Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Clinton Has Plans; tRump Has Gas

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Phony populism doesn't feed the family | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

...The truth is that Ms. Clinton has offered many more serious policy proposals for raising workers’ incomes than Mr. Trump has. Her website is full of ideas on expanding profit-sharing, a “Make It in America” initiative to promote manufacturing, plans on family leave, child care, cutting student debt and much more.

One of the banes of this campaign is the media’s temptation toward false balance: If a reporter says that Mr. Trump is not offering a lot of plans, he or she feels obligated to say either that Ms. Clinton is short on specifics, too, or that she may have a lot of plans but is not packaging them very well. But if the media doesn’t want to cover them, all the bright bunting in the world won’t matter.

In the meantime, Mr. Trump has effectively reduced his campaign to immigration and trade (plus “law and order”). He’s arguing that the problems faced by American workers will be magically solved if we throw millions of immigrants out of the country and if he gets a chance to negotiate much tougher trade deals...

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