No Surprises: Clinton Tacks Left in DNC Speech

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination Thursday night in a sweeping speech in which she promised to be a president for all Americans and presented a liberal agenda influenced by the ideas of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

Clinton also painted her Republican rival, Donald Trump, as a hotheaded, divisive figure who cannot be trusted as commander in chief.

“He wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” Clinton said of Trump. “Well, a great Democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 years ago, during a much more perilous time: ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’”

The address was the culmination of a convention built to boost Clinton’s low trust and favorability ratings among the American public after a long and bruising Democratic primary. She conceded in the speech that she finds being in the public eye difficult and knows that many people don’t know what to think of her.

“The truth is, through all these years of public service, the ‘service’ part has always come easier to me than the ‘public’ part,” she said. “I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me.” (A delegate shouted, “We love you!”) She then laid out her personal and professional biography, stressing her work helping children and survivors of the 9/11 attacks as a senator. She also drew on her Methodist faith to “do all the good you can.”

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  • CharlieSeattle says:

    THIS ISSUE: Clinton acceptance speech showed the right concerns about American worker maladies . . . but her immigration prescription would prolong the illness

    NumbersUSA Newsletter – FRI, JUL 29th

    A prerequisite for improving worker conditions in our nation’s history has been a tightening of the labor supply. But Clinton proposed the opposite.

    “Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together — and it’s the right thing to do.”

    She was careful to avoid describing what is actually in “comprehensive immigration reform” (CIR). Most voters probably know it is about an amnesty that would allow millions of visa-overstayers and illegal border crossers to remain legally in this country. But the mass media have largely refrained from informing the public that CIR is also about giving the unlawful foreign migrants lifetime work permits allowing employers to legally hire illegal aliens ahead of jobless Americans.

    Even more important for preventing a needed tightening of the labor supply, all CIR bills have proposed massive increases in future legal immigration (with lifetime work permits) and temporary foreign guest worker programs.

    I’m always on high alert when politicians talk about what immigration does for the “economy” and not for Americans. Does adding tens of millions of foreign workers to the country every decade grow the size of the economy? Yes, of course. But does it improve the lives of individual Americans?

    The nation’s premier labor economist, George Borjas of Harvard, has long found that high immigration mainly benefits the immigrants themselves and also moves money out of the pockets of American workers into the pockets of the country’s more affluent.

    Clinton bragged about the increase in jobs during the Obama Administration after the economic collapse of 2008. But around half of the growth in jobs went to foreign-born workers under the immigration policies that Obama continued from the Bush Administration. After nearly 16 years of the high-immigration policies of Bush and Obama, there are now 14 million more U.S.-born Americans NOT working than there were in the year 2000. Yet, Clinton pledges to accelerate the Bush-Obama immigration policies.

    “I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out.”

    Nobody’s talking about kicking out “immigrants.” But it was clear Clinton was talking about illegal migrants. NumbersUSA has never advocated mass round-ups and mass deportations of illegal foreign workers. But moving every single illegal worker out of U.S. jobs would mean millions of non-employed Americans would have a job. That’s how you improve the incomes and social mobility of Americans at the bottom, if your goal is actually to help frustrated Americans rather than to give priority to citizens of other countries.

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