Skip to comments.Former President Clinton talks Congress, debt and crisis in Cleveland
Posted on 10/17/2013 10:45:54 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Bill Clintons no stranger to Congressional gridlock, partisan warfare, and especially shutdowns.
Disagreements between his administration and House Republicans over budget initiatives including Medicare and public health closed down the federal system in 1995 and 1996, shuttering agencies and laying off thousands of government workers.
So Clinton told the crowd of over 1,200 at Tri-C just how he felt when he flew home from Florida the other night -- and got the news of a budget deal struck between the White House and Capitol Hill:
I was to put it mildly, glad. But the exercise we just went through which is like two that occurred when I was president cost the economy $24 billion, disrupted the lives of large numbers of people, and did more damage I think, than almost any American knows, to the reputation of the United States around the world.
Clinton said the Chinese have been especially critical, even suggesting that the global markets needed to de-Americanize for stabilitys sake.
He said the need for bipartisanship has never been stronger, and took issue with those who would try to score points for partisan gain, no matter the cost,a jab at hard-line conservatives who wanted to tie defunding the Affordable Care Act to the budget negotiations.
Nobodys right all the time, and we need a two-party system, and we need vigorous debates. But our whole system since the Founding Fathers set it up, was in the Constitution, were bound to pay our debts. Thats our responsibility.
At the same time, Clinton avoided taking any hard-line stances himself.
He said Democrats and Republicans could have creative debate, that eventually moves to compromise and therefore a better government -- minus the drama.
We really do need a healthy bipartisan debate. But its very hard to debate if you feel like youve got a gun to your head every day when you show up.
Clinton made his remarks at a $1,000-a-plate luncheon to fund scholarships for the Tri-C system across the Greater Cleveland area.
Old DemocRATS never die. They just smell like they did.
How much money was raised at this $1,000 a plate luncheon, and what was Bill’s cut?
He's also no stranger to philandering, selling his soul to the ChiComs for illegal campaign contributions, using cigars for unintended (I assume) purposes and blatantly pursuing willing interns (and NOW hags) and sometimes not-so-willing employees (Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Juanita Broderick, and more), coverups of murdered former Arkansas Police Employees and Vince Foster, and the theft of official documents by surrogates such as Sandy-the-hamburgler Berger in his socks.
So we care about what this POS thinks somehow?