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October 16, 2012

Bill Clinton Has One Last Golden Opportunity to Screw America

You might think Bill Clinton had already done enough for this country. After all, he provided al Qaeda's motivation for 9/11 by keeping U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, strangling Iraq, and supporting the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. He teed up the Iraq war for George Bush by taking constantly about Saddam's terrifying WMD and signing the Iraq Liberation Act. He deregulated Wall Street, setting the stage for a worldwide economic collapse. And he hollowed out the Democratic party and U.S. left so thoroughly that there was essentially no resistance to Bush.

But some people feel he still has more to give. This is from a long New York Magazine article about Clinton and Obama:

Joel Johnson [a top Clinton aide during his administration and now a D.C. lobbyist] believes Clinton could help Obama (assuming he wins) with a renewed pursuit of a grand bargain on entitlements and taxes as Washington grapples right after the election with the so-called fiscal cliff. “It’s no secret that Obama was ready to go pretty far out on entitlement reform with Boehner,” says Johnson. “Who better to be a thought leader about that process than Clinton? In terms of making some of the hard decisions that Democrats are gonna have to make, and being able to talk about the beauty of a budget deal and what it can do for the economy. So I actually think he will have a postelection role in that intense period. The same credibility that he demonstrated in the convention speech can be applied to the legislative crisis that we’re going to be in in the next six to eight months.”

The idea of Clinton doing just that, or assisting his wife on her way to the White House, is appealing on a multitude of levels...

Would Clinton want to do this? Of course he would. You may remember his chummy discussion with Paul Ryan about cutting Medicare. And he was eager to work with Newt Gingrich to privatize Social Security until the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. He'd be chomping at the bit to fly one last mission.

— Jon Schwarz

Posted at October 16, 2012 02:35 PM

Will Congress, and by inference ALL of America, spit or swallow?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 16, 2012 05:05 PM


Posted by: Susan at October 16, 2012 07:28 PM

Clinton recently recommended Libya open themselves up to Wal-Mart at the same time Obama called for stiff tariffs on solar panel imports. Although I should be looking forward, not backward, Clinton also quoted this insane idea that powerful strangers are working in your interest without your knowledge of it. This was from a book, he said, called the "the theory of everything," and maybe gives some context to the Orwellian phrase "thought leader."

As Fred once said to Barney, nothing like a pure white filter on your Winston.

Posted by: Lewis at October 17, 2012 05:54 AM

dont forget welfare reform

Posted by: frankenduf at October 17, 2012 09:03 AM

George Carlin: It's a big club, and you're not in it....They want your social security, and they'll get it too.

Posted by: Freddy el Desfibradddor at October 17, 2012 09:42 AM

SAVE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY, call John Boehner @ 1-202-225-0600, voice YOUR concerns. Neither candidate will will fight for the benefits for which YOU PAID.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 17, 2012 11:05 AM

Clinton is awful, of course.

Even so, there is very little *there* there in those comments with Ryan.

Not saying I am optimistic about what would devolve from Clinton involvement as per Joel Johnson & NY Magazines fond wishes...

It would surely be a debacle for the American people...

But the TPM link really is a thin gruel in support of the (nevertheless almost certainly correct) idea that Clinton would love to murder SS and Medicaid, er I mean "tackle entitlement reform."

Posted by: Ear at October 18, 2012 07:25 AM

Not to be the last(and I believe I won't be), I also would like to THANK YOU for "Bill Clinton Has Another Chance To Screw America". AND I'd like to THANK BILL for the best damn screwing of America(me included)(Glass- Stiegel) WE evah had. Personally I look forward with anticipation to OUR next encounter as WE ain't been fucked enough it seems. THAT Bill---that ole dog will hump anything that's still breathing.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 22, 2012 01:07 PM