Clinton will then, with varying levels of exasperation, reiterate that she shares Sanders’s goal of universal health-care access, but that “every progressive economist” who has crunched the numbers on his plan has found that it would cost more to implement than its new revenues would raise. Further, passing Obamacare was a nightmarish marathon of legislative grappling, and that was back when Democrats still controlled the Congress! Reopening that debate in order to pursue a fiscally dubious and politically impossible single-payer system will not help the sickest among us, Clinton suggests. … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton Finally Addressed Sanders’s ‘Every Other Country Does It’ Defense of Single-Payer
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Clinton replied by reiterating her support for honoring the due process rights of every asylum seeker (rights that many are currently being denied). And also, in case you were wondering, Bernie Sanders voted with Republicans in 2006 for the “indefinite detention” of undocumented immigrants. And, also, he “sided with those Republicans to stand with vigilantes known as Minute Men who were taking up outposts along the border to hunt down immigrants.” … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Accuse Each Other of ‘Hispandering’
Maybe, but more likely she will not have to. For one thing, both she and Sanders proposed a phase-in of the higher minimum wage, which means any marginal effect on net employment, or regional problems in low-wage areas where $15 an hour is above the median wage, can be gauged and accounted for. For another thing, unless Democrats kill the filibuster once and for all early on, Republicans will still have a chokehold on controversial legislation in the Senate so long as they have 41 votes. And even if the filibuster is killed right away, there’s no guarantee all Democrats will go along with a $15 minimum wage. … [Read more...] about Would Clinton Have Supported a $15 Minimum Wage If She Knew She Might Actually Be Able to Enact It?
Ramos sometimes refers to President Obama as the “deporter in chief,” in reference to the aggressive deportation policy he pursued early in his administration. Back in Iowa, Clinton had promised Ramos that she would not be the next “deporter in chief,” but still refused to promise that she would spare every undocumented child in the United States from deportation. On Wednesday night, Ramos asked Clinton: “If you really don’t want to be the next deporter in chief, can you promise tonight that you won’t deport children and that you won’t deport immigrants who don’t have a criminal record, and this time, could I get a yes or no answer?” … [Read more...] about Jorge Ramos Just Got Clinton and Sanders to Make a Radical Promise on Immigration
— Benchmark Politics (@benchmarkpol) April 19, 2016 Clinton’s delegate lead is creeping toward insurmountable, and in her victory speech she once again made reference to uniting the Democratic party in the general election. “To all those who supported Senator Sanders, I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us,” she said before bashing both Trump and Cruz. … [Read more...] about Trump, Clinton Win New York Primaries