On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton penned an op-ed article for The New York Times to outline her anti-poverty plan. While discussing the facets of her plan, which includes raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing equal pay for women, the Democratic presidential nominee snuck in a swipe at Donald Trump’s tax breaks for the rich. Clinton also commended the work the American people and President Obama have done over the past few years to help repair the economy, but she said there is still more work to do. The primary goal for her anti-poverty plan is to create a better environment for future generations:
“The true measure of any society is how we take care of our children. With all of our country’s resources, no child should ever have to grow up in poverty. Yet every single night, all across America, kids go to sleep hungry or without a place to call home. We have to do better.”
She points out how about 40 percent of Americans between the age of 25 and 60 will at some point experience a year in poverty. Making sure the next generation doesn’t have to go through this seems like a solid viewpoint. She hopes to create more jobs, which she hopes to do as president by working with both Republican and Democrats. Her proposed bipartisan relationship would include expanding Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in high-cost areas, developing high-quality child care and guaranteeing paid leave, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring pay equality for women. Clinton also took on Trump by claiming he categorizes Americans into two groups: winners and losers. She called out his lack of empathy for those that live in poverty, and how his plan would only benefit the rich:
“He divides America into winners and losers. And he doesn’t seem to spend much time worrying about people in poverty. In fact, his economic plans would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans, and would include an estimated $4 billion tax cut for his own family just by eliminating the estate tax.”
Trump continues to give speeches where he only highlights the negative aspects of the country, but Clinton’s taking a more constructive approach. Of course, it remains to be seen whether she can achieve bipartisanship with the Republicans on her plan.
(Via The New York Times)