President Clinton was always loose with his words, and now it seems Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has plagiarized a page from his book.

How she can in one breath extol the virtues of the free market, and then completely bastardize what the free market is, is amazing to me. On the other hand, the fact that it works and media laps it up like Thanksgiving gravy is sad to me.

Remember her quote, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good” last year? It is with this amount of gymnastic flexibility with reality and word meaning that she delivers this line:

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

I’ll paraphrase, “Keeping the government out of the market is the best thing for it. I will regulate the hell out of the market to force it to work like a free market, then redistribute any money it generates.”

Where did I get the redistribution part?

“Clinton also said she would help people save more money by expanding and simplifying the earned income tax credit…”

The earned income tax credit is, let’s face it, welfare. It’s basically someone else’s money given to you because you didn’t earn enough money to pay taxes. I have to assume, given the rest of the article, “simplify” means to give more people more of other people’s money. Which is great, as long as you don’t aspire to ever be in a situation where you will be able to take care of yourself. Kind of how welfare causes an endless cycle of dependence in the first place.

More of the same from the same old crowd.