False Hope: The Politics of Clinton
After twelve years of Reagan and Bush, some people were hoping the election of Bill Clinton would represent positive change. He was, after all, a new Democrat. He wouldn’t kowtow to corporate lobbyists. He would break the bureaucratic gridlock in Washington. So far, President Clinton, with a few exceptions, has not significantly departed from his predecessors. He has fervently promoted NAFTA and GATT, the regional and global trade pacts. To win NAFTA, for example, he forked over much pork to secure wavering congressional votes. His crime bill is long on enforcement and punishment and short on addressing the roots of the problem. On other issues—gays in the military, the environment, the economic stimulus package, Haiti and Bosnia—Clinton has vacillated and backtracked. Health care reform has been compromised and diluted.
Norman Solomon is a political commentator and media critic. The National Council of Teachers of English honored him with the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. He is director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of Roots Action, an online activist group. He is the author of many books including Target Iraq, War Made Easy and Made Love, Got War.