Do we believe Clinton when she talks progressive?

In this video he rightly asserts that many of us just don’t believe Clinton when she moves left on issues, most recently on a program to pay for college tuition if family income is below a certain threshold. We’ve seen so many times when her actual record speaks to the opposite so how can we know if she’ll stick to her guns?

After reading Frank’s book Listen Liberal I’m inclined to accept that Clinton actually believes what she says about the concerns of us little people.But her consistent ideology has been that the way to address such social concerns is through a corporate framework. For her the capitalist model is just fine the way it is, and all we need do is adjust ourselves to it. Hence instead of addressing the privatization of education and the subsequent outrageous tuition and housing costs, etc., she comes up with a solution that leaves that system in place and just says the federal government will put up half the student costs if the States put up the other half. And we know damned well that those Republican-controlled states will do no such thing, so this solution does not much for not many while sounding like it really cares about the plight of the students.

So perhaps we can trust her genuine concern, but we certainly can’t trust she’ll come up with solutions that actually work. And none of them will address the real problems of the capitalist takeover of our public commons, education being but one of them.


About theurj

Also known as theurj. I've contributed some essays to Integral World and co-founded Open Integral blog, now defunct. I continue to participate in Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality forum.
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