Classic Clinton Goes Deep Into YOYO vs. WITT

September 5th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Great keynoter tonight at the DNC from President Clinton.

Nice to hear the YOYO/WITT contrast, of course.  I started thinking and writing about that framing almost a decade ago, and it’s become steadily more in focus as conservatives have increasingly embraced privatization of social insurance, supply-side tax cuts, block grants of the safety net, and an intense antipathy toward investments in infrastructure, counter-cyclical policy, regulation of finance, a hand up for the poor, and almost any government function government that goes beyond a tax or regulatory break for a favored constituency.

And for those of us who found so much of what’s come before in these convention speeches on the economy and fiscal policy to lack specifics—well, not only did the big dog take us down in the weeds, he made it entertaining.

Here’s the transcript.  But the former President has inspired me to fight another day…after a night’s sleep, that is.



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5 comments in reply to "Classic Clinton Goes Deep Into YOYO vs. WITT"

  1. ljm says:

    When I heard both Obama and Clinton talk WITT and YOYO, I thought of you and wondered if they credit you, even if not out loud. Congratulations on perfect framing.

  2. save_the_rustbelt says:

    I missed the live speech, did Clinton mention NAFTA? Or is he embarrassed?

  3. Nhon Tran says:

    Thanks. Yeah, congrats.
    BTW, there’s footage on TV here in Sydney about the DNC and the Clinton speech and it showed some smiling guy in suit in the front row who looked like you Jared!