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The conservative pundits have apparently moved from venerating Ronald Reagan to lauding Bill Clinton:

If Barack Obama achieves nothing else in his presidency, he may do something that once seemed impossible: give a lot of people who aren’t crazy about his party a new respect for Bill Clinton. Clinton, for all his appetites and excesses, was a cautious, centrist sort of Democrat. He had innumerable ideas for things the government could do, but most were small and fairly innocuous. He was willing to go along with Republicans on some of their sound ideas — such as balancing the budget, reforming the welfare system and expanding foreign trade.

Of course,  it is worth mentioning that Bill Clinton was inheriting a mild recession from a Bush with a reasonable foreign policy. Obama was not so lucky.


One Comment

  1. When you say conservative today you are only talking about those who want to “conserve” their big spending lip service. I am feeling more nostalgic for Grover Clevland who said “When more of the people’s substance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of the Government and the expense of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.”

    Now that would be change you can believe in.

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