Free Markets, Free People
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.
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?