Economy & Budget

Clinton doesn’t get it

Former President Bill Clinton went on the Sunday talk show circus, er, I mean,
circuit yesterday to share his views about the Tea Party movement. According to
Clinton on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” he understands why the group’s views have
caught fire like kerosene near a match — they’re frustrated. They’re
“getting the shaft,” as Clinton so bluntly put it. But he doesn’t get

After less than two years in office and billions cut in blank checks, President
Obama can’t seem to turn the economy around. Instead of pointing the finger of
blame at his own party, Clinton comes up with some twisted excuse that somehow
makes Obama and Democrats the victims. “That the people who caused these
problems,” Clinton said, “the banks that were responsible for the
financial meltdown, they’ve gotten well again. And everybody has got money
again who is in that business, but ordinary people don’t.”
I’m sorry, Mr. President, but the real reason average Americans don’t have that
money is because they don’t have jobs. And for those who do, Uncle Sam
continues to pick their pockets to fund these bloated federal giveaways.
But c’mon, Bill Clinton knows what’s really behind the Tea Party movement. He’s
not dumb. In fact, if ever there was a Democrat more in tune with the
frustrations of average Americans, it would be Slick Willie and his “feel
your pain” style of politics. There’s too much government, and it’s not
improving the lives of anyone, the least of which are “average
Americans.” What’s more is Bill Clinton knows why the economy turned
around on his watch — the dot-com boom. Federal coffers swelled in the
trillions when those capital gains taxes started pouring in from the stock
market. Why can’t we return to those days, President Obama? I believe the
average American would be willing to let Obama remain in office if he just let
the private sector do its job and create some wealth.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Obama should take a lesson
from Clinton in ’94. Following this year’s abysmal election outcome, Obama
needs his own “era of big government is over” speech and then he
needs to scrap it all and start over. It saved Clinton’s presidency, and it
could very well save Obama’s. That’s one lesson Clinton “got.”
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