11 thoughts on “Bill Clinton: Maybe Not the Liberal Paradigm

  1. The predictions of people who opposed [NAFTA] turned out to be far closer to what eventually came to pass than did the rosy scenarios of those 283 economists and the victorious President Clinton. NAFTA was supposed to encourage U.S. exports to Mexico; the opposite is what happened, and in a huge way. NAFTA was supposed to increase employment in the U.S.; a study from 2010 counts almost 700,000 jobs lost in America thanks to the treaty. And, as feared, the agreement gave one class in America enormous leverage over the other: employers now routinely threaten to move their operations to Mexico if their workers organize. A surprisingly large number of them—far more than in the pre-NAFTA days—have actually made good on the threat.

  2. I distinctly remember my heart sinking over welfare "reform." And supporting his re-election anyway because the alternative was Bob Dole.

    Hillary, please don't repeat this pattern…

    1. In showing he wasn't a liebrul "wuss", Bill did a lot of stuff that I'm not thrilled with- you gotta wonder how much of it was to show he was a "new democrat"

  3. The influential New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, for example, still thought so when the debate was over an altogether different treaty. “I wrote a column supporting the CAFTA, the Caribbean Free Trade Initiative,” he told Tim Russert in 2006. “I didn’t even know what was in it. I just knew two words: free trade.”

    And the two of them laughed and laughed and laughed!

  4. Frank's boner for Ralph Nader is what fucked Harper's up the ass. Now most of the liberal websites are joining the purity ball. Fortunately most people who have to feed a family don't have much use for Fabian society horseshit.

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