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Experts say Clinton’s economic plan is right to grow the economy

The GOP’s attacks fall flat. Analysts, experts and columnists have praised Clinton’s vision for raising wages and creating good jobs:

  • Joseph Stiglitz: “Hillary Clinton began to offer the kind of comprehensive approach we need to tackle the enormous economic challenges we face.”
  • Paul Krugman: “In fact, Mrs. Clinton’s speech reflected major changes, deeply grounded in evidence, in our understanding of what determines wages.”
  • Warren Buffett: Clinton “will make sure that those people who are having to work two jobs to barely get by will not have that kind of world for themselves and their children moving forward.”
  • J. Dionne: “Hillaryeconomics is a wager that voters across racial and ethnic lines, very much including members of the white working class, want a raise and better benefits. And it's a sharp challenge to Republicans. To be competitive in 2016, the GOP needs to make a plausible counter offer. It's the bidding war an economy mired in inequality and stalled mobility needs — and it's one Clinton thinks she can win.”
  • Alan Krueger, on her infrastructure plan: “This plan is a win-win. In the short-term it will create more middle-class jobs and in the long-term it will raise productivity, improve our competitiveness, and raise pay.”
  • Heather Boushey: Clinton is “laying out an agenda that looks at what inequality means for families up and down the income distribution, what we can do to fix it, and it's really exciting to see a politician take up a very serious set of research ideas and bring them into the public debate.”
  • S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce CEO Margot Dorfman: “For our detailed review, one candidate — Hillary Clinton — stands head and shoulders above the rest. The election of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States will unleash the economic power of women and forge a bold new potential for every woman in America.”
  • Alan Blinder: “Hillary will dispute the notion that the only thing we need to care about is getting the economy growing faster. It's not just that the pie gets bigger, but how that pie is shared.”
  • Laura Tyson: “It is time to take action to promote stronger and more equitable growth. Clinton’s profit-sharing proposal is a promising step in the right direction.”
  • Albert Hunt: “There’s a lot of real meat elsewhere. No one has offered a more comprehensive proposal to deal with the crushing debt imposed on many families by the costs of college. The same holds for her proposals to establish a sliding-scale capital gains tax rate, her focus on longer-term economics, and initiatives to give financial regulators more powers and to impose a ‘risk fee’ on big banks.”
  • Austan Goolsbee on her infrastructure plan: “Hillary Clinton’s plan to substantially expand U.S. infrastructure investments would modernize America’s economic backbone and create a foundation for long-term economic success. It’s important. It helps raise incomes for middle- and working-class Americans, saves consumer money with cheaper products and fewer auto repairs and opens access to job opportunities and shorter commute times. It’s a key part of a serious economic growth strategy and a stark contrast to the Republican candidates who keep recycling the discredited idea that tax cuts for the wealthy will fix our problems and make us grow.”
  • FiveThirtyEight: “There was a single thread running through Hillary Clinton’s big economics speech on Monday: the importance of raising wages for working Americans.”
  • Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton Promises Crackdown On Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies
  • Time (Rana Foroohar): Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Pfizer: The Problem with Tax “Inversion” Deals
  • The Briefing: 19 Key Voices Praising Hillary Clinton’s Economic Vision

And independent fact-checkers have backed Clinton up:

  • Politifact: Hillary Clinton: Recessions more frequent under Republicans than Democrats -- MOSTLY TRUE
  • Politifact: Top 25 hedge fund managers make more than all the kindergarten teachers in America combined -- TRUE
  • Politifact: Clinton spoke out on mortgage issues as early as 2006 “before it had ripened into a crisis.” -- TRUE
  • Politifact: Clinton says she called for Wall Street regulations early in the crisis -- TRUE

See more on Clinton’s economic vision here.