Let's be honest about it. A Clinton Administration will be nothing new, it will not be bold, not be daring, it will be just be the same old neoliberalism that we know from ye Old Clinton years. There will be no real change to Wall Street. Let's name all the no changes we know will happen during a Hillary Clinton administration.
No new changes to Wall Street.
No new changes to health care reform.
No new changes to education (Getting Rid Of No Child Left Behind)
No new changes to student loan reform.
No new changes to maternity leave.
At best, a Clinton administration keeps the course steady. That's the least we can ask for, but that's not at all inspiring. That's not what gets the base out to vote. It's not what we want the Democratic Party to be. That doesn't answer what Americans want to be addressed on their base issues:
Paid Sick Leave
Student Loan Reform (Make student loans less, and college aid more available)
Homeownership to remain affordable
Increasing base wealth for middle class
Stable commodities (what people see at the grocery store)
College being actually affordable for their kids
Retirement Security (That means keeping Social Security solvent)
Health Care (That means actual health care access, and less subsidies, more actual health care available to everyone for at a basic price)
We all know that Hillary Clinton will keep the course. That alone isn't enough to get people to turn out to vote for her in droves to beat the Republican challenger. Let me tell you, the conservatives WILL get out in drove for Jeb Bush because they hate Hillary Clinton that much. However, us? We won't get out that much for Hillary if she doesn't inspire us, and get us to see a brighter future. I'm not just talking about the Democratic base, but the entire American populace.
We've seen our wealth vaporate during the Great Recession. We've seen tuition go up drastically putting our children in massive amounts of debt that we never wanted them to be in, but a college degree is the only thing that gets you a somewhat decent job these days. And health care.....still no real cost controls on health care. The insurance companies get the subsidies, and they still can increase their premiums. It would be far better for us to have a single price for health care, and for health care providers to know actually what they can get in reimbursements for their services. Each health care provider should be paid a flat wage that is commensurate to their specialty level, and in accordance with a 4% bump in salary each year.
Hillary Clinton is not likely to really bring about transformative change to the system. At best, she will keep the course, and make sure if Ruth Ginsberg steps down, there is someone to replace her.
And with that in mind ---- that actually doesn't get the majority of the American populace to actually vote enthusiastically for her.
There are drawbacks to a Clinton candidacy, and positives to one also. I would just like to see more boldness of her. A more repudiation of the money that feeds her, and more independence.
Of course that's more likely to happen in her second term with nothing to lose. However, I would like to see a flash of that now.
Otherwise I'm O'Malley or Warren all the way.