Speaking at Wednesday’s Fiscal Summit held by the Pete Peterson Foundation, Bill Clinton said:
in the end we have to listen to people that disagree with us.
He said it’s impossible that 100 percent of Republicans or Democrats are always wrong or acting in bad faith, and he said that we can achieve bipartisan agreements by “breaking out of theology” and dealing with facts.
The takeaway: Listen to one another, assume the person you disagree with is not acting in bad faith and don’t get mired in the dogma of your party. It’s time to play in the real world and the real world is not a Republican or Democratic fantasy-land, it’s a balance that we have lost sight of and need to find.
He also spoke of a fundamental shift in business where corporations are thought of as separate entities “unrooted” from society and responsible only to shareholders (themselves), rather than to “stakeholders” (employees, customers and the communities of which they are a part).
I also agree. I like describing the condition as “unrooted” because it’s like removing the trees from the side of a hill. The rain will wash away everything that’s left.
Paul Ryan also spoke at the summit and someone recorded him and Clinton chatting backstage. It’s pretty revealing.
I’m glad we won this race in New York … I hope Democrats don’t use it as an excuse to do nothing.
I, too, am glad the Democrat won in NY but I’ll be pretty disappointed if the Ryan plan becomes a magic bullet and we waste two more years ( and yet another election) fear mongering.
Frankly, I don’t know enough about the Ryan plan to comment. I do, however, like what he’s quoted as saying in an interview after the summit:
They (Democrats) are going to run these attack ads at us regardless. This is a time for leaders to be leaders. This is not a time for us to follow our fears…
He’s right. I wish our politicians would say and do more of what they believe rather than what they think will make us like them.
cross-posted to my blog