“ONE OF THE BEST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS THIS COUNTRY’S EVER HAD”
May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s quotes like that, in reference to Bill Clinton, that make Michael Moore one of my heroes. The quote comes from his book Stupid White Men, essential reading for all who call themselves progressives.
I bring it up today in response to a remark I heard in a clip featured on tonight’s Rachel Maddow Show showing Clinton talking to Paul Ryan today at a political event. The comment was recorded presumably without Clinton’s knowledge and affirms again what anyone who follows the US political system should already know: that it’s basically one corporate political monster with two heads. After shaking his hand and telling him that it’s “good to see you”, Clinton then said this to the Republican congressman and author of the kill-Medicare-but-give-the-rich-more-tax-breaks plan:
“I’m glad we won this race in New York, but I hope the democrats don’t use it as an excuse to do nothing on Medicare.”
When did it become improper to have political enemies in this country? Why must Barack Obama say he is a “friend” to big business? Why should Bill Clinton, who probably still deludes himself into thinking he’s a liberal/progressive, even shake Paul Ryan’s hand, let alone cozy up to him and, in illicit ways, basically declare himself to be in some kind of ideological ally?
Unless, of course, Bill Clinton actually is more ideologically aligned with the super-rich corporate elite than he is with the poor and working classes.
But we knew that already, didn’t we?
Democrats do need to do something about Medicare. They need to give it more funding, not less, if in fact you believe that the health of our citizens is more important than, say, ensuring permanent war and permanent profit for offense (not defense) contractors.
Next time you hear a supposed “liberal” talk about how great Bill Clinton is, tell them that he’s a friend of Paul Ryan, and is worried that the Democrats aren’t going to help Ryan “fix” Medicare. ‘Fix’ in the Tony Soprano sense of the word, that is.