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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:39 PM

The False Prophets From the “Center” Elite


from the Working Life blog:



The False Prophets From the “Center” Elite
Posted on 04 December 2012.


It is a waste of time to jump up and down and scream about the ludicrous nature of the Republicans “ideas” about the economy, and, specifically, the proposal put forth by John Boehner regarding the phony debt and deficit “crisis”. These people are nuts and, worse, they either lie or are ignorant about the facts when it comes to the economy. So, it’s more important, in my humble opinion, to ponder the proposals floated out there by people who claim to be representing the “left” or “center” and, even more astonishing, “the last good economy”.

In case you wonder who claims to be among the people who brought you “the last good economy”, you guessed it. Ladies and gents, it’s the retreads from the Clinton Administration who are just aching to get back into power.

It is only because of the foolish, disastrous stewardship of the economy under Republican presidents and Republican Congresses that people look at the Clinton years as somehow a time when we had “a good economy”. I’m going to come back to the specific proposal that triggered this post in a sec — and chat about these retreads. But, first…

Just to keep in mind these facts, and I am only focusing on a few key ones because this could go on and on and on:

During the Clinton “good economy”, the people in charge — including the president and his Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (who, as is his habit, has remade himself into a new persona that fits with whatever is “hot” at the moment) — promoted so-called “free trade”, starting out with NAFTA, passed in 1993. The global class warfare that so-called “free trade” ignited in the 1990s is, at heart, one of the reasons people struggle today to make a decent living. ..........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.workinglife.org/2012/12/04/the-false-prophets-from-the-center-elite/



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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:55 PM

1. K&R nt

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:22 AM

2. DURec

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:50 AM

3. Good Points...

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:30 AM

4. Thanks, marmar.

K&R

This guy's name is Jonathan Tasini. He wrote a book that I"m going to get for myself for
The Title of the book is The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves, and the Looting of America. I read his whole article that you linked to, and actually remember most of the events he speaks of, having lived through it myself.

Yeah, we have to temper our worship of the "Big Dawg", because he was (I believe?) the first democrat to be blessed/chosen by the DLC, i.e. the Democratic Leadership Conference. That was the point that the Democratic Party was pulled to the right. I guess the thinking was that the Democrats needed to be more like Republicans. Otherwise they would never get elected again. But surprisingly by the end of his two terms, there was a surplus. He did balance the budget, alright, but much destruction was left in his wake. (Just a synopsis of my memories sorry).

I think that's pretty much where Tasini takes up in his book. If you want to know all that happened during the Clinton years and how he reached a balanced budget, pick this book up at the library. I am not related to, nor do I know, this person!!! But I do promote learning and therefore understanding of how we got into this humongous mess in America.

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:59 AM

5. K&R

 

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:44 AM

6. ^

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:52 AM

7. du rec. nt

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:00 AM

8. K&R....nt

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:10 PM

9. K&R The middle and upper middle classes saw their incomes go up, so it was

 

easy to ignore the victims, thus the illusion.

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:30 PM

10. Absolute right on the money

These people gave us the third-way type thinking that seemed to have an uncanny ability to deliver the worst of both ideologies.

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