Former secretary says President Clinton oversaw bipartisan talks in good faith, and resulted in US surplus
Former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman told Granthshala News on Friday that partisan bickering and the rise of “personality” on both sides of the aisle are driving the economic crisis in America today.
Herman told “Your World” that his former boss, President Clinton, “contradictory” but successfully brought together business, Labor, Democrats and Republicans and ushered in the previous US budget surplus.
Herman, who replaced Robert Reich as an Arkansas Democrat from 1997 until the end of his term, said that intrapartisan dialogue has collapsed to the point that she does not “recognize” that aspect of her political party:
“I think what I’m missing and what I want to see more of is less about personalities, less about finger pointing and a lot more about the issues that are at stake and the total What is good together that we are looking for together for the common good,” she said.
“I think the more we can talk about this current budget package and pick up on real priorities, not personalities, which is what we’re doing in the media these days, the better off we’ll be for it.”
Earlier on Friday, a photo that went viral online showed moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia holding his face in his hands while sitting behind Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer – as loud as Brooklyn raids against republicans And bragged that the “brinksmanship didn’t work” in the context of the GOP’s now-defended loan limit deadlock
Host Neil Cavuto noted that Clinton and Herman ushered in a budget surplus despite a divided government — Democrats in the White House and Republicans in Congress under House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi.
“[A] Many people miss the boom and the economy and the fact that Bill Clinton was the last president to see and enjoy the surplus. [while] Working closely with Republicans on things like Welfare to Work, Address[ing] Debt, don’t dismiss the debt. We haven’t seen that since secretaries, under Democrats or Republican presidents,” he said.
“[T]It’s the environment in which we communicated and collaborated, it’s very different,” Hermann replied.
“It’s very partisan. It’s very difficult to compromise and seek that common good. I think in this administration when you talk about the business community – I’ve got to see President Biden in this conversation recently this week. Glad to see world leaders being brought in – but with the Clinton administration it was an ongoing process – and it was counterproductive for Democrats to do so.”
“I think there is more of a bipartisan spirit when it comes to involving the business community in real solutions.”