7 thoughts on “Bill Clinton, My Favorite Republican.

  1. PM says:

    I think the problem is simple–it is the economy. People want change (from the current recession), and that means change from those in power (and, toss in the fact that no one in the US is ever too comfortable with one party controlling both branches of government).

    This is a bad situation for the Republican Party because it means that they will be successful because of the circumstances, not because of anything that they might do or say–really, despite anything they might do or say. Institutionally, every single facet of the republican party will come away from the upcoming elections claiming victory because of their favorite issue–tax cuts for the rich, reducing the deficits, opposing a Kenyan President, anti-gay rights, whatever. The result will be an incoherent party–which will be quite a different thing than republicans are used to–traditionally, they are the far more tightly disciplined party.

    Needless to say, I think that it will be fun to watch–although I do despair about the lack of sanity, and the resulting negative impact on our country.

    Anyone want to organize a bus to DC for October 30th to go to the Jon Stewart Rally?

    (btw, i am thinking about organizing a group of I Pad owners to get everyone to download digital copies of the Koran and then threaten a mass deletion if we are ever attacked again by Islamic terrorists–what do you think? So far my biggest hurdle is that I don’t own an I Pad. Would any of you be willing to lend me yours?)

  2. 108 says:

    The Slate piece is very meaty.

    BTW, Noah documents a scholarly inability to tie inequality to the Reagan tax cuts, and cites Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman.

    How do you rectify the dissonance that creates? Call DeLong and Krugman dumb? Assume they were bought off by Halliburton / Dick Armey / the college Republicans? Just not read those parts? Refer to whatever memo comes down? What?

  3. Mike Kennedy says:

    Numerous books have been written that address this subject from Alan Reynolds and Thomas Sowell to Paul Krugman and even Alan Greenspan.

    Much of the ground that Noah attempts to cover has already been plowed. Is there inequality? Yes. Is it frightening when you look at it and include transfer payments (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit)?

    Not so much. It is much less unequal and has been largely unchanged since the 1980s, factoring those programs in.

    Yes, even the 80s were higher compared with the 1940s to the 1960s, but nowhere nearly as unequal as the turn of the last century.

    Furthermore, consumption inequality is much less than income and has been decreasing — which goes to the point that people with lower incomes are buying and enjoying more that at any time in history.

    I, for one, want everyone to be rich. Being practical and knowing that scarcity is a fact of life, I’m willing to settle for trying to get the playing field level to the point where all have the opportunity to get there.

    Part of the problem with the left is that it sees everything as a zero-sum game — always a winner at the expense of a lose — a belief, which, pardon me, I find hysterical.

    I agree with PM. But I also believe that prospects for the Dems would be a whole lot brighter if some of their programs were working more effectively. Lacking that, the Republicans will win the same way the Democrats have come to power — one is not the other. All that said, there are some real cracked bricks in the Republican foundation — Christine whatshername is a real winner (God forbid she might have Irish heritage).

    Anywho, twas ever thus. It was what lost elections for Ford, Carter, Bush One and quite possibly Obama. BTW, PM, our bet is still on, I assume. I am now favoring Surly out of Minnesota’s own brewery in Brooklyn Center.

    1. PM says:

      FYI: regarding a serious subject: i now have a new favorite, although very similar to Surley Furious: O’Dell’s IPA, out of Fort Collins, CO. Same huge hops head, but even more floral, maybe more refined.

      1. Mike Kennedy says:

        I had a Furious or two downtown last night — along with a sample of Bitter Brewer — liked em both and IPA is next on my list of beer hunting excursions. Thanks for the review.

  4. Joe Loveland says:

    I always thought Clinton was an average President, the best of the lousiest and the lousiest of the best. So Maddow got it right this time — the best Republican President ever.

    Political satirist Bill Maher gave us one of the sharpest snapshot of our times recently when he observed:

    “The polls say we will be throwing the Democrats out in November and bringing back the Republicans… Which is like hearing the words Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein and then saying, “I’ll Take Frankenstein”…

    I mean, Abbot and Costello aren’t the greatest musuem guards in the world, but they’re better than a murderous monster made out of pieces of the dead”

  5. Mike Kennedy says:

    Leave it to ultra lefty Maher to conjugate Republicans, Frankenstein and murderer all in the same fable — the left’s version of Ann Coulter, without the slinky dress and……. brains.

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