CLINTONISM is the political and economic policies of
Bill Clinton ,
and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton , as well as the era of his
presidency in the
United States .
Democratic Leadership Council
Democratic Leadership Council , a pro-Democratic Party
establishment, argues that
Clintonism "stands for economic growth and
opportunity; for fiscal responsibility; for work, not welfare; for
preventing crime and punishing criminals; and for non-bureaucratic,
empowering government" and further says that these policies are key to
the successes in the beginning of the 21st century.
On the other hand, some critics of Clinton associate
"coddling big money (except guns and tobacco), financial scandals,
winning at any cost, flip-flopping and prevaricating".
* 1 Characteristics
* 2 See also
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Clintonism refers to the political faction of the United States
Democratic Party centered on former President
Bill Clinton and his
wife, former First Lady ,
U.S. Senator , U.S. Secretary of State and
2016 Democratic Nominee , Hillary Rodham Clinton, both in their times
in office and subsequently. This faction is also thought to include
Sidney Blumenthal ,
Democratic National Committee
Democratic National Committee Chairman
Steven Grossman ,
New Mexico Governor
Bill Richardson , U.S. Secretary
of Housing and Urban Development
Henry Cisneros , Treasury Department
Robert Rubin , and Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright .
While the primary qualification is being aligned with or part of the
web of political and donor connections associated with the Clintons,
the ideology of the faction can be said in broad outline to favor
Free trade :
Bill Clinton supported and worked to pass the North
American Free Trade Agreement and create the World Trade Organization
Free trade was an essential component of his economic policy .
Balanced budget :
Clintonism is associated with restraining the
growth of federal spending, in order to allow lower interest rates and
freer monetary policy .
* Greater willingness to use and fund the military and show up a
willingness to compromise on social issues such as abortion and LGBT
* Reform or reduction of some government programs , exemplified by
the ending of
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
Aid to Families with Dependent Children as part of
welfare reform .
* Internationalism , particularly the expansion of North Atlantic
Treaty Organization .
The ideology is sometimes thought of as part of the
Third Way , a
brand of politics that is said to include (at the time or since) Prime
Tony Blair 's New Labour in the
United Kingdom , the Liberal
Canada , and the Social Democratic Party in
Gerhard Schröder .
* Political positions of
* ^ "
Clintonism Lives", Blueprint , January 18, 2002.
* ^ "Democrats Suffer From a Bad Case of Clintonism", Los Angeles
Times , April 9,