I liked Bill Clinton’s speech last night. He did a good job of using his charisma to package the use of actual numbers and statistics in his speech. It seems to me that politicians nowadays prefer to rely more and more on clever turns of phrase, rather than actual facts and figures to get their points across. Clinton certainly had some one-liners, but he also gave some pretty involved explanations of things. I especially liked his observation that “Today, interest rates are low, lower than the rate of inflation. People are practically paying us to borrow money”.
I am still not a fan of saying the stimulus “created or saved” jobs, which he did at least once. That sounds like weasel words, and even though I assume the “saved” idea is based on models and projections of the economy without the stimulus, those are still just models, and it feels shady to take credit for preventing something you assume would have happened. They should stick with just “created”.
All in all, though, a very good speech.