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Clint Eastwood (Sans Chair) Talks Politics, Bemoans Lack Of Bipartisanship

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Clint Eastwood is sounding off on politics once again, only this time, he sounds a lot less confused than he did at the Republican National Convention when he gave his now-infamous “empty chair” speech.

On CNBC Friday, Eastwood talked about the political climate in this country, bemoaning the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. In his opinion, the disputes between the two major political parties will only leave the people complacent and complicate national politics all the more.

“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?”

The actor and director gave credit to Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles for at least trying to work together in 2010. As our nation’s financial woes continue to build up, Eastwood would like to see the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (best known as Simpson-Bowles) make a comeback.

“They were just dismissed, and that was the end of it,” Eastwood said. “They’re probably smarter than most.”

The Simpson-Bowles plan would have cut the federal deficit by $4 trillion, reduced debt by 60 percent by 2023, and eliminated the deficit completely by 2035. Despite some support from characters on both sides of the aisle, NY Times economist Paul Krugman denounced the plan as “unserious,” and the plan’s deep spending cuts to Social Security were criticized by opponents.

What do you think? Do you agree with Clint Eastwood? Should there be more bipartisan cooperation like Simpson-Bowles?

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8 Responses to “Clint Eastwood (Sans Chair) Talks Politics, Bemoans Lack Of Bipartisanship”

  1. Anonymous

    As I've read detailed economic articles on this issue, words of economists and analysts who have had lifetime careers in economics and have knowledge and experience reaching over decades, I've said to myself "Well I'm not going to come to ANY conclusions until I know what Clint Eastwood thinks!" Yeah he is a person like any other and has every right to his various opinions etc, but until the opinions of my mailman, next door neighbor, and doctor make headlines too, this is just ridiculous.

  2. Anonymous

    Hhe didn't really "say" ANYTHING but gibberish. It was pure babble.

  3. Anonymous

    let's face it folks, the liberals all are a bunch of communists, and they have one agenda in mind, and that's the complete destruction of America. They won't be satisfied until all of capitalism is abolished, the constitution torn up, and a nazi form of government replaces our freedoms. Don't believe this? Read the Earth's final days written by 13 famous ministers, and authors. Why are we in bed with the federal reserve, an offshore bank, that has done nothing but make our young men and women fight their foreign wars, causing us to have an enormous national debt. This is just one question that no politicianl is not about to answer. Why is the CFR, the UN, and other outside entitiies given sooo much credibility? Why is Academia so kockeyed and backwards when it comes teaching discipline, and supporting moral teaching, yes, and I mean teaching from the Holy Bible, the first real text book in America.