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Bill Clinton’s ironic Tea Party rant

Ironic in the sense that he ends up doing exactly what he condemns in the same speech.  Luckily I’m able to do what he claims doesn’t happen.  If you’re confused, read on.

First the condemnation:

You can stand up and say anything and nobody rings a bell if the facts are wrong. There’s no bell ringing. It’s crazy, we’re living in a time when it’s more important than ever to know things. And not just to know facts but to put them in a coherent. sensible pattern. And we live in a time, if you just want to talk about the economy, where the model that works for economic growth and prosperity is cooperation. But the model that works in politics is conflict.

Well actually, Bill, there’s a lot of bell ringing, you just have to get out of the cocoon, get on-line and find it.  For instance, I’m about to ring the bell on you.

You know, there’s not a single solitary example on the planet, not one, of a country that is successful because the economy has triumphed over the government and choked it off and driven the tax rates to zero, driven the regulations to nonexistent and abolished all government programs, except for defense, so people in my income group never have to pay a nickel to see a cow jump over the moon. There is no example of a successful country that looks like that.

Bell ring one:  There is indeed an example of what the Tea Party wants to be found embodied in a country – at least temporarily.  We live in it. Clinton and his ilk have done everything in their power to kill that model and finally those who happen to like it are fighting back.  His reaction?  To “stand up and say anything” even when “the facts are wrong”.  Well, he’s wrong (don’t you love it when the left tries to redefine something – now what our founders wanted is supposedly what we have now.  Really?).

Bell ring two:  The Tea Party doesn’t preach anarchy.  It talks about sanity in government – smaller government, less costly government, and less intrusive government.  It talks about government living within its means.  It talks about government on a budget.  But none of them talk about “tax rates to zero” or abolishing all regulations and government programs except defense.

That’s a typical leftist fact free smear that sets up a strawman they can attack.  And there Clinton is right in the middle of the political model he claims to dislike.  Conflict abetted by mischaracterization designed to demonize.  Fact free rants like this with the added bonus of condemnation of fact free rants.

Yes, Mr. Clinton, you haven’t changed a bit.   And there’s even a bit more irony according to Think Progress (although they don’t seem to recognize it – I’ve always contended the left is irony impaired):

While blasting the Tea Party’s economic policies, Clinton also acknowledged that the media plays an increasingly dangerous role in fanning the flames of partisan rancor.

That’s just funny.  Clinton fanned those flames with his mischaracterization of the US political model and the Tea Party knowing full well the smear would be reported by the media.  But it is the media’s fault even if Clinton planned that every partisan word of his speech would be quoted by them.

You have got to love the guy in one way.  He never lets his words get in the way of his actions, does he?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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12 Responses to Bill Clinton’s ironic Tea Party rant

  • …the model that works for economic growth and prosperity is cooperation. But the model that works in politics is conflict.

    Which is a Clintonesque LIE (i.e., BIG, FAT).
    Markets thrive on COMPETITION…NOT cooperation.  Companies SHOULD be in conflict (compete) for our custom.
    Fascist corporatist collectives COOPERATE with BIG GOVERNMENT, and the only competition then is for favor.
    Ideas ARE in deadly conflict in this country, as they damn well better be.  That BETTER be reflected in our politics.

  • We have a chicken and egg problem as to which came first? The Feckless politicians who live for spending & wasting other peoples money, or the Malfeasant Media who’s self-appointed career it is to provide cover-fire for them?

  • You can stand up and say anything and nobody rings a bell if the facts are wrong

    >>>> “I never had sex with that woman”

    It’s crazy, we’re living in a time when it’s more important than ever to know things

    >>> Like “what the definition of “is”  is ” ……

    You know, there’s not a single solitary example on the planet, not one, of a country that is successful because the economy has triumphed over the government

    >>>>  By that same token, find me ONE SINGLE SOLITARY COUNTRY ON THIS PLANET THAT HAS HAD THEIR GOVT TRUMP THE ECONOMY, AND IS SUCCESSFUL. 

    • the Somalia/North Korea question…
      The problem with Clinton is that we have example after example of countries that lowered taxes dramatically, that deregulated, and got the state out of the way and did very well, indeed.
      Eastern Europe for example. Or Ireland, which even after the crash is probably far richer than it was way back when it was the sick man of Europe. Even Sweden shrunk the state and became more innovative with school vouchers, etc.
      I think the Dem pols don’t know how many regs they have piled on and how high taxes are…why should they, they have accountants and get rich off speaking gigs and sinecures.

      • When leftists here start ranting about “income inequality” I always point to the dark spot on the satellite map known as North Korea. Everyone is equal there!

  • Rhodes Scholar, huh?

  • Bill Clinton: still a lying, mendacious p.o.s. after all these years. Never change, Bubba.

  • Wow! A ragtag, unorganized group of middle-aged, middle-class, worker bee’s, simply making the observation that the country is going to pot and voicing their concern that the country should perhaps go back to it’s roots, (the roots that made us the greatest nation in the world, by the way), and the mighty Democrat War Machine get’s it’s panties in such a twist you’d think their world was coming aprt. Well, how insecure are they? Crying like a baby pulled off his mommy’s nipple, they are. Sounds to me that us little insignificant racists must have hit a nerve or two. If we have learned nothing else in the last three years, we’ve learned Government dependency starts out like a drug, then morphs into a cancer. Ending the dependency is not an option, unless national suicide is the desired result.

  • He’s right though. The Tea Party espouses the sort of radical (kill the EPA, Energy, Education, etc.) cuts to government that would literally destroy the US’s economy. The goal may not be zero taxes but it is damn close.

    Also, your response to his claim that no country operating under such principles has ever succeeded is, in fact, a strawman. Claiming that the US is an example of a government that operated under teabag principles is moronic: the international economic situation was vastly different, the military was a fraction of its present, admittedly bloated size, and unregulated industry was ravaging the country. To go back to a US of 1890 is to return to a work environment and economy of 1890: limbs being severed by machinery, starvation, and no real infrastructure.

    Show me one single modern country that is succeeding using the principles that you espouse.

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