Tuesday, June 22, 2004

MY LONG-WINDED LIFE (aka CLINTON BLOGGING)


Yes, I now own a copy of Clinton's My Life as of last night about five minutes after midnight. My first impression: heavy. What a tome. Spent an hour late last night thumbing through the first 375 pages and to my disappointment, there were no pictures of Jennifer Flowers, Monica's dress, or any of the other floosie tail that Clinton bagged in is years in politics.

To call these memoirs is something of a misnomer. There is no way that Clinton "remembered" everything he put into the book. I'm thinking particularly of his amateur political history of his coming of age, college life during the VietNam War era, and early career. Let there be no doubt it took a great deal of research assistance to reconstruct all that history.

Now it's time for the next 600 pages. Here's what I'll be looking for: Clinton's decision to table health care reform and spend all his political capital passing a balanced budget, NAFTA and the WTO; the response to the Peso crisis and the Asian financial crisis; the role of business in White House policy decisions relating to the IFIs, globalization, consolidating American financial hegemony (e.g. repealing Glass-Stegall), etc.

Stay tuned...

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