As we go into the New Year mesmerized by Donald Trump and
his politically incorrect rants, it’s worth noting that among all the
candidates in both parties, the one with the best odds of becoming the next
president is Hillary Clinton. With the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, don’t you
think it’s time we paid attention to the multitude of policies, proposals and
programs she has rolled out over the last seven months?
They may not lead the nightly news or go viral on social
media, but they are breaking through with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
There are two-dozen in all, fleshed out with fact sheets according to a tally
provided by the Clinton campaign, and they range from national security to
quality of life issues.
It’s a liberal’s wish list, but the problems Clinton
tackles are universal, and there’s something for conservatives too in taking on
student debt, lowering the price of prescription drugs, providing a tax credit
for care giving, and, in the midst of the holidays, announcing an ambitious $2
billion plan to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2025.
If you hate government, and think it’s too intrusive, Clinton’s
probably not your candidate. But if you’re caring for one of the 5 million
Alzheimer’s sufferers in the country, or you or someone you know has been
affected by the disease in some way, then you’re with Newt Gingrich, who
tweeted his approval of the Clinton plan.
Or if your family or someone you know has been affected by
addiction, Clinton was the first of the candidates in either party to realize
how big a problem heroin and prescription drug abuse has become in New
Hampshire, claiming so many young lives.
The Clinton campaign has released two new ads related to
Alzheimer’s, one about a New Hampshire librarian who cares for his 84-year-old
mother and must take her to work with him because he can’t afford day care. The
other features an Iowa woman, mother of five, whose husband passed away in May
at age 53, after suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. In the ad,
Clinton is visibly moved as she embraces the woman, then says she spoke with
the four leading researchers “who are untangling the neurodegenerative
diseases” and their excitement about more money for research as opposed to
“some additional military asset,” Clinton says. “Just think of the lives it
In an election cycle that has been anything but
conventional, Clinton is running a textbook campaign, methodically laying out
her proposals from what she would do about ISIS and terrorism, down to her
views on GMO’s (genetically modified organisms in our food). Clinton was asked about
GMO’s at a recent Baltimore fundraiser.
It’s almost comical how prepared Clinton is, especially when
compared to Trump, who offers very little in the way of conventional
policies. “She has a different electorate than he does,” says Matt Bennett
with Third Way, a centrist Democratic group. While the Republicans are
focused on style and rhetoric, the race between Clinton and Sanders is much
more substantive, “and she’s got to make clear what she stands for. And because
she is the favorite to become president, she is acting like a president.”
he campaign isn’t about Trump’s latest volley, says Bennett, “It’s
about the lives of the voters who wake up in the middle of the night worrying.
Some of them have all three stressors [college debt, addiction, Alzheimer’s]
and almost everyone has one at least or knows someone with one, it’s a very