So what exactly is Hillary Clinton’s economic plan?
Family policies, debt-free college, big infrastructure plans, and fixing Obamacare – Prez Clinton would be keeping busy
America elects a new president today. Most Americans have a pretty good idea what Trump’s economic ideas are: tax cuts, deregulation, trade deals and walls. But a lot of people still don’t have a great idea of what a President Clinton would do about the economy (partly because both candidates have mostly tried to win by convincing the American people that their opponent was personally unfit to be president.)
Clinton has a grand total of 65 different policy proposals (most of which are directly about the economy). Taken together, they’re over 112,000 words long (slightly smaller than the average Harry Potter book). (For comparison, Trump has 11 policy proposals which, at 9,000 total words, are the length of a pretty long college paper.)
Loads of Clinton's economic ideas are about what people are calling 'family policy'.
Families should be able to take 12 weeks of paid leave to have (or adopt) a child, take care of a sick relative or recover from an injury or illness. Employers should have to pay at least 2/3rd of the person's wages while they’re gone, and the provision applies to both men and women.
Clinton’s climate change is actually more ambitious than President Obama’s in terms of how aggressively she wants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Her biggest targets are boosting solar energy (she wants to be able to power every home in America with solar within 10 years) and increasing fuel efficiency by over one third.
Estimates from tax researchers say the plan could decrease after-tax incomes for the top 1% (people earning roughly $430,000 a year) by between 2% and 5%. Basically all of Clinton’s new proposals are paid for by tax increases (assuming of course that her full plan is passed).
...And is any of this actually going to happen?
A lot of people are skeptical that a President Clinton would actually do the things she says she would – partly because of a distrust in her as a politician, and partly because politicians have a bad rep for not doing what they say they will. That’s fair, but it’s good to keep in mind that previous presidents have been remarkably true to their initial campaign promises...so it's worth getting familiar with what she's claiming to do, on the off chance that she does indeed become the next prez of America.