Hillary Clinton is further to the right than the majority of Democrats, at least economically speaking. While she may espouse politically correct values and social liberalism, she is economically quite conservative. Her voting record, policies, and her place on the political compass seem to indicate that she is to the right of the republican candidate Donald Trump on economic issues.
Hillary Clinton’s record shows that she has lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. She endorsed fracking, according to Common Dreams. In general, Clinton has a record of supporting free foreign trade. This is traditionally republican territory.
Donald Trump speaks out against exporting jobs through foreign trade. He says he wants to bring industries back to the United States so that people can again earn a living wage. He has mentioned increasing taxation and tariffs on corporations that prefer to produce goods outside the country. Donald speaks a lot about job creation. That is a huge part of his “Make America Great Again” plan. He at least claims to be pro-labor, and the voice of the now disenfranchised working class. That kind of talk is definitely part of the Democratic tradition. Conservatives prefer free trade and oppose tariffs.
Hillary Clinton rarely speaks about job creation or bringing American industrial jobs back. She has said in debates with Bernie Sanders that she wants to shut down the gun industry and the domestic coal industry as well. Coal miners were not pleased, so Clinton attempted to retract her statement, but she has been caught on video.
Donald Trump is not taking any campaign money at all, and especially not from corporate donors. He has financed his campaign so far and does not plan any corporate fundraising, though he might take a bit from the Republican party according to the New York Times.
Hillary Clinton is double dipping since Trump refused to partake. She’s taking money from not only the typical democratic PACs but also from traditionally republican donors, including the big banks. Open Secrets reveals that Clinton received over $800,000 each from individuals and PACs belonging to Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs, and J. P. Morgan Chase & Company since 1989. These are three of her top five donors. Time Labs has revealed that Hillary is taking funding from many traditionally republican donors. Even Ted Cruz’s former donor, Renaissance Technologies, is funneling money into the Clinton Campaign, and Hillary is sharing over 60 of the same donors as Jeb Bush, according to Observer.
Donald Trump and the Republican Party are coming up a bit short, since major funding sources like the Koch brothers will not support Trump’s campaign, nor would he relish taking money from them. It could take Donald’s entire fortune to run without any funding and he has set up no apparatus for taking contributions. He is hoping to collect enough through the Republican party to defray at least some of his expenses, according to the New York Times.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seem to be playing role reversal in a bewildering political game that disavows their parties, at least on economic policy. Hillary seems to be the republican, supporting big business, maintaining the status quo, and even calling for welfare reform during a decade-long recession that has driven many middle-class and working-class Americans into poverty. Donald is speaking up for the common man, talking about job creation and appealing to the working class. Trump is talking about making major changes that are traditionally democratic ideas.
While Hillary Clinton remains a politically correct social liberal, a proponent of women’s rights and civil rights, her stand on economic recovery, economic equality, taxes, trade, and job creation is conservative. Donald Trump, though he may be a social conservative, and completely anti-PC, espouses a platform that is far more liberal economically.
Could the day come when republicans became the party of the common man while the democrats became the elitists? Will republicans soon be campaigning to support labor unions, increased welfare and raise taxes on the wealthiest one percent of Americans? Will the Democrat party tolerate a shift away from doing those things?
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could bring challenges to the two-party system.
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