July 12, 2005 /

Bill Clinton to the Rescue

In 1992 when Bill Clinton became our President, he was faced with a load of problems. The top two were a budget that was in a record deficit and dealing with a post cold war world. While dodging almost every kind of bullet the right shot at him, he succeeded in both. It’s no secret […]

In 1992 when Bill Clinton became our President, he was
faced with a load of problems. The top two were a budget that was in a record
deficit and dealing with a post cold war world. While dodging almost every kind
of bullet the right shot at him, he succeeded in both.

It’s no secret the right had to go on the offensive and
start attacking him with everything from “shady” real estate deals right down to
a blow job. They went as far as voting for impeachment because of the President
lying under oath and committing perjury, something that Karl Rove may have done
and the right now views as a minor crime.

Now Reuters is reporting that Bill Clinton is holding a
private summit this September in order to deal with the woes that are facing
this world. They include everything from terrorism to poverty.

Here is the entire article as published via Yahoo and can
be viewed

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says he is intent on
finding ways the private sector can solve some of the world’s most pressing
problems from poverty to terrorism.

As host of a meeting in New York later this year of private
and public sector leaders, Clinton said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday
there are plenty of problems governments simply cannot address.

“What I’m trying to do is figure out what private sector
people can do,” said Clinton, 58, who left office in 2001 after eight years in
the White House which saw the longest-ever U.S. economic expansion but were
dogged by personal scandal.

“It’s unrealistic to think all the world’s problems will be
solved only by government actions,” he said at his home in suburban New York.

“If I were president and I had a Congress that was
two-thirds Democrat and we were starting with a budget surplus of prosperity,
there would still be needs in the world I would like to see met that the
American government could not meet entirely,” he said.

“If you’re a nongovernmental organization or a corporation,
you can say, ‘I’m going to do this and do it now.”‘

The Clinton Global Initiative, to be held Sept. 15-17 in
New York to coincide with the United Nations’ General Assembly, eyes four topics
— poverty, corruption, climate change and religious and ethnic reconciliation.

Everyone who participates must make a specific commitment
to be fulfilled by the next annual meeting, he said. For example, a corporation
might commit to building schoolrooms in Kenya or sending educational materials
to Mexico.

Anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people might attend, he said.

People expected to attend run the gamut from British Prime
Minister Tony Blair to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and News Corp. head
Rupert Murdoch.

Clinton has said he got the idea for the meeting from
Davos, where the World Economic Forum meets each year in Switzerland. That
meeting has come under fire by critics who complain it is all talk and no

“If you come to my meeting, at the end I want you to make a
commitment,” Clinton said. “If we did one of these every year at the opening of
the UN … and these commitments were made and kept for a decade, I think it
would change the world.”

One of the youngest former U.S. presidents when he left
office, Clinton has established the William J. Clinton Foundation, opened his
presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was governor, written
his autobiography and most recently served as a U.N. envoy for tsunami relief.

Discussions of ethnic and religious reconciliation will
naturally include the issue of terrorism, as will discussions of governments’
ability to operate effectively, he said.

“When governments don’t have the capacity to deliver the
goods, to operate efficiently, to generate economic opportunities, to bring in
investment, to give people something to look forward to when they get up in the
morning, then that makes them more vulnerable to terror,” he said.

But he stressed that security remains a government issue.

Clinton travels next week to Africa for former South
African President Nelson Mandela’s 87th birthday celebration, then to Tanzania,
Mozambique, Rwanda, Lesotho and Kenya.

While Clinton said his health was good after heart surgery
last year and follow-up surgery this year, his plans to start jogging again have
been postponed until after the Africa trip.

“When I was jogging, I didn’t feel like maybe it was quite
settled inside so I decided I’d walk another couple of months and then start,
but I feel good,” he said.

He was mum on any political plans by his wife, Democratic
Sen. Hillary Clinton who faces reelection in New York next year. She is
considered a strong contender among the Democrats who want to retake the White
House in 2008.

“The honest answer, which no one believes, is I don’t know,
and I don’t want to know because I want her to focus only on getting reelected,”
he said. “I want her service to be ratified by the people of New York and, until
that happens, I don’t think she can afford to think about anything else.”

Certain rules apply in the Clinton household, he added.
“One of them is you never look past the next election because if you do, you
might not get past the next election,” he said.

So now the President who the Republican’s felt wasn’t even
good enough to run our country is once again coming to the rescue. All I can say
to that is GO BILL!!!!

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