Let me finish tonight with a thought we heard tonight from former President Clinton. It’s about the election coming up. It’s about the effort by the Republican opposition to make this an up or down election on the economy. If you don’t like the current state of the economy, it says again and again, vote against the Democrats. Bill Clinton says an intelligent citizen would look at the balloting with more discernment. He or she would decide which party, which candidates, have the best idea and track record on how to eventually get the economy improved. Isn’t that the sane way to vote? That, of course, is the question put to us on the ballot every two years for Congress, every four years for president: who do you trust to do the job for you? Which party has the record, the people, the brains, and the heart to look out for you? If you vote for the Democrats you’re saying I think they were faced with a tough, even scary, situation when they came into office last year. I think they did what smart economics says to do: kick up government spending to make up for the drop in spending by consumers and business; try to deal with the country’s long-term challenges that hold us back economically – health care and wild behavior on Wall Street. If you vote Tea Party Republican this time, you must believe that it really would have been shrewder to ride out the horror we saw coming in late 2009; not act to save the financial institutions, not compensate for the plunge in consumer and business spending that threatened an historic economic collapse, not deal with the long-term healthcare problem. This is the choice that Bill Clinton, the former president, believes that a thinking person should honestly confront this November and then walk into the voting booth and courageously act on. It may lack the emotional kick you get from punching the whole political system in the chin but has the clear advantage of making an intellectual investment in your country at a time when this country needs - most of all - smart thinking and courageous action following it up. Bill Clinton says it’s time to think when you vote and he’s right.
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