Senator, you are no Maggie Thatcher
Stephen Bainbridge reports on Hillary's positioning as a Thatcher
HILLARY CLINTON is to be presented as America’s Margaret Thatcher as she tries to become the first woman to win the White House. As she entered the 2008 presidential race yesterday, a senior adviser said that her campaign would emphasise security, defence and personal strengths reminiscent of the Iron Lady.
“Their policies are totally different but they are both perceived as very tough,” said Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s campaign chairman.
You bet their policies are different. Hillary Clinton favors paternalistic big government. As laid out by OnTheIssues.org, her education policy might as well have been drafted by the teachers unions: Testing only for new teachers. No vouchers. Limited parental choice. Opposes tort reform. Federalize health care. Rated 82% positive by the NEA and 85% by the AFL-CIO. Rated a "big spender" by NTU. Anyway, let's go to the record. When you compare key quotations side-by-side, it becomes clear that Lady Thatcher was all about liberty and prosperity, while Hillary is all about unions, big government, and high taxes and spending.
|Thatcher Quotes||Clinton Quotes|
|There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.||We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.|
|People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top||Throughout the 1980’s, we did hear too much about individual gain and the ethos of selfishness and greed.|
|I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.||I'm not some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette|
|No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions—he had money as well.||We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.|
|If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.||Children’s lives are not shaped solely by their families or immediate surroundings at large. That is why we must avoid the false dichotomy that says only government or only family is responsible. . . . Personal values and national policies must both play a role.|
Given a choice, I'd go with Lady Thatcher all the way down the line. When Thatcher said of Ronald Reagan that "Others saw only limits to growth; he transformed a stagnant economy into an engine of opportunity," the others of whom she spoke surely included Clinton. While Thatcher said of Reagan that he "loved America and what it stands for - freedom and opportunity for ordinary people," it will be said of Clinton that she loved government and believed in a zero-sum world in which paternaliztic handouts are more important than providing opportunity for individual success.