Hickenlooper is among the handful of presidential candidates tacking to the relative center of a sprawling Democratic field that has shifted dramatically leftward. Still, while many of his competitors have called for a growing role for the government and have sought to harness populism as a driving force of their campaigns, many on the campaign trail have agreed that capitalism works — it just needs work.
Hickenlooper, who has often touted his experience as an businessman stemming from the brewpub he helped start in the 1980s, acknowledged in his editorial that he sees serious flaws in capitalism, issues he contended he could fix if elected president.
“To revitalize capitalism, the government has to ensure that hard work pays,” he argued.
Hickenlooper outlined a number of policies where he believed he could reinvigorate capitalism, including stronger antitrust enforcement, increasing the minimum wage, expanding “fair trade” and capital gains tax reform, priorities also championed by his competitors.
While he dismissed turning health care “entirely over to the government,” as several of his opponents have proposed via Medicare for all-type programs, he also argued for easier access to higher education and career training through a free community college program for those who need it.
“The 2020 election will decide if capitalism flourishes in America. I am a small-business man — and, yes, a capitalist,” he wrote. “But today American capitalism is broken. We have to fix it before it’s too late.”
While Hickenlooper has embraced the capitalist label of late, he was reluctant to take it on in his campaign’s early days, when he pointedly refused to call himself a capitalist during an exchange with MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough. The former governor later staked out his own capitalist positions with a lengthy online statement and told NBC late night host Seth Myers that being called a capitalist to someone calling him a “nerd” in high school.
“Like, it’s maybe not the first label I’d choose,” he joked, “but it would be hard to argue with.”
ANY Democratic presidential candidate will staff his administration with extreme leftists. The federal judiciary, too. Liberals claimed that FDR saved capitalism, but his administration did severe damage to constitutional governance and ultimately, world peace.
Another correctly observed:
To the extent capitalism is in a sorry state, the downfall can be traced to government (mostly democratic) actions, Capitalism needs to be saved from Democrats, not “saved” by them.
Or put in meme: