Paul Krugman Divulges the Part of This Campaign That Isn't Being Covered - And It's a Whopper
Paul Krugman digs into the teeny tiny difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Monday's column. It's a little thing called actual ideas and plans. Oh, okay, to be fair, deporting 11 million and depriving 20 million Americans of healthcare are technically ideas. So, more to the point, one candidate has ideas to help actual Americans, the other just doesn't. And as Krugman points out, the pundits, as is their wont, demand the contenders come up with "innovative policies" only to pretty much ignore them when they do. "Remember the extensive coverage last month, when Hillary Clinton laid out an ambitious mental health agenda?" the columinst writes. "Neither do I."
In keeping with the demand for ideas, Krugman performs the public service of explaining some of Clinton's:
Much of her policy agenda could be characterized as a third Obama term, building on the center-left policies of the past eight years. That would hardly be a trivial matter. For example, independent estimates suggest that her proposed enhancements to the Affordable Care Act would extend health coverage to around 10 million more people, whereas Donald Trump’s proposed repeal of the act would cause around 20 million people to lose coverage.
In addition to defending and extending President Obama’s achievements, however, Mrs. Clinton is pushing a distinctive agenda centered around support for working parents. This isn’t a completely new idea, but the scale of the Clinton proposals is off the charts compared with anything that has gone before. And as I said, this tells us a lot about her priorities.
One piece of that agenda involves 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for new children, help sick relatives, or recover from illness or injury. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Mr. Trump, who has offered his own threadbare version of a maternal leave plan, was pants-on-fire lying when he claimed that his opponent has no such plan. Are you surprised?
There are more pro-family and help for working parents proposals coming out of the Clinton camp, including subsidies and tax credits to help keep the cost of child care down. What seems to back up the sincerity of those plans is Clinton's long track record of working on such issues, and her choice of advisers. One in particular impresses Krugman. She is "Heather Boushey, a leading expert on work-life balance issues," who has been chosen as chief economist for the Clinton transition team. "That tells me a lot about priorities," Krugman writes.
What it all seems to point to is that the Democratic candidate is the one focused on actual problems of actual people, the real America if you will. Working parents are the norm, folks. Working mothers, too. That is the reality. The numbers don't lie, per Krugman. Nowadays, 64 percent of women with children under 6 work, compared with 39 percent in 1975.
And no, the free unregulated market cannot be trusted to take care of children.