Eastwood disappointed by lack of bipartisanship
The actor and director says Simpson-Bowles may have been our last chance for political cooperation.
The actor, director and Man With No Name went on CNBC on Friday to lament the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Congress and to give some credit to former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles for at least trying back in 2010. He worried aloud that the intractable disputes between both sides of the aisle will lead to political complacency that will only further complicate national politics."It's almost like they don't give a damn," Eastwood said. "If they don't give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?"
It's been an unusually active political cycle for Eastwood, whose appearance in Chrysler's "Halftime in America" Super Bowl ad last year in the middle of primary season made onlookers speculate which side he would take in the 2012 presidential election. He supported John McCain in 2008, but his dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama's economic policies led him to the Republican National Convention and his conversation with a piece of furniture standing in for the president.
With Obama re-elected and the nation's economy facing more cliffs than Wile E. Coyote, Eastwood longed for 2010 and the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, best known as Simpson-Bowles. The plan would have cut the federal deficit by $4 trillion, reduced debt by 60% by 2023 and eliminated the deficit altogether by 2035.
Despite support for the measure from Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and McCain, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman sniffed at it as "unserious." The measure's tax tinkering was criticized and its spending cuts, especially those applied to Social Security, were savaged by detractors.
"They were just dismissed, and that was the end of it," Eastwood told CNBC.
The plan died in committee, with votes against it from such notables as failed Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate fixture Max Baucus. Amid recent drama, including the fiscal cliff, the "sequester" of spending cuts and the debt ceiling debate, Simpson-Bowles is getting a fresh look. Eastwood suggests it should be a long one, as Simpson and Bowles may be our last example of bipartisanship for a while. Why focus on them?
"They're probably smarter than most."
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Sorry Mr. Eastwood, but you are not telling us "Lower Class/Middle Class" anything new.
Imagine getting dismissed on a daily basis, in everyday life, and no monetary resources to help you fight it.
Welcome to our world. The world where you are happy to be kicked around to have a job to pay for the basics.
No one ever said "life was fair" and our government proves that on a daily basis.
Give it up ! Our nation as we once knew it isgone. We now have drones, cams on street corners and all public buildings; including places of business and who knows where else. They want to disarm us,etc.etc,etc. Big brother is here;George Orwell was right. God bless us all.
Maybe I'm alone but it seems to me Republicans have started to give a little a ground after years of obstruction, and I see the Democrats doing the same although to be honest I think they have been the adults in the room for the last four years. I see the Republican coming to terms with the fact that they have become the dumb party their words not mine and no one is comfortable witha self grade of dumb.
They need to crawl back under the rock from which they came.
Then and only then will we tuly have an opportunity for bi-partisan agreements that are nased on compromise..
Why does the GOVERNMENT CREDIT CARD NOT HAVE A LIMIT LIKE THE REST OF US?
AND NO THE FEDERAL RESERVE SHOULD NOT BE THE GOVERNMENTS OVERDRAFT PROTECTION!
Who decided Eastwood was such an expert on finances? Or on bipartisanship, for that matter?? Playing "Dirty Harry", or even being the mayor of rather small town doesn't tell me anything about YOUR qualifications in this morass that two 'credit-card' wars,and a combination of many other bone-head moves have gotten us into--there's an old saying that goes something like, "If you don't have something constructive to say, just keep your mouth shut & nobody'll
know you're a fool." Actually, that's two sayings combined,but it works!
Ignorance and apathy. They don't know and they don't care. Hardworking Americans have worked
all their lives and taken what was offered. Not excessive. Paid their way all the way. No free free
free. Their jobs have been given to gluttons who "want a better life" (than the rest of us), and are
given freedom to take in abundance. Welfare, EBT, "redevelopment" endowments and on & on.
Now another 11million to add to their volume to encumber us more.
The high and mighty in the political society are so wealthy and secure, they don't feel our aches and
anger. Violent revolution? Not likely. We've become complacent or at least incapable.
Thanks, Clint, for your persistent input.
if he realy feels this way, then he shouldnt have spoke at the repulican convention.
democrats and republicans are the same. they just have different groups of people they are trying to make rich.
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A basic income policy can actually ensure a decent standard of living for everyone.
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