Hillary Clinton is doing what Democrats should have been doing all along, and that’s looking and sounding — and, if given the chance, acting — like FDR. This means going big, big, big and fully using government to radically ramp up new programs and initiatives to tackle everything from the nation’s crumbling infrastructure to the chronic unemployment, especially among the urban poor.
Her FDR-like chorus was in full effect in her speech at a Michigan auto and aircraft parts manufacturing plant near Detroit. She promised a big spending spree to the tune of nearly $300 billion on a vast array of infrastructure building and repair projects; roads, bridges, airports schools, sewer systems and so on. The projects would create new jobs for thousands.
Clinton made it clear that she expects the rich to foot much of the bill by demanding hefty tax hikes on them. She added the final FDR touch to her big spending plan by promising to plop the legislation on Congress’ table within her first 100 days in office.
Now in line with the FDR theme, Clinton knows full well the perils ahead. The biggest threat is the Congress that she’ll have to go to with her big spending package. If it’s still a GOP-controlled Congress after November, it will be as hostile to the big budget and tax increases. It waged war against a far more modest jobs and infrastructure spending plan by President Obama than Clinton will offer. GOP rival Trump has already taken shots at her plan with the standard GOP rap about Democrats soaking the rich, further eroding the living standards of the middle class and igniting inflation.