Tag: Bill Clinton
When he took the podium, President Clinton told the audience that one party, the Republican, is driven by a sense of opposition and conflict that arouses intense emotion in its followers but just compounds problems by refusing to see any reality but its own, while the other, the Democratic, believes that only by cooperation and compromise will our serious problems be solved.
I personally was struck by the fact that former State Senator Brandon Bell, a Republican, took the stage to explain why he was endorsing Terry McAuliffe for governor. (Bell once represented the senate district I live in.) Bell noted that he sat near Ken Coccinelli in the State Senate and knows exactly what motivates Cooch. Cuccinelli, Bell said, only wants what will advance his career or what fits his extremist ideology. He is incapable of putting the interests of Virginia above his own extremist views or his own self-interest.
While Republicans, along with some Blue Dog Dems, such as Cory Booker and Bill Clinton, consider Mitt Romney's means of "making a living" beyond discussion, Prof. Robert Reich shows just how wrong they are -- and how out of touch. Yep, even Bill, feel-your-pain Clinton is out of touch. He doesn't get why we would criticize Mitt and his buddies who earn their money through private equities. Duh! It's the mess left for the 99% to clean up, stupid. (Wasn't it Clinton's team who said it's the economy, stupid?) Sometimes it is hard not to like him. Other times you just want to say, why don't you just stay out of it. He's not helping.
So here is my test: Disregard whether it is legal. Can you watch this video and not get what is wrong with the way Mitt Romney earns his living? If you get it, you have your head screwed on straight and your interests focused on 99%.
No, I do not always expect everyone to agree with me. But this is so fundamental. You either support a reasonably fair and balanced system or you support a predatory one which exploits the 99%. And you can steward the 99% while striving to be fair to corporations. But if all you care about is exploiting tax law to pile up capital while savaging companies, leaving the taxpayer to pick up the mess, and then railing about "Big Government," then to heck with you. You are harming America. Along with way you are harming our party's chances in 2008. Sorry to my friends who think that, outside of his marriage, Bill can do no wrong. Sorry also, my GOP friends. But you are not thinking. You are still repeating "Reaganesque" aphorisms in your head, which even he did not believe in.