from The Clinton Plan’s Growth Deficit by John Cochrane in The Wall Street Journal
Her speech Thursday at least identifies the problem: “Powerful special interests and the tendency to put ideology ahead of political progress have led to gridlock in Congress.” To counter this, she offers “hard but respectful bargaining,” and “leadership that rises above personal attacks.”
For a candidate with such vaunted political experience, that plan seems surprisingly naive. It invites obvious jokes: Yes, you and your party also know something about “special interests,” “ideology,” “gridlock” and “personal attacks,” don’t you—as in the rest of this speech. Why should voters expect that to change?
If Mrs. Clinton is elected president, this plan will lead to a chaotic first year. Her administration will unleash a flurry of proposals. Congress will block most. Executive orders and administrative rules will follow, many of which will end up in court. Economic growth will continue to sputter.
Mrs. Clinton: Please don’t do it. Find a few simple governing principles. Listen to your opponents. Fix the structure of government. Ask why things are broken, despite good people’s best efforts. Spend a little time cleaning up old programs too.