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Thursday, August 28, 2008

President Clinton Makes His Case Against McCain


Photo Credit: BBC

It’s convention season again. Ho hum.

I usually don’t watch the conventions. I don’t find much substance in them. Most of the speeches are nothing more than ballyhoo, hollow platitudes, and empty promises. That being said, every once in awhile, one can actually glean something useful from a speech.

Such was the case last night, when President Clinton spoke.

Knowing that he was scheduled to speak, I decided to tune in. Despite my philosophical differences with President Clinton, as well as the Democratic Party, I had a feeling that his speech would be worth listening too. He is always an engaging speaker. As such, I decided to lend Mr. Clinton an ear.

Most of his speech, like all convention oratory, was fluff. He didn’t do much to persuade me that Obama is the "man for the job". He told us the Obama is “intelligent” and “curious”. Surely, they are admirable qualities. But sufficient for the Presidency? We were also told that Obama has superior policies on the “economy, taxes, health care, and energy”, but we weren’t told what those policies were.

Then again, convincing me to vote for Obama was not his purpose. He was the attack dog. His mission was to convince us of why we shouldn’t vote for Senator McCain.

He convinced me!

Actually, convinced is not the right word. I probably should have said that President Clinton reaffirmed my convictions. I wasn’t planning on voting for McCain anyway.

Fluff aside, there was one shinning moment in Clinton’s speech, not including the revelation that he is in love with Joe Biden. It came in the latter half of his speech, when he put the spotlight on what the Republicans have to show for the last 8 years in the White House. President Clinton stated:


American workers have given us consistently rising productivity. They've worked harder and produced more. What did they get in return? Declining wages, less than ¼ as many new jobs as in the previous eight years, smaller health care and pension benefits, rising poverty and the biggest increase in income inequality since the 1920s. American families by the millions are struggling with soaring health care costs and declining coverage. I will never forget the parents of children…who told me…that they couldn't afford health care and couldn't qualify their kids for Medicaid unless they quit work or got a divorce. Are these the family values the Republicans are so proud of? What about the military families pushed to the breaking point by unprecedented multiple deployments? What about the assault on science and the defense of torture? What about the war on unions and the unlimited favors for the well connected? What about Katrina and cronyism?


Clinton then took a short interlude and told us what a great guy Senator McCain is, before telling us he is not that great, and we shouldn’t vote for him. He then continued on his diatribe against the Republicans, stating:


[The Republicans] took us from record surpluses to an exploding national debt; from over 22 million new jobs down to 5 million; from an increase in working family incomes of $7,500 to a decline of more than $2,000; from almost 8 million Americans moving out of poverty to more than 5 and a half million falling into poverty - and millions more losing their health insurance.


Then more fluff….

I think President Clinton summed-up the immense mountain of problems that the next president will inherit. Knowing that many (but not all) of these problems were the result of Bush’s failed policies, combined with the fact that McCain is offering more of the same, is enough to convince me to vote for someone else.

But not enough to vote for Obama!

His policies are the same, only different. We are being offered a false choice between two candidates whose main interest is gaining power for their party. It's a reflection of the sad state of political affairs in this country. Both parties have their hands in the pockets of corporate America. Both are enslaved to the lobbyists and special interest groups that finance their campaigns and line their pockets. The average citizen is left out in the cold. When you boil it all down, it doesn't make much difference whom one votes for. The results will be the same, only the means will be different.

There is really not much to look forward to in November. No real hope for change.

Is Spongebob running?

2 Comments:

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Xi said...

Hi, Joe,

Where are you drifting to? You are no longer with PSU. What are you up to?

drop me a line.
Sheila

 
At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joe talked to shelia last night, great to hear from her. She told me that you are not at penn state so what going on man

Pete

pdowd@wisc.edu

 

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