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Clinton, Hillary Rodham, Living History, Simon & Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0-7432-2224-5

Hillary started in politics as a teenager, first working for the Republican party, her father's party, then she became a Democrat during her college years.  She is a strong advocate of children's rights.  The book is a compelling story of the Clinton years from the viewpoint of a committed and highly involved First Lady.

Quotes Barry Goldwater: “Don't raise hell about the gays, the blacks, and the Mexicans. Free people have a right to do as they damn please.” [page 21]

In 1992, thirty-seven million Americans were uninsured. [page 144]

... This terrible cycle of escalating costs and declining coverage was largely the result of a growing number of uninsured Americans. Patients without insurance seldom could afford to pay for their medical expenses out-of-pocket, so their costs were absorbed by the doctors and hospitals who treated them. Doctors and hospitals, in turn, raised their rates to cover the expense of patients who weren't covered or couldn't pay, ... Insurers, confronted with having to cover higher doctor and hospital rates, began trimming coverage and raising the price of premiums, deductibles and co-payments for people with insurance. As the price of premiums went up, fewer employers were willing or able to provide coverage for their workers, so more people lost their insurance. And so the vicious cycle continued...” [page 145]

The administrative costs [of Medicare] are far lower than those of private health insurance providing coverage. [page 146]

Quotes Will Rogers: “[question:] Are you a member of any organized political party?” “[answer:] No, I'm a Democrat.” [page 149]

[Proposed public health care system by the Clintons would have been] a quasi-private system called “managed competition” that relied on private market forces to drive down costs through competition. The government would have a smaller role, including setting standards for benefit packages and organizing purchasing cooperatives. ...model was the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan, which covered nine million federal employees ... system would allow patients to choose their own doctors ... [page 150]

Quote from a speech by Hillary: “We need a new politics of meaning. We need a new definition of civil society which answers the unanswerable questions posed by both the market forces and the government ones, as to how we can have a society that fills us up again and make us feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves.” [page 161]

David Brock, the author of the Spectator article, was seized by an attack of conscience in 1998 and publicly apologized to Bill and me for the lies he had spread about us. He was so consumed with building his right-wing credentials that he allowed himself to be used politically even when he had doubts about his sources. His memoir, Blinded by the Right, published in 2002, chronicles his years as a self-described right wing hit man. [page 209]

... he [Arpiad Goncz, president of Hungary, 1998] warned about Islamic extremists and argued that the same expansionist impulses that had let the Ottoaman Empire to the gates of Budapest ... were again thriving among Muslim fundamentalists.” [page 361]

The doctors at the Almaty [Kazakhstan] clinic told me that the rates of both abortion and natural deaths were decreasing, further proof that our practical policy was more effective at making abortion rare than the Republicans' more visceral anti-contraception approach” [page 431]

In developing nations, the educational infrastructure for both boys and girls must be a priority and understanding the role that madrassas [radical Muslim fundamentalist schools] play in the Islamic world is crucial. In countries like Pakistan where public schools are often unaffordable, they might be the only option for the sons of ambitious poor parents.” [page 432]

[Bill Clinton, 1999] ... gave a forceful speech to the U. N. about the growing threat of international terrorism and the urgent need for a united response...” [page 479]

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On January 23rd, 2005 08:15 am (UTC), scottscidmore commented:
Barry was giving fits to the Reagan era Republicans, I think he actually liked doing it. I enjoyed seeing some news story on him and wondering how the RNC would react. You can see where Karl Hess was coming from, Barry just never was able to cut that loose.

I think that Hillary has a good point re "new politics of meaning" I've been reading a bit on the changes that occurred as the Welfare State replaced the Church or Church-State in Europe; as well as reflecting on the changes in this country since the 18th century. I don't know if if is possible to get any such idea in general discussion, given the way both major parties' power brokers run things, and the way most minor parties like to paint themselves into corners.

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