I hate to agree with Ryan on much, given who he hooked his little wagon to for 2012, but he's got a point.
I was once on the 'bash all dems' kick myself and Clinton was the Dem's Dem when it came to all that. After all, how many leaders have single handedly
redefined something as profound as sex itself? (Ask a kid today if a blowjob is sex...and be ready for the mixed replies I never heard before him).
Perhaps looking at Clinton close enough to write about and really know the data for is what started my mindset to turning well before it fully
around the time of this last election. Who knows...but I do know the time I spent making the President's thread I still have linked in my
siggy brought some surprises I hadn't understood before without looking hard into the data to know why it said what it said.
The bottom line I came away with though is this. Whatever Clinton was as a man and a person outside his duties as President? Whatever his
failings...and there were plenty....in foreign policy? The man made this economy work. Daddy Bush handed him a failing economy and bad unemployment
...and he handed Baby Bush a BOOMING
economy and near full
employment by economic standards.
The BEST indicator of that is the one no one can lie about or fudge on. No K street firm can cook up to look pretty. When I was trucking and Clinton
was in Office, there were 10 jobs for every qualified driver and sitting, waiting for a load meant a company was a screw up and needed better dispatch
and sales teams.
Within a couple years of Bush and continuing downhill to this day? There aren't 10 jobs to every trucker anymore. Far from it. Trucks sit because
there IS no freight as often as any other reason and when I left the road, it wasn't uncommon to sit for multiple days ...in a truck stop filled with
OTHER guys sitting for multiple days. It had become the norm. To hear friends still on the road speak? It still is, if not worse.
Why does this matter and how does trucking define a nation?
That freight I made my living on ONLY ROLLED when demand by consumers and business out stripped available supply. When demand drops? So does truck
freight volume..and even the spotty periods of "recovery" now are relative to a baseline/start point I'm not sure we'll see again for many years. That
baseline was what Clinton's White House oversaw ....and saw improve year upon year over his 8 years in office.
My two cents....now I'm sure Right and Left both dislike what I said here. It's the truth as I experienced and lived it though and it's the truth as I
learned it by the raw data and numbers of economic reality in our nation during the 1990's.
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