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The Washington Post

Heather Boushey, a liberal economist who has discussed policy informally with Clinton, and who runs the Washington Center for Equitable Growth think tank, argues that it is not politically wise to play down the need for economic growth.

“If you don’t grow, then you really have to just take from someone and give it to somebody else. That’s a tough place to start,” she said. “You’re setting yourself up for some tough conversations that go not just against politics, but also human nature.”

This is the talking point, Bernie does not understand the need for growth.

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

“If you don’t grow, then you really have to just take from someone and give it to somebody else. That’s a tough place to start,” she said. “You’re setting yourself up for some tough conversations that go not just against politics, but also human nature.”

That is just so fundamentally wrong; I don't even know where to start. There is no context and a statement like that needs far more information and context; god's be good...

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Submitted by blues on

Nobody expects any "growth." Ain't gonna happen.

Hillary is constructed by the billionaires. The total neoliberal austerity package. Plus, of course WW-III.

I will not vote for a Bush, a Clinton, or a Sanders (the war-hog).

I would actually vote for Donald Trump. He must realize that WW-III would be very bad for business.

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Submitted by blues on

We have voting machines, and lack a simple form of score voting. So, we only get to vote for corrupt parties, not actual candidates, since there is some form of spoiler effect.

Not my fault. Get simple score or deal with the spoiler effect. Those are the real choices.

WW-III is not a problem for you?

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Submitted by claud_alexander on

Thanks for flagging this. Great catch and I think you're right: this will be the line of attack.

This "Equitable Growth" think-tank a John Podesta joint, and has at least one high Larry Summers Treasury person in the blogger Brad Delong. Will see if at some point I can't look up its other people.

Submitted by lambert on
$ grep -E -o ".{0,30}rowth.{0,30}" clinton.txt
 1 I believe we have to build a growth and fairness economy. You can
 2  new businesses without more growth, and we can’t build strong fa
 3  We must drive steady income growth that lifts up families, and l
 4  and not some just arbitrary growth targets untethered to people’
 5 ricans, an agenda for strong growth, fair growth and long-term gr
 6 Let me begin with strong growth. More growth means more jobs 
 7 but another engine of strong growth should be comprehensive immig
 8 her key ingredient of strong growth that often goes overlooked an
 9 an $3.5 trillion in economic growth. But that progress has stalle
10 care is not a luxury. It’s a growth strategy. And it’s way past t
11  our competitiveness and our growth. And we can do this in a way 
12 Now beyond strong growth, we also need fair growth and
13 market have reminded us that growth here at home and growth an oc
14 f they don’t. To create fair growth, we need to create opportunit
15 ry’s prosperity, that’s fair growth. It’s what I’ve always believ
16  of income, alongside strong growth and fair growth, must be long
17 -term growth. Too many pressures in our ec
18  on the sources of long-term growth: research and development, ph
19  Duffy. Of course, long-term growth is only possible if the publi
20 id out here today for strong growth, fair growth and long-term gr
21 sterday, an America built on growth and fairness, an America wher