Monday, February 13, 2006

Hillary and the unions

Rare coverage in The Australian on Hillary Clinton's views on economic policy expressed in a speech to the United Auto Workers, the article accuses her of protectionism.
Pleasing to see this:
If you don't have a strong labor movement in a free market economy, people will take advantage of workers...People will have unsafe work conditions. They will pay you as little as they can get by with. They won't provide benefits.
However Democrats need to do more work on their domestic economic policy, currently as Matthew Yglesias said last year:
The Democratic strategy for appealing to middle class economic interests strikes me of consisting of little more than saying "the middle class" a lot in speeches. That's a start, but evidently it's not as convincing as it might be. Similarly, the Democratic message on jobs and growth seems heavy on the insinuations that Indians are going to steal your job and short on convincing explanations of what, exactly, Democrats are going to do about this.
The ALP doesn't even have protectionism to fall back on.


At 3:47 PM, Blogger John Murney said...

It looks like HRC will be the main contender for the Democratic nod. I am curious to see if the Republicans will put Condi Rice up against her!

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Geoff Robinson said...

I suspect I am optimistically trying to find something positive in Hilary. Can't see Rice getting support of rank and file Republicans although the neo-cons would love her

At 5:44 AM, Blogger John Murney said...

Stranger things have happened, Geoff. I guess we will have to wait and see.


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