Sunday, September 18, 2005

Is Bill Clinton the only Dem who can make it simple?

Clinton launches withering attack on Bush on Iraq, Katrina, budget - Yahoo! News

On the US budget, Clinton warned that the federal deficit may be coming untenable, driven by foreign wars, the post-hurricane recovery programme and tax cuts that benefitted just the richest one percent of the US population, himself included.

"What Americans need to understand is that ... every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts," he said.

"We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else."

Clinton added: "We depend on Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Korea primarily to basically loan us money every day of the year to cover my tax cut and these conflicts and Katrina. I don't think it makes any sense."

There it is -- a simple, easy to understand explanation of what even red-state America will agree is a Bad Thing the Bush Administration is doing and will neither admit nor fix.

Mrs. Bluememe was mightily impressed with the intellectual horsepower John Roberts displayed last week. Roberts is indeed as intelligent as he is evasive. But the erudite 3-card monty that worked before the Judiciary Committee would never fly with the general public from a politician. Not that evasiveness is a fatal flaw; it is more like a prerequisite. But Roberts sounded like he was the smartest guy in the room, and more Bubbas remember beating that kid up in school than being him. Which only brought into stark relief the feats regularly accomplished by Slick Willie.

Dumb can only sound dumb; no matter how well his speeches are written, Dubya's native dullness overwhelms them. Smart would seem to have more options, but, to the less-educated ear, usually sounds standoffishly smart; John Kerry's elliptical, convoluted sentences didn't just confuse Bubba, they pissed him off.

Accessible smart seems to be the Holy Grail of politics; it is a combination that has eluded everybody but Bill Clinton. He really is the smartest guy in the room, but his easy, plainspoken style puts Bubba at ease. He is the Raymond Carver of politics: he crafts exquisite, nuanced prose that sounds like ordinary folks talking.

Clinton brought his high heat in his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, which reminded me (and everybody else) how good he was, and how far short Kerry fell. He did it again today. His politics are too centrist and, I guess, too realistic for me. But the Democratic Party needs to take talking points lessons from him, and soon. If they can't argue persuasively in language Joe Sixpack can grok, nothing else they do will much matter.


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7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Clinton is a brillant man...But there are two things about the man that really bothers me: He pushed NAFTA , which has been a disaster for the middle class manufacturing jobs and the unions who have managed to help people earn a LIVING WAGE. Actually we started losing jobs in the Reagan Administration. NAFTA just put the frosting on the cake for corporations. The second thing is more emotional than anything else. The way he lets W use him for relief efforts....although it's a nice idea, all it does is add crediblilty to W. President Rove and Cheney are smart using Clinton, that way Clinton isn't out giving speeches and bringing Democrats together!
W should be imprisoned for high crimes and treason...That sack of crap doesn't deserve any half ass decent person helping him, let alone a prominent Democrat....I'm so sick of seeing (actually not seeing) Democrats act as if the Republicans are right on anything...Republican's whole philosophy is entrenched with making money,no matter who they have to step on to get it, or in the case of Iraq, who has to die for it. How many college Repubs and members of the Bush-Cheney-Rove-Rumsfield famiy do you see in Iraq? The Repubs don't even care that taxes should be proportional...They think that the 'little people' should do all the sacrafising in war and peace...after all if you're not rich, you don't deserve to live.....
This country was founded as a union of states and the spirit of our constitution was to protect each other...W and company's policies are so mean just pisses me off everytime I see a Democrat helping them in ANYWAY...

9:31 PM  
Blogger Don Phelps said...

Bill Clinton should have his ass kicked for even hanging out for anybody named Bush. What the hell is he doing ? Doesn't he realize that his presence is an endorsement of what our demented chimpanzee is doing ? Clinton is a fool and his wife has blood on her hands. Both of them are disgusting. Don Phelps.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Bill, and I hate to do this, but he's incorrect in stating this:

"We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else."

Actually, we STARTED OUT by borrowing HEAVILY from France to finance the Revolutionary War. According to the recent book on Ben Franklin, "A Great Improvisation", we borrowed millions of "livres" (French currency at the time) because we had no real currency of our own.

Perhaps this is being picky, but it's fact. Clinton et al really need to check their facts before making bold statements - that's why no one trusts EITHER party.

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, we were not a Republic. We were British colonies, thus Bill is correct.


5:49 AM  
Anonymous Sandy47 said...

Also, borrowing money from another nation to fund a war for what you saw as your own freedom, is a vastly different thing than borrowing money, the sum of which you will never be able to repay, for an aggressive war of corporate convenience.

Not to mention giving all the profits to the uber-rich.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Did you see anything this weekend about Clinton's Global Initiative. He got world leaders (in NY for the United Nations) together with wealthy and connected people of all persuations to make a commitment to really tackle problems of poverty, climate, religion and government in the world. A vision that requires inclusion of anybody who is willing. You don't get people to work together by attacking them. He's on a different level now. There's plenty of people out there to attack Bush&Co. He's having much more of an impact on real people's lives than he could as just a spokeman for the Democratic party.

8:25 PM  

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