Hilllary explains 'corporations and businesses don't create jobs' comment
Hillary Clinton really didn't mean what she said last week. "Don't let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs," Clinton had said at the rally in Boston.
It's okay. All she did was leave out a few words. She doesn't really think that. She was really talking about "trickle down" economics.
A Clinton aide later said the former secretary of state had meant to talk about tax breaks for corporations and businesses in that sentence, which led into a line about how trickle-down economics had "failed spectacularly" — a sentiment she has long held. The overall context was clear that she had left words out of a sentence; the comment made little sense without it.
But some Democrats who back Clinton said privately she appeared to be trying too hard to capture the Warren rhetoric and adjust to the modern economic progressive language — much in the way President Barack Obama did during a campaign rally in 2012, when, discussing businesses' relationships to the infrastructure of cities, he said, "You didn't build that."
And it highlighted a problem that has plagued Clinton in the past: overshooting in her language when she is outside her immediate comfort zone.
In Somers on Monday, Clinton wrapped the discussion about trickle-down economics into one about the minimum wage, an issue Democrats across the country have discussed in stump speeches.
"Trickle down economics has failed. I short-handed this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I've been saying for a couple of decades," she said. "Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas."
She added: "There are a growing number of businesses in our country showing what it means to be responsible corporate citizens. They're paying workers a living wage instead of a poverty wage. They are investing in communities instead of hollowing them out. They are empowering workers instead of preventing them from organizing and joining unions to represent them. But we still don't have enough who are doing all of that."
Clinton closed the idea by saying: "To make America great we need to do our part and pay our fair share. The other side's only answer to all of this is fear. Now, fear is the last resort of those who have run out of ideas and run out of hope. Fear is not going to help us come together or solve our problems. It only leads to more fear."
GOP relies on "fear" to solve our problems? "War on women, "war on blacks," GOP wants to take away your birth control, Republicans worse than Ebola...
Nope – not much fear-mongering there.
But back to Hillary's "clarification," which isn't really a clarification. Rather, it is a reinvention of what she said. And that's putting it kindly. The Clinton team wants us to throw her ridiculous comment about businesses not creating jobs down the memory hole and substitute a false narrative about "trickle down economics" – which doesn't have anything to do with tax breaks for businesses. In fact, the Democrats tarred Reagan with that term, which is actually based on JFK's "A rising tide lifts all boats" theory.
Apparently, it's OK to throw Democratic party saint John F. Kennedy under the bus.
The Politico whitewash of this incident is telling. Hillary was speaking from the heart when she made that comment, trying to outdo Elizabeth Warren in the loony liberal department. Once she realized how toxic the comment was – and how it would come back to haunt her on the campaign trail – Clinton had to invent a cock and bull story about tax breaks and trickle-down economics being what she really meant.
Politico might believe her. Her supporters will believe her. But the rest of us know her too well to think she didn't say exactly what she meant at the time.