I am in total agreement with Bill Clinton on most all of the issues facing our country. But the one on which that I agree with him the most relates to the on-going federal budget crisis. The former President is concerned that budget problems in our Nation’s Capitol “are being addressed without real concern for the impact it will have on individuals.” He said recently that budget policy is being dictated by “ideologues bent on having a smaller government.” President Clinton had this to say about what is going on in our Nation’s Capitol:
We’ve gotten away from being a people-centered society (and become) a money-centered society. A consequence is that the have-nots have even less because the rich continue to hold a disproportionate amount of the nation’s wealth. I don’t think there is an ideological answer. I want everyone to have a philosophy. It can be a little liberal, a little bit conservative. There is a huge difference in having a philosophy and having an ideology. The people who made America had a philosophy. If you have an ideology you have the answer to the question before you look at the facts. The aspirations of ordinary folks are being overlooked as the nation tries to work through its budget woes.
In my opinion, the thing that made Bill Clinton a great President was his real understanding of the trials and tribulations of ordinary folks as well as their aspirations for a better life. President Obama and his advisors would be well-served if they would spend a few days behind closed doors with Bill Clinton and discuss the nation’s problems with him. Of course, that would mean leaving some pretty big egos outside the meeting place.
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