Hillary Clinton’s new book underscores Democratic Party’s leftward shift since 1992

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Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

Source: CNN

By Edward Mejia Davis, CNN

Washington (CNN) Twenty-four years after Bill Clinton published “Putting People First,” Hillary Clinton is about to produce her own policy tome: “Stronger Together: A Blueprint for America’s Future.”

The 249-page book, which was co-written with her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, is set to be published on Sept. 6 by Simon and Schuster (list price $15.99), the day after Labor Day, the traditional kick-off of the fall campaign.
The book — which includes policy prescriptions on everything from strengthening the economy to defeating ISIS — is intended to provide a contrast with Donald Trump, whose campaign has been light on policy details.
But when read alongside the book that her husband and Al Gore published in 1992, it offers a glimpse into the many ways that the Democratic Party has drifted to the left over the past quarter-century on everything from crime to trade, from Social Security and welfare to Israel and the Middle East.

Crime

Bill Clinton’s “Putting People First” declared: “We need to put more police on the streets and more criminals behind bars” (p. 71).
Hillary Clinton’s book, by contrast, calls for reforming the criminal justice system, expanding the use of body cameras, and ending “the era of mass incarceration.”
“We should work together to pursue alternative punishments for nonviolent offenders where appropriate,” write Clinton and Kaine. “We don’t want to create another ‘incarceration generation'” (p. 198).

Trade

Bill Clinton and Gore promised to “support a North American Free Trade Agreement” (p. 156), a pledge he made good on in the White House.
The Clinton-Kaine book, by contrast, promises to “review” trade agreements like NAFTA that are “already on the books” and promises to oppose the controversial Asian trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“[W]e oppose the TPP — and that means before and after the election,” write Clinton and Kaine.

Social Security

The Democratic Party has also moved to the left on the issue of Social Security — a shift that is reflected in Clinton’s book.
Bill Clinton’s book promised to “protect the long-term solvency of Social Security” (p. 140).
Hillary Clinton’s book, by contrast, promises to reject “years of mythmaking claiming we cannot afford Social Security and that the only solution is to cut the benefits on which 90 percent of Americans seniors rely.” (p. 87).
Clinton and Kaine propose expanding Social Security for “those who need it most and who are treated unfairly by the current system — including women who are widows” (p. 88)
Clinton calls for paying for this expansion of Social Security benefits by “asking the wealthiest to contribute more” (p. 88).

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