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The Unsustainable Presidency: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and by William F. Grover and Joseph G. Peschek

By William F. Grover and Joseph G. Peschek

The Unsustainable Presidency develops a structural thought of the place of work through hard and redefining the dual imperatives upon which the fashionable leader govt used to be developed and through making use of the idea to the 3 latest presidents: invoice Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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He went on to claim that the Clinton economic strategy recognizes that the best way to spur productivity is by investing in people directly: ensuring that infants get adequate nutrition and health care, preschoolers have adequate day care and Head Start, kids have good schools, teenagers who don’t go on to college get a chance to develop productive skills, those who are eligible for college can afford to go, workers can get good on-the-job training, and all who wish can upgrade their skills. It also recognizes the importance of roads, airports, toxic waste facilities, fiber-optic information networks, and high-speed trains—the infrastructure that supports human capital.

This ambitious agenda also contained a national service program for young people, a national health insurance plan, a proposal to increase the minimum wage, and support for a bill to prohibit the hiring of permanent replacements for striking workers. ”20 Clinton proposed to cut the federal deficit in half by 1996, while finding $200 billion in new revenues, roughly half of which would go into cleaning up the environment and renovating US transportation and communications systems. 21 Clinton’s economic strategy was supported by over three hundred economists, including six Nobel Prize winners, who applauded his call for increased public investment to overcome the “silent depression” of the Reagan-Bush years.

Meyerson downplayed Clinton’s affiliation with the DLC and noted the congruence of Clinton’s ideas with the views of liberal intellectuals such as William Julius Wilson and E. J. Dionne on the need for broad-based social programs. 27Other progressive political analysts were much more skeptical of Clinton. The Nation ran a number of articles that were highly critical of the Arkansas governor for supporting the Gulf War, capital punishment, and a punitive approach to welfare reform. Matthew Rothschild, publisher and later editor of the Progressive, wrote, How could I vote for someone who left the primary campaign trail to see a convict executed in his home state of Arkansas?

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