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The convention also featured a number of individuals who claim to have lost their jobs because of Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital. This went perfectly with the DNC’s ‘Class Warfare’ theme that was on full display Wednesday night.
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who acted as “the warm-up act” to former President Bill Clinton, continued the theme in a big way. She stated, “Oil companies guzzle down billions in profits. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. And Wall Street CEOs – the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs – still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors and acting like we should thank them… The Republican vision is clear: I got mine the rest of you are on your own.”
President Clinton said basically the same with a lot less rhetoric. He said that people should vote for Barack Obama, “if you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining.” But these were mere words, as the middle class has become the new poor due to policies of President Obama that cause small businesses to shut down and large businesses to move overseas. And shared prosperity? Is that America he’s talking about or Venezuela?
Clinton denounced and demeaned Republican fiscal policy, stating that “We simply can’t afford to double-down on trickle-down.” Yet, it was this same Bill Clinton who, while he was in office, turned to Republicans when he saw that his liberal policies were destroying his presidency. Along with GOP leaders Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole, Clinton moved to the center and passed a balanced budget and welfare reform, while President Obama ignores the balanced budget and looks to destroy Clinton’s welfare reform.
Bill Clinton can portray President Obama as a man of sound fiscal integrity – he said he was strong on national security as well – but Obama is no Clinton. Clinton says that Obama has laid the groundwork for future prosperity but needs another four years to see it through. After these last four years, it remains questionable how many Americans are willing to give it to him.
Are we better off today than we were four years ago? Bill Clinton may say “Yes,” but he and the rest of the nation may be thinking something very different.
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