The Last Laugh
jbone at deepfile.com
Mon Apr 21 14:22:03 PDT 2003
On Monday, Apr 21, 2003, at 00:24 US/Central, James Rogers wrote:
> On 4/20/03 9:58 PM, "Jeff Bone" <jbone at deepfile.com> wrote:
>> There's something particularly telling in how riled up the GOP got,
>> considering that Clinton accomplished a lot of what these guys had
>> selling for years: balanced budget, welfare reform, decreased size of
>> gov't, etc.
> That's a bit of spin, now isn't it.
Not at all. I say he gets the credit for these things, because unlike
other, less moderate presidents of both stripes he played the
bipartisan game really well to accomplish these very "Republican"
things. Indeed the left elements of his own party were pissed off at
e.g. the welfare reform stuff, and *Bob Dole* was pissed off about the
balanced budget thing because he felt that it should've been a
Republican who achieved that.
The extremist GOP hated Clinton because, in fact, he was the kind of
"Republican" that plays to the crowd in Peoria. They despised him
because he effectively unbundled (many) concerns and allowed moderates
a real leadership voice for the first time in decades.
> It is ironic that he thoroughly trashed
> and defunded one of the few arguably legitimate institutions of the
> government: the military.
The military was too big and grossly wasteful coming out of the Reagan
era. We probably overcorrected, but given the excesses of the 80s (and
the achievement of our goals, i.e. running the Sovs into bankruptcy) it
> In the long run, he'll
> be one of those many unmemorable Presidents that we've had.
Yeah, well, we'll see. It's comments like this, James, that despite
your protestations make it clear that you're the Secret Dittohead in
the group, here. Clinton will be remembered if for no other reason
than he occupied the office during the unprecedented, remarkable 90s.
To believe otherwise betrays some desperate animosity towards the man.
FWIW, I agree about Newt.
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