Sep 19, 2016 2:50 PM GMT
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/09/progressive-case-hillary-clinton-overwhelming...FDR signed on to lots of compromises that liberals detested. Ronald Reagan did the same with conservatives. Clinton will too. There are just too many competing interests in a pluralistic country like America to expect anything else. But all that said, the liberal case for Clinton remains pretty overwhelming. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but here it is:
1.In 1995, despite strong pressure from diplomats and White House aides to remain low key, she went to China and said, "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights."
2.She worked her heart out for health care reform in 1993.
3.She now supports Obamacare, and supports expanding it.
4.She supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour. This is good for workers, but less likely to have downsides than a national level of $15.
5.She supported comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 and continues to support it.
6.She was a prime mover behind the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, and was a key figure in finding compromises that allowed it to pass after partisan bickering nearly sank it.
7.Sen. Sherrod Brown: "As much as we want to move this country forward, you gotta cajole, persuade, work with, whatever it takes. And I think she does that better than about anybody I know."
8.She supports LGBT rights.
9.She worked with attorney general Janet Reno to create the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.
10.She was one of the prime movers behind SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, eventually signed into law by Bill Clinton.
11.She pushed the Adoption and Safe Families Act through Congress.
12.She was instrumental in the founding of the Center for American Progress.
13.She has been the target of countless baseless attacks, but has always rebounded and kept on working anyway.
14.President Barack Obama: "What sets Hillary apart is that through it all, she just keeps on going, and she doesn’t stop caring, and she doesn’t stop trying, and she never stops fighting for us — even if we haven’t always appreciated it,"
15.She voted against both of George Bush's tax giveaways to the rich.
16.She favors closing the carried-interest loophole.
17.Jill Abramson, who covered Bill and Hillary Clinton critically for more than two decades, first in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal and later at the New York Times, says this about Hillary Clinton: "Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy....There are no instances I know of where Clinton was doing the bidding of a donor or benefactor."
18.She supports legislation to end racial profiling at all levels of government.
19.She wants to clean up the toxic lead remaining in soil, water, and paint.
20.As Secretary of State, she was tireless in traveling the world to repair the damage to our reputation from the Bush years.
21.German chancellor Angela Merkel: "I admire her strategic thinking...Whenever I was able to work with Hillary Clinton, it was a great pleasure."
22.She wants to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.
23.She voted for TARP.
24.She was the principal author of the sanctions on Iran that brought them to the bargaining table.
25.She then began the secret negotiations with Iran that eventually led to the treaty stopping their work on nuclear weapons.
26.She supports Dodd-Frank.
27.At the age of 29 she cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families advocacy group.
28.She is annoyed by airline bag fees.
29.She supports a higher tax rate on the very rich.
30.She supports the Paris Climate Agreement, and has endorsed a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050.
31.She wants to restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences.
32.She was one of the original co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have implemented card check.
33.She has literally spent her entire adult life advocating for children and women.
34.Sen. Barbara Boxer: "She is authentic. Hillary is Hillary, and she’s not going to become a cheerleader with pom-poms."
35.She supports automatic voter registration at age 18.
36.She has a lifetime score of 94 percent from the AFL-CIO and 98 percent from AFSCME.
37.She pushed through State Department regulations that gave same-sex couples most of the same rights as straight couples.
38.She supports universal pre-K.
39.She has set a goal of producing one-third of the nation's electricity from renewable sources by 2027, three years before President Obama's deadline.
40.She wants to expand home visiting programs, one of the best known ways to improve child development.
41.She wants to spend $275 billion (over five years) on rebuilding infrastructure.
42.She was instrumental in securing help for New York’s 9/11 first responders.
43.In the Senate, she fought Republican attempts to privatize Social Security.