We keep hearing from the GOP that this is what the Obama administration has done and that this is the stated agenda of the Democrats. The very idea makes me crazy. This morning I started thinking about the thousands of veterans of the Iraqi war who are amputees, or have lost other faculties, have traumatic brain injuries, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or have other persistent symptoms that require ongoing specialized care and will have a hard time making a living in anybodyís economy.
Thereís the 8 million jobs lost during the Bush presidency and the corresponding increase in unemployment claims, demand for food stamps, loss of health insurance, etc.,etc., all of which burdened government. The 21% percent increase in child poverty which put children at the mercy of government programs or charities. The misery fostered by the poor handling of Katrina, the refusal to help the auto industry, I could go on and on.
I got so mad I could spit.
Donít even talk to me about fostering government dependency.
It struck me last night that the age has changed Bill Clinton a good deal, but it's empowering him in ways you rarely see in prominent politician past their days of spotlight in the center stage. He's always been smart, but now he seems wise, and the authoritative tone, which he's entitled to as elder statesman, comes across as more fatherly than lecturing. I was in awe of the mind sharp enough, and patient enough, to deliver that marathon, fact-dense speech, but more of the extemporaneous rifts, and the connection to the audience. I loved the crotchetdy humor and the finger-wagging thing. He looked great, too. A national treasure.