Cain vs. Clinton, 1993
In a televised townhall-style meeting on President Clinton’s health care plan in 1993-94, Herman Cain, then the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, engaged the president in a cogent, numbers-intensive discussion of the costs to his business that would be caused by the Clinton requirement that businesses pay for their employees’ health insurance.
In watching this video, three things struck me:HS writes:
This video is incredible. Can you imagine that level of substantive discussion in American politics today? Not only are they able to speak to each other without interruption, but the moderator and TV producer actually expect their viewership to understand and remain interested in the exchange, without inane banners flashing on the bottom of the screen, providing a middle-school reading-level summary. By any standard, the societal expectations of the average American have declined precipitously since 1993. However, by the end of the video, you can see the beginnings of the “you have your reality, I have mine”-style of politicking that is so dominant today.LA replies:
It’s funny to hear someone speaking of 1993 as a lost golden age of American culture and politics. However, I agree with you that the extended exchange between Cain and Clinton—containing not a single extraneous word—was extraordinary.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 02, 2011 09:09 PM | Send