Bill Clinton is so full of shit
Bill Clinton, that loveable rogue. I still have a soft spot for him because he's so damn good at what he does. And no matter the reason, the Clinton 90s were better for a lot of Americans than Bush's oughts or Obama's teens; real wages, on average, went up, for example. But that was a long time ago, and what has Bill or any Clinton done for me lately? But dear lord. This is unforgivable:
[BILL CLINTON:] We are in the best shape of any big country in the world in the next 20 years,” he said. “No big country that is running this well is as young as we are, as diverse as we are or as technological as we are. In the next 20 years, there will be bad days, there will be bad headlines, but you can keep the trend lines positive.
Bill, if I want any shit from you I'll squeeze your head. Take a look at this chart:
This is the trend line I care about.
(Via Fabius Maximus.) I picked green for the color of the highlight, not yellow, because green the color of flatlines. Like this:
"[R]unning this well is as young as we are, as diverse as we are or as technological as we are." Now, to be fair, there's a wriggling bucket of weasel wording packed into those words -- "this well" doesn't mean "well," for example -- but what Clinton's quote means to me is that he's been hanging out with too many squillionaires and has lost his touch.
If another forty years of flatlined wages is the best the 90% can do, then it's time for the Democratic brand to die, and be replaced with something better, and if that doesn't work, it's time for a new system, and it won't be old coots like me who have a lingering affection for the Big Dog that plant a pitchfork in his doughy white ass.
NOTE  Clinton's quintessential talent was defined by one Arkansas union leader, even more jaundiced than, as the ability to "shake your hand and piss down your leg at the same time". Very different political talent from Bush, or Obama, for that matter.