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May 27, 2011

Bill Clinton, Overheard, To Paul Ryan: I Hope The Democrats Don't Demagogue Medicare To Do Nothing

So much here that's important. Including Clinton nodding, to say "of course, of course," when Ryan says, "I mean, you know the math."

Interestingly, for anyone pushing Ryan for president: a former president treats him as an equal, and even someone he admires.

So, a former Democratic President who is not running for anything, caught in a private, honest moment with a political "opponent," confesses that something must be done about MediCare, and specifically prays that the Democratic party does not take the NY-26 win as a politically-expedient but fiscally-calamitous justification for doing nothing.



That's not the only truth-telling Clinton is up to. He also said that the US could easily go days without a debt ceiling increase without inviting calamity, and has already "retracted" these comments, after the White House requests him to do so.

1. How do you "retract" an event that happened? How do you "retract" an honest, private statement, plainly your true belief, in favor of a false, politically coordinated one?

2. Ask Newt Gingrich about the effectiveness of "retracting" a statement-against-party-interest statement. Hell, ask Paul Ryan, who is not feeling any benefit from Gingrich's supposed "retraction."

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