QUOTE: "(We) ....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
QUOTE: "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."
Both of the above passages were taken from the Sojourners Political Forum broadcast on CNN's "The Situation Room" on June 4, 2007. Addressing the difficulty of reaching a political consensus on issues such as health insurance reform and climate change, Clinton stressed the need to compromise for the common good:
CLINTON: I think we could reach that agreement, and then we would have to start doing the hard work of deciding what we were going to do to make sure that they were not uninsured, because an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an insured person. I mean, that is a fact.
So, what do we do? We have to build a political consensus. And that requires people giving up a little bit of their own turf, in order to create this common ground.
The same with energy — you know, we can't keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil, and the need to deal with global warming, and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to God's creation, and just let business as usual go on.
CLINTON: And that means something has...
CLINTON: ... to be taken away from some people. [Source: CNN]
QUOTE: "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
During the same CNN forum, Clinton was asked what could be done to reduce the frequency of abortion in the United States. She began by speaking of the necessity of assisting young people in making the right choices:
CLINTON: We have so many young people who are tremendously influenced by the media culture and by the celebrity culture, and who have a very difficult time trying to sort out the right decisions to make.
And I personally believe that the adult society has failed those people. I mean, I think that we have failed them in our churches, our schools, our government. And I certainly think the, you know, free market has failed. We have all failed.
We have left too many children to sort of fend for themselves morally. And, so, I think there is a great opportunity. But it would require sort of a — a leaving at the sides the suspicion and the baggage that comes with people who have very strong, heartfelt feelings. [Source: CNN]
QUOTE: "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."
Speaking to an audience in Syracuse, New York on September 2, 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hillary Clinton accused the big oil companies of profiteering — "trying to make money off the backs of this tragedy" — as gasoline prices shot through the roof. She called for an inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission:
I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in our entire economy that they're being watched. I think human nature left to itself is going to push the limit as far as possible, and that's what you need a government regulatory system for: to keep an eye on people to make the rules of the game fair, to make a level playing field and not give anybody some kind of undue advantage. [Source: Washington Post]
Basic Tenets of Marxism
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