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  •  not an A+ (1+ / 0-)
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    NAFTA, GATT/WTO and a failure to grasp the concept of taxing the upper classes more agressively as they made windfall profits off speculation were failures.

    Decentralization of wealth and power, not considered during the Clinton admin, and most players inside the admin were not strong supporters of labor unions.  

    Clinton could have been a lot more visionary; too bad his rhetoric outpaced his actual performance in a lot of these areas.

    But still, a "B" or a "B-".

    Beats the living hell out the "F/Incomplete" of that little moron.


    one other thing

    Give the middle class -- and only the middle class -- a tax break.

    What of the working poor, which includes any family of 4 {or more} with a single breadwinner making perhaps $15/hr or $20/hr less in most States? Hell, even with an income of over $50K, it's hell to help get a kid {or kids} through college.

    Taxes are not just FICA and withholding taxes on the W-2s at the end of the year. Taxes on property {own or rent, they still pay property taxes} food, clothing, fuel, utlilties, phones, cable .. and the poor pay disportportionately more for these.

    Yes, they are mostly State taxes.

    But with the Federal gov't underfunding States, the tax burden is being shoved more and more onto the poor and lower middle classes.

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus"
    Nasty, freshly-demoted
    -7.63, -9.

    by shpilk on Thu May 25, 2006 at 08:13:52 PM PDT

    •  I don't mean to be a Clinton apologist (1+ / 0-)
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      but the trade agreements were foisted upon former President Clinton by a Republican Congress.  I believe that he tried to make something good out of a bad situation, but these agreements failed to force the non-US trading partners to raise their standards.  Instead, these trade agreements turned out to be a race to the bottom, harming the American worker most of all, and the economy of Mexico as well (with WTO pushing all the "low-wage" work over to China).

      The mid-term elections took a lot of steam out of what was promised in 2000 when he and Al Gore took office.  It was correct then, and it is more correct now: "it's the economy, stupid!"

      •  ya, but still think he could fought back harder (0+ / 0-)

        and they took office in 93 .. seems like yesterday ..

        "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus"
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        -7.63, -9.

        by shpilk on Thu May 25, 2006 at 09:14:41 PM PDT

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      •  Clinton got dems on board for Nafta (0+ / 0-)

        He got over 100 dems to sign up for Nafta.

        He singlehandedly is the reason we have nafta today.  He was the only one that could have gotten the dems on board.

        Remember the perot vs gore debate on cnn.

        George Sr signed the nafta agreement but it meant nothing without getting it through congress.

        Bill Clinton could have stopped nafta instead of he used his new election mandate to drive it down the throats and hoodwink pro labor dems into voting for it.

        I like Bill Clinton as a leader but his trade policies were terrible.

        Clinton is a globalist that believes in corporate america's free trade rip off.

        The economy was already feeling the effects of nafta as clinton was leaving.  GDP was negative at teh end of clinton's term and manufacturing jobs in the midwest were disappearing.

        Clinton is part of the problem that lead to the economy we have today which is great for corporations and terrible for average americans.

        To praise Clinton on the economy is wrong because his policies are hurting us today.

    •  of course (0+ / 0-)

      a nyberg 3 for bill!

      "No, I understand that. But I - I would really like to have a chance to discuss what you keep telling me what I'm not discussing." -- Rep. Barney Frank.

      by BiminiCat on Fri May 26, 2006 at 01:00:42 AM PDT

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