Billy Jeff soothes jitters over economic slowdown by calling for economic slowdown

posted at 1:04 pm on January 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

Look on the bright side. If trends continue, this’ll be one issue both parties’ candidates will agree on this fall.

In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

At a time that the nation is worried about a recession is that really the characterization his wife would want him making? “Slow down our economy”?

She warned you, didn’t she? As for BJ, I’d say this officially makes it his best month since, oh, January 1998, and that’s not counting this curious yet delicious morsel served up by the Times this morning. You owe it to yourself to read it all. Multimillion-dollar influence peddling, willful blindness to human rights abuses, the principals caught by reporters in not one but two major lies — and the Clenis right in the middle of it all. It’s conservative catnip, although I can think of one liberal who’s enjoying it even more than we are. Expect to see him mention it tonight if Hillary dares to toss the Tony Rezko thing at him. “Business as usual” for the Clintons indeed.

Update (Bryan): I have to say, as much as I loathe Billy Jeff and all, ABC is misrepresenting what he said. Sure, he uttered the line about slowing down the economy, but he followed that with an explanation of why that’s a bad idea.

“And maybe America, and Europe, and Japan, and Canada — the rich counties — would say, ‘OK, we just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.’ We could do that.

“But if we did that, you know as well as I do, China and India and Indonesia and Vietnam and Mexico and Brazil and the Ukraine, and all the other countries will never agree to stay poor to save the planet for our grandchildren. The only way we can do this is if we get back in the world’s fight against global warming and prove it is good economics that we will create more jobs to build a sustainable economy that saves the planet for our children and grandchildren. It is the only way it will work.

“But if we did that…” is the beginning of his counter-argument. He goes on to serve up pipe dreams about how green tech like 100-mile-per-gallon cars will create more jobs, which seems unlikely. He’s also off in the weeds when he declares that anything is “the only way it will work.” That’s classic Clintonian fallacy: A complex problem, if it’s even a real problem, requires a complex set of solutions, supposing it’s even something we could solve.

The bottom line is that, for whatever reason, ABC actually played Clinton’s “slow down the economy” line unfairly and ended up downplaying his argument against the far left on global warming. I’m sure that will be too much mental jujitsu for the Clinton-hating, “conservative media” nutroots to handle.


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All you peasents into the rice paddies (except for the elites like Billy Jeff).

RobCon on January 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM

As for BJ,

Ha. Using the abbreviation “BJ” in a Clinton post…
I know it stands for Bill Jefferson, but I was thinking something else.

malan89 on January 31, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Well don’t worry. With McCain-Lieberman, we’ll have just that.

amkun on January 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Wow. Clinton actually voiced the true intent of the Global Warming farce…global equality. I wonder if Al Gore is scolding him for revealing that nugget?

blankminde on January 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Liberaliam = feudalism.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

“We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

Now there’s some straight-thinking Liberal logic. In order to prevent the temperature from rising a bit, destroy the economy. And the best time to say it? As the economy is the number one issue.

amerpundit on January 31, 2008 at 1:15 PM

’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

It infuriates me every time I hear that “grandchildren” appeal to emotions. Again proving that liberals are retarded and can’t deal with actually looking at the facts, they have to be tricked with emotional pleas. F-ing morons. Ugh, I just can’t stand how saying “save the planet for our grandchildren” has become so common place. Sadly the likely GOP nominee is as bad as any liberal on this crap.

Expect to see him mention it tonight if Hillary dares to toss the Tony Rezko thing at him.

Oh please, Obama’s a b**ch or he’d have slammed her with Norman Hsu, Chinatown, etc. etc. etc. when she first brought up Rezko in the other debate. I don’t really care what happens, as long as Hillary gets some momentum and eventually secures their nomination.

RightWinged on January 31, 2008 at 1:17 PM

What an idiot. Worst.President.Evah. Including Carter

RobG on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

If NOW wants to talk about a “psychological gang bang” they should look at BJ, not Kennedy.

His crimes against just one woman:

1. embarrassed her as a woman and wife.

2. turned her into a hate filled racist.

3. up-staged her at every opportunity.

4. put her on the wrong side of any issue possible.

5. suggested she start speeches with phrases like “children are going to bed hungry in America…”

6. told her to either laugh or yell in any high octave
whenever greeted with opposition.

woman hater.

Dorvillian on January 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM

The only Global Emissions are from Clinton’s mouth and I’ll add McCain and another other kook that buys into this global warming crap.

BJ did say all the other countries won’t sacrifice their economy’s to save the planet for their grandchildren, which is true. The premise of saving grandchildren by converting to energy alternatives is plain and some bullsh!t. This class envy is now seeping into global warming crap with guilt placed on rich nations.

Hey, you wanna be rich, it’s the economy stupid, not the environment. Change your economic policies not your energy needs.

Kini on January 31, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Crap — plain and some simple

Kini on January 31, 2008 at 1:28 PM

You go Billy Jeff!!

Let your freak flag fly, baby!!!

wildweasel on January 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Ok, I’m having trouble understanding this quote from Clinton from the ABC post:

“And guess what? The only places in the world today in rich countries where you have rising wages and declining inequality are places that have generated more jobs than rich countries because they made a commitment we didn’t. They got serious about a clean, efficient, green, independent energy future… If you want that in America, if you want the millions of jobs that will come from it, if you would like to see a new energy trust fund to finance solar energy and wind energy and biomass and responsible bio-fuels and electric hybrid plug-in vehicles that will soon get 100 miles a gallon, if you want every facility in this country to be made maximally energy efficient that will create millions and millions and millions of jobs, vote for her. She’ll give it to you. She’s got the right energy plan.”

Can anyone help me decode what he saying here?

terryannonline on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!!” shouted Hillary, flames and smoke billowing around her turbaned head.

But the curtain has parted, and the real agenda is revealed: Economic equality (whith whom, I’m not sure).

iurockhead on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

“We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

By extension, he is implying the following things:

a) both our children and grandchildren are incapable of dealing with a small change in temperature by adaptation.

b) our children and grandchildren will be stupid, and unable to come up with any sort of solution on their own.

c) our children and grandchildren deserve a lower quality of life, with less economic growth

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on January 31, 2008 at 1:35 PM

terryannonline on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

The way I read it, he’s saying everyone else doesn’t have to play by the rules, but we do and Hillary has the plan by generating an alternative energy program to generate jobs.

He saying job growth is tied to alternative energy programs.

Kini on January 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

He saying job growth is tied to alternative energy programs.

Kini on January 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

you mean all these jobs:

Economist Anne Smith testified to Congress that her state-of-the-art economic modeling estimates that Warner-Lieberman would cause net reduction in 2015 GDP of 1.0% to 1.6% relative to the GDP that would otherwise occur. That loss rises to the range of 2% to 2.5% after 2015. Smith found that the annual loss in GDP would increase to the range of $800 billion to $1 trillion, which is serious money. By 2020, Smith estimates losses of 1.5 to 3.4 million jobs – and that is net jobs, after adjusting for the new “green” jobs that might be created by the bill.

now I know, not all economists will agree, but if the cost of doing nothing is 0, and the cost of creating green jobs is a net loss of 1.5 million jobs or more, I’m pretty sure I know what I’d do.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on January 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on January 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Bottom line: The government should keep its tax pickin hands off of the free market.

Kini on January 31, 2008 at 1:50 PM

The Clinton’s should be used to that kind of ‘creative editing’ with what is being said.

ABC must’ve also consulted with McCain on how to pull it off.

Luckedout on January 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

All you peasents into the rice paddies (except for the elites like Billy Jeff).

Why don’t institute McCain’s $5/head of lettuce strategy?
That’d slow ‘er down real good! Of course, that would require kicking out all those (illegal) Democrat votes.

highhopes on January 31, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Update (Bryan): I have to say, as much as I loathe Billy Jeff and all, ABC is misrepresenting what he said. Sure, he uttered the line about slowing down the economy, but he followed that with an explanation of why that’s a bad idea.

Nice catch, Bryan.

RushBaby on January 31, 2008 at 2:19 PM

The bottom line is that, for whatever reason, ABC actually played Clinton’s “slow down the economy” line unfairly and ended up downplaying his argument against the far left on global warming. I’m sure that will be too much mental jujitsu for the Clinton-hating, “conservative media” nutroots to handle.

Well done, Bryan.

Let nobody ever accuse you of being unfair.

Thank you for proving that, unlike the left, we have the ability to be fair to our opponents.

I thought my respect for you could not get higher.

I was wrong. :-)

Hawkins1701 on January 31, 2008 at 2:36 PM

(NOTE: Former President Bill Clinton made a mistake in citing Osama bin Laden and 19 others from Saudi Arabia were responsible for 9/11; actually, it was 15 out of the 19 hijackers who were from Saudi Arabia.)

This is so nice of ABC to go out of their way to help keep Billy Jeff from looking stupid.

They would definitely do that for Bush, certainly.

benrand on January 31, 2008 at 2:43 PM

The quote was taken out of context. Here’s the real thing:

“And maybe America, and Europe, and Japan, and Canada — the rich counties — would say, ‘OK, we just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.’ We could do that. But if we did that, you know as well as I do, China and India and Indonesia and Vietnam and Mexico and Brazil and the Ukraine, and all the other countries will never agree to stay poor to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

Billy Jeff wasn’t being stupid for once.

AbaddonsReign on January 31, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Didn`t he always used to say we could grow our economy and protect the environment at the same time or am I wrong?

ThePrez on January 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

I think the best way to counter Bill Clinton is to put Ross Perot against him. Perot will drive Clinton crazy. Oh and Ralph Nader.

Nader/Perot… the winning ticket for annoying Democrats!

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Everytime I see that headline picture of her I can’t help but think, “NO…..MORE…..HANGAARRSS!!!”

ColdBore76 on January 31, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Worst.President.Evah. Including Carter

RobG on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Dude. I remember Carter. That’s saying an awful lot.

p.v. cornelius on February 1, 2008 at 2:26 AM

Crap. I even used preview, but I forgot the quote button.

Worst.President.Evah. Including Carter

RobG on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Dude. I remember Carter. That’s saying an awful lot.

p.v. cornelius on February 1, 2008 at 2:29 AM