So now you are channeling Hillary when she called Medicare for All some “hypothetical idea that will never, ever come to pass.”

Now 70% of Americans support it, including 53% of Republicans. If it does not come to pass it will only be because the Democrats refuse to do it.

Democrats like HRC.

You are right about Hillary when she introduced HillaryCare. It was a form of single payer. But Hillary herself no longer supports what she was doing in the 90’s. Why? Because the Health Insurance industry gave her $13 million reasons to change her mind.

I can hear you now, claiming that I am being “purity left” because I think that she was wrong to take that money and change her position, abandon her principles and generally sell out. Go on, come at me.

You keep going on about how only the Clintons have the support of black voters, and “white purity leftists” actually hurt black voters by demanding leftist purity instead of settling for some mythical moderate steps to advance black causes.

You poor, poor benighted sod. You have fallen for the Clintonite propaganda, hook, line and sinker.

First,you probably believe that old saw about Bill Clinton being “America’s first black President.” Well, that was no compliment, and the media and the Clintons themselves have successfully managed to change and manipulate what that quote actually meant.

But let’s look at those “moderate” non-pure, incremental steps that Bill Clinton took to help black America.

First the 1994 Crime Bill:

Bill Clinton presided over the largest increase in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history … He supported the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack versus powder cocaine, which produced staggering racial injustice in sentencing and boosted funding for drug-law enforcement.

Clinton championed the idea of a federal “three strikes” law in his 1994 State of the Union address and, months later, signed a $30 billion crime bill that created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and the expansion of police forces. The legislation was hailed by mainstream-media outlets as a victory for the Democrats, who “were able to wrest the crime issue from the Republicans and make it their own.”

When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, “President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.”

So Bill Clinton was actually THE WORST when it came to locking up young black men, those hos wife called “superpredators.” When it came to mass incarceration of black youth, he made Reagan look like a piker.

Now, let’s look at the other great Clinton achievement, “ending welfare as we know it”:

In his 1996 State of the Union address, given during his re-election campaign, Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and immediately sought to prove it by dismantling the federal welfare system known as Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC).

Bill Clinton championed discriminatory laws against formerly incarcerated people that have kept millions of Americans locked in a cycle of poverty and desperation.

By the end of Clinton’s presidency, more than half of working-age African-American men in many large urban areas were saddled with criminal records and subject to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, access to education, and basic public benefits — relegated to a permanent second-class status eerily reminiscent of Jim Crow.

As Michelle Alexander points out:

To be fair, the Clintons now feel bad about how their politics and policies have worked out for black people.

Oh, that must be sooo comforting to the black families that were savaged by the Crime Bill and mass incarceration and impoverished by the dismantling of AFDC. “Sorry,” say Bill and Hill.

This is what you are holding up as a model for us to follow? Seriously?

Blacks did incredibly poorly under Bill Clinton. His Presidency was a DISASTER for black America.

Joe is a US Ex-Pat with dual US-EU citizenship, who travels Europe extensively, commenting on trends, attitudes, politics and more.

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