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Thursday finding Clinton’s domestic agenda would “have a dramatic effect on the federal budget.”

Gordon Gray, American Action Forum’s director of fiscal policy, based the report on estimates of policy proposals from the Clinton campaign itself, as well as independent analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Gray found Clinton’s policies for expanding government’s role in family leave and student loans would contribute significantly to the deficit, and in turn a growing national debt that stands at $19.358 trillion.

In fact, the amount of debt held by the public alone would reach $25.825 trillion in 2026 under Clinton’s plan. The amount of debt held by the public today is $13.968 trillion.

“Based on these estimates, Secretary Clinton’s proposals would, on net and over a ten-year period (2017-2026), increase revenues by $1.3 trillion, increase outlays by $3.5 trillion, for a combined deficit effect of nearly $2.2 trillion over the next decade,” Gray wrote.

The report notes that Clinton’s proposals would also increase deficits to 5.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product, and the debt held by the public to 93.4 percent of GDP, “well above the current law projection of 85.6 percent.”
But maybe Hillary is lying to her progressive base. Maybe she'll reduce the annual deficit and the national debt; maybe she'll lower taxes and use that to stimulate economic growth; maybe she'll not implement corrupt crony capitalist policy that will enrich her friends and contributors and impoverish the average taxpayer.

Nah. Her existing policy statements may be the only instance in recent memory where HRC is telling the truth.