Trillion dollar identity politics might cost the White House

Australian Financial Review - 03-13


Other candidates for the nomination, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker and Julian Castro, followed her in endorsing the concept. One report suggests the Democrat policy could take the form of tax credits, subsidised housing or free college rather than cash payments. But take it from this career politician, such dissembling won't work. The essence of the promise is preferential treatment for one group of low-income Americans defined by race. In any case Castro, former secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, refused to rule out direct money grants. Indeed, he justified them.