Who is Hilary Courting?

I was pointed to this article covering Senator Clinton’s visit to NH today, where she had a lot to say about our country’s economic situation, including these snippets:

“I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.”

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed…”

“Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

Beyond education, Clinton said she would reduce special breaks for corporations, eliminate tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas and open up CEO pay to greater public scrutiny.

High on rhetoric and low on detail, as stump speeches are wont to be. But to this reader, it sounds a bit too much like what Hugo Chavez is touting. Socialism doesn’t work. That horse left the barn a few millenia ago.

I know Senator Clinton is way smarter than to believe this sort of claptrap. So who is she courting? The cynic in me says that the most likely constituency is the half of the nation that doesn’t pay taxes. Sad, unfortunate, and scary state of affairs.

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