In a speech at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) unveiled what she called her plan to restore Americans’ confidence in their government. “This is a plan to enhance accountability and transparency and make government more efficient and effective for taxpayers,” Clinton said. “To restore competence and end the culture of cronyism. To replace secrecy and mystery with transparency. A plan to make our government work for all Americans again.”

Among the 10 points in the plan, Mrs. Clinton would ban cabinet officials from lobbying her administration, and increase whistleblower protections, which would help make it easier to uncover fraud. Clinton does have a couple of ideas that I agree with. She proposes to end the practice handing out government work through the use of no bid contracts. She also wants to post all contracts and agency budgets on line. Even if most people will never look at it, I think that it is important for the American people to have the ability to look at where their tax dollars are going. “When I’m President, the entrance to the White House will no longer be a revolving door for just the well-connected — but a door of opportunity for the well-qualified,” Clinton said.

Clinton also said that her administration could save the taxpayers $10-$18 billion per year by cutting a half a million government contracts. She also said that her administration would track and eliminate unnecessary corporate subsidies through the creation of a new agency that would evaluate corporate welfare. Hillary Clinton has some really good, all be it, general ideas here. The problem for her is that there really is nothing special about any of this. Any of the Democratic candidates could make these same proposals.

Except for her name, Hillary has yet to unveil anything that would make me think of her as more than a mediocre Democratic candidate. As I wrote earlier, her ideas aren’t bad, there is just nothing new about them. They seem like something Bill Clinton would have said in the 1990s. It is my opinion that government reform starts at the top with the person in the Oval Office. Ten point plans are nice, but a president establishes a culture of honesty and transparency through their actions. I still think the major personal questions Hillary Clinton will have to face during the campaign are ethical ones. Her entire fate may come down to whether the American people feel like they can trust her, because ten point plans don’t inspire trust, people do.

Press release on the Hillary Clinton government reform plan

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics

Jason can also be heard every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse blog radio

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