Bill Clinton’s attack on British Labour leader

This 24 September 2016 video from Britain is called Jeremy Corbyn gives victory speech.

It now turns out that Bill Clinton, whose wife just lost the United States presidential election to a racist billionaire by moving her party to the right, has attacked the leader of the British Labour party, elected democratically twice by its members and supporters.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bill Clinton calls Jeremy Corbyn ‘mad’

Wednesday 9th November 2016

FORMER US president Bill Clinton called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “the maddest person in the room” at a fundraising dinner, WikiLeaks revealed yesterday.

The comments were made to rich donors at an official Hillary Clinton campaign dinner in October 2015, soon after Mr Corbyn’s election to the Labour leadership.

In the speech, Mr Clinton claimed that Labour members, being already angry with Tony Blair over the Iraq war, had reacted to Ed Miliband’s election defeat last year by reaching the “interesting conclusion that they lost because they hadn’t moved far left enough, and so they went out and practically got a guy off the street to be the leader of the British Labour Party.”

Mr Clinton compared the election of Mr Corbyn to the rise of Syriza in Greece. He claimed that when people feel they’ve been shafted, “they just want the maddest person in the room to represent them.”

The international trade union movement

places a sizable share of the blame for the far right’s rise on mainstream center-left parties’ drift to the center (think Bill Clinton’s New Democrats and Tony Blair’s New Labour).

In a speech to the National Governors Association on August 16, 1993, President Bill Clinton outlined the substance of his proposed health care reform program. Speaking to the group that he previously headed while governor of Arkansas, Clinton largely dropped the reformist pretenses associated with his promises to working people and explained in blunt language that the purpose of the “reform” was to cut costs for the government and corporate employers: here.

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  11. August 3, 1993: In a nationally televised speech, US President Bill Clinton declared war on what he called the “politics of entitlement,” defending an austerity budget and reaffirming his pledges during the 1992 election campaign to “end welfare as we know it.”

    The speech came as the Democratic-controlled Congress was passing a budget which marked a political watershed for American capitalism, as the Democratic Party scrapped the last shred of reformist pretense and openly proclaimed itself the instrument for the destruction of social programs. There was not a penny of the spending on public works which Clinton claimed to support in his first State of the Union speech six months earlier.

    In his speech, perhaps the most reactionary address by a Democratic president in the 20th century, Clinton denounced those who wanted “something for nothing,” by which he meant the poor, the unemployed and the elderly. He was not referring to the billion-dollar handouts to the super-rich contained in the budget, which passed only thanks to flagrant vote-buying, with rival corporate interests fighting over various changes in tax provisions.

    It was symbolic that the “swing” vote in the US Senate, whose support ensured passage of the budget, was Democrat Dennis DeConcini of Arizona. He was the leader of the “Keating Five,” the five senators who received substantial campaign contributions in return for lobbying on behalf of savings & loan magnate Charles Keating, a billionaire swindler who went to prison for robbing thousands of elderly people of their life savings.

    DeConcini was given a slap on the wrist—censured by the Senate—but retained his key position on the Senate Finance Committee, where he shepherded the Clinton budget through, and then was rewarded with lavish praise in the president’s televised address.

    Two days after the speech, on August 5, Clinton signed an executive order that for the first time set limits on spending on such entitlement programs as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Any spending above the limits would have to be reported to Congress, along with specific proposals for offsetting spending cut or tax increases.

    The only “progressive” fig leaf on the budget was a small increase in taxes on the highest income bracket, the top 1.2 percent, whose rates would increase from 31 percent to 36 percent. This was still far below the 50 percent rate that was in effect for most of the 1980s, but which was drastically slashed in the final years of the Reagan administration and then under President George H. W. Bush.


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