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The Clinton Presidency: A Historic Era of Progress and Prosperity

  • Longest economic expansion in American history
    The President's strategy of fiscal discipline, open foreign markets and investments in the American people helped create the conditions for a record 115 months of economic expansion. Our economy has grown at an average of 4 percent per year since 1993.
  • More than 22 million new jobs
    More than 22 million jobs were created in less than eight years -- the most ever under a single administration, and more than were created in the previous twelve years.
  • Highest homeownership in American history
    A strong economy and fiscal discipline kept interest rates low, making it possible for more families to buy homes. The homeownership rate increased from 64.2 percent in 1992 to 67. 7 percent, the highest rate ever.
  • Lowest unemployment in 30 years
    Unemployment dropped from more than 7 percent in 1993 to just 4.0 percent in November 2000. Unemployment for African Americans and Hispanics fell to the lowest rates on record, and the rate for women is the lowest in more than 40 years.
  • Raised education standards, increased school choice, and doubled education and training investment
    Since 1992, reading and math scores have increased for 4th, 8th, and 12th graders, math SAT scores are at a 30-year high, the number of charter schools has grown from 1 to more than 2,000, forty-nine states have put in place standards in core subjects and federal investment in education and training has doubled.
  • Largest expansion of college opportunity since the GI Bill
    President Clinton and Vice President Gore have nearly doubled financial aid for students by increasing Pell Grants to the largest award ever, expanding Federal Work-Study to allow 1 million students to work their way through college, and by creating new tax credits and scholarships such as Lifetime Learning tax credits and the HOPE scholarship. At the same time, taxpayers have saved $18 billion due to the decline in student loan defaults, increased collections and savings from the direct student loan program.
  • Connected 95 percent of schools to the Internet
    President Clinton and Vice President Gore's new commitment to education technology, including the E-Rate and a 3,000 percent increase in educational technology funding, increased the percentage of schools connected to the Internet from 35 percent in 1994 to 95 percent in 1999.
  • Lowest crime rate in 26 years
    Because of President Clinton's comprehensive anti-crime strategy of tough penalties, more police, and smart prevention, as well as common sense gun safety laws, the overall crime rate declined for 8 consecutive years, the longest continuous drop on record, and is at the lowest level since 1973.
  • 100,000 more police for our streets
    As part of the 1994 Crime Bill, President Clinton enacted a new initiative to fund 100,000 community police officers. To date more than 11,000 law enforcement agencies have received COPS funding.
  • Enacted most sweeping gun safety legislation in a generation
    Since the President signed the Brady bill in 1993, more than 600,000 felons, fugitives, and other prohibited persons have been stopped from buying guns. Gun crime has declined 40 percent since 1992.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act for 20 million Americans
    To help parents succeed at work and at home, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993. Over 20 million Americans have taken unpaid leave to care for a newborn child or sick family member.
  • Smallest welfare rolls in 32 years
    The President pledged to end welfare as we know it and signed landmark bipartisan welfare reform legislation in 1996. Since then, caseloads have been cut in half, to the lowest level since 1968, and millions of parents have joined the workforce. People on welfare today are five times more likely to be working than in 1992.
  • Higher incomes at all levels
    After falling by nearly $2,000 between 1988 and 1992, the median family's income rose by $6,338, after adjusting for inflation, since 1993. African American family income increased even more, rising by nearly $7,000 since 1993. After years of stagnant income growth among average and lower income families, all income brackets experienced double-digit growth since 1993. The bottom 20 percent saw the largest income growth at 16.3 percent.
  • Lowest poverty rate in 20 years
    Since Congress passed President Clinton's Economic Plan in 1993, the poverty rate declined from 15.1 percent to 11.8 percent last year — the largest six-year drop in poverty in nearly 30 years. There are now 7 million fewer people in poverty than in 1993. The child poverty rate declined more than 25 percent, the poverty rates for single mothers, African Americans and the elderly have dropped to their lowest levels on record, and Hispanic poverty dropped to its lowest level since 1979.
  • Lowest teen birth rate in 60 years
    In his 1995 State of the Union Address, President Clinton challenged Americans to join together in a national campaign against teen pregnancy. The birth rate for teens aged 15-19 declined every year of the Clinton Presidency, from 60.7 per 1,000 teens in 1992 to a record low of 49.6 in 1999.
  • Lowest infant mortality rate in American history
    The Clinton Administration expanded efforts to provide mothers and newborn children with health care. Today, a record high 82 percent of all mothers receive prenatal care. The infant mortality rate has dropped from 8.5 deaths per 1,000 in 1992 to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 in 1998, the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Deactivated more than 1,700 nuclear warheads from the former Soviet Union
    Efforts of the Clinton-Gore Administration led to the dismantling of more than 1,700 nuclear warheads, 300 launchers and 425 land and submarine based missiles from the former Soviet Union.
  • Protected millions of acres of American land
    President Clinton has protected more land in the lower 48 states than any other president. He has protected 5 new national parks, designated 11 new national monuments and expanded two others and proposed protections for 60 million acres of roadless areas in America's national forests.
  • Paid off $360 billion of the national debt
    Between 1998-2000, the national debt was reduced by $363 billion — the largest three-year debt pay-down in American history. We are now on track to pay off the entire debt by 2009.
  • Converted the largest budget deficit in American history to the largest surplus
    Thanks in large part to the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, and President Clinton's call to save the surplus for debt reduction, Social Security, and Medicare solvency, America has put its fiscal house in order. The deficit was $290 billion in 1993 and expected to grow to $455 billion by this year. Instead, we have a projected surplus of $237 billion.
  • Lowest government spending in three decades
    Under President Clinton federal government spending as a share of the economy has decreased from 22.2 percent in 1992 to a projected 18.5 percent in 2000, the lowest since 1966.
  • Lowest federal income tax burden in 35 years
    President Clinton enacted targeted tax cuts such as the Earned Income Tax Credit expansion, $500 child tax credit, and the HOPE Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits. Federal income taxes as a percentage of income for the typical American family have dropped to their lowest level in 35 years.
  • More families own stock than ever before
    The number of families owning stock in the United States increased by 40 percent since 1992.
  • Most diverse cabinet in American history
    The President has appointed more African Americans, women and Hispanics to the Cabinet than any other President in history. He appointed the first female Attorney General, the first female Secretary of State and the first Asian American cabinet secretary ever.

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15 Ways Bill Clinton’s White House Failed America and the World

 

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Photo Credit: Image by Shutterstock, Copyright © Joseph SohnClinton has used this popularity to build his enormously ambitious global foundation, collecting $2 billion in assets for many anti-poverty and health initiatives, as well as building a personal fortune from speechmaking estimated at $30 million or more. In recent years, most of the public has forgotten what Clinton did as president, even as he has steadily been in the news.

But for more than a year before Hillary Clinton launched her latest presidential campaign, Bill Clinton has been selectively telling media outlets that he made some mistakes as president and might have acted otherwise. He's even tried to recast actual events and been taken to task by fact-checkers who recall his leading role in what became major crises, such as the 2008 global financial implosion.

What follows are 15 ways Bill Clinton’s presidency did not serve America or the world, and in many ways deepened and perpetuated the problems we face today. This article was prepared by AlterNet staff members Janet Allon, Michael Arria, Jan Frel, Tana Ganeva, Kali Holloway, Zaid Jilani, Adam Johnson, Steven Rosenfeld, Phillip Smith, Terrell Jermaine Starr and Carrie Weissman.

1. Prison-loving president. In May, on the heels of the unrest in Baltimore sparked by Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, Clinton apologized for locking too many people up. Thanks, Bill.

The 2.4 million people in prison and the 160,000 Americans serving life in prison largely because of his policies might be excused for not accepting Clinton's apology. Tag-teaming with ex-President Ronald Reagan, Clinton is the president most responsible for the mass incarceration of Americans on an epic scale. The gung-ho crime fighter-in-chief passed the single most damaging law with his omnibus federal crime bill in 1994, which included the infamous “three strikes” law (three felony convictions means a life sentence) and ensured that mandatory minimum sentences imprisoned even low-level, non-violent offenders for a long, long time.

Clinton discussed his regrets about the crime bill with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "The problem is the way it was written and implemented is we cast too wide a net and we had too many people in prison," he said. "And we wound up... putting so many people in prison that there wasn't enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out so they could live productive lives."

All true, except it was not just lack of funds that eliminated education and rehabilitation programs in prison, it was a deliberate choice. Sensing the political popularity of being tough on crime, Clinton fully embraced the lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key mentality, and gloated about three strikes. It strains credulity to think that this exceptionally intelligent man did not understand the dire consequences of what he was doing, as his wife now says.

Clinton’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 helped set the national mood. Dozens of states followed with their own mandatory minimum laws. While there is some talk today of criminal justice reform on a minor level (like for low-level drug offenses), no one is talking about the all-but-forgotten population doing hard time thanks in large part to Clinton.

2. Punitive welfare reform. The consequences of Bill Clinton’s welfare reform bill have been devastating for millions of American families. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 took a page directly from Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America. In an atmosphere steeped in decades of conservative scaremongering around the specter of sexually reckless “welfare queens,” Clinton’s 1992 campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it” played directly to white voters' fears of black crime and poverty. Twenty years after scrapping the longstanding Aid to Families with Dependent Children in favor of the right wing’s underfunded and more punitive vision, the number of poor American children has exploded and black welfare recipients are subject to the system’s most stringent rules.

In 2012, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that while “in 1996, for every 100 families with children living in poverty, TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] provided cash aid to 68 families,” that number plunged to 27 out of every 100 families living in poverty by 2010. Conservatives trumpet these numbers, often citing the fact that nationally, TANF enrollment fell 58 percent between 1995-2010. But they neglect to mention that the number of poor families with children rose 17 percent in the same period.

Sociologist Joe Soss, who has examined the long-term racial consequences of welfare reform, which allowed states to decide how funds were allotted and eligibility determined, also noted that, “all of the states with more African Americans on the welfare rolls chose tougher rules…[E]ven though the Civil Rights Act prevents the government from creating different programs for black and white recipients, when states choose according to this pattern, it ends up that large numbers of African Americans get concentrated in the states with the toughest rules, and large numbers of white recipients get concentrated in the states with the more lenient rules.”

3. Wall Street’s Deregulator-in-Chief. As president, Clinton outdid the GOP when it came to unleashing Wall Street’s worst instincts, by supporting and signing into law more financial deregulation legislation than any other president, according to the Columbia Journalism Review.

He didn’t just push the Democrats controlling the House to pass a bill (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) that dissolved the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law, which barred investment banks from commercial banking activities. He deregulated the risky derivatives market (Commodity Futures Modernization Act), gutted state regulation of banks (Riegle-Neal) leading to a wave of banking mergers, and reappointed Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve chair. In recent years, Clinton has ludicrously claimed that the GOP forced him to do this, which led in no small part to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the too-big-to-fail ethos, with the federal government obligated to bail out multinational banks while doing little for individual account holders.

“What happened?” he told CNN in 2013. “The American people gave the Congress to a group of very conservative Republicans. When they passed bills with veto-proof majority with a lot of Democrats voting for it, that I couldn’t stop, all of a sudden we turn out to be maniacal deregulators. I mean, come on.” As CJR put it, “This is, to be kind, bullshit,” reciting a list of Clinton deregulatory actions that began while Democrats were the majority, starting with appointing “Robert Rubin and Larry Summers in the Treasury, which officially did in Glass-Steagall and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which left the derivatives market a laissez-faire Wild West.”

CJR concludes, “The bottom line is: Bill Clinton was responsible for more damaging financial deregulation—and thus, for the [2008] financial crisis—than any other president.”

4. Gutted manufacturing via trade agreements. Bill Clinton helped gut America’s manufacturing base by promoting and passing the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, in 1993, when Democrats controlled Congress. That especially resonates today, when another Democratic president, Barack Obama, and Republicans in Congress, are allied against labor unions and liberal Democrats to pass its like-minded descendant, the Trans Pacific Partnership. “NAFTA signaled that the Democratic Party—the “progressive” side of the U.S. two-party system—had accepted the reactionary economic ideology of Ronald Reagan,” wrote Jeff Faux, on the Economic Policy Institute Working Economics Blog.

In 1979, then-candidate Reagan proposed a trade pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But the Democrats who controlled the Congress would not approve it until Clinton pushed it in his first year in office. NAFTA has affected U.S. workers in four major ways, EPI said. It caused the permanent loss of 700,000 manufacturing jobs in industrial states such as California, Texas and Michigan. It gave corporate managers an excuse to cut wages and benefits, threatening otherwise to move to Mexico. Selling U.S. farm products in Mexico “dislocated millions of Mexican workers and their families,” which “was a major cause in the dramatic increase in undocumented workers flowing into the U.S. labor market.” And NAFTA became a “template for rules of the emerging global economy, in which the benefits would flow to capital and the costs to labor.”

The World Trade Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund all applied NAFTA's principles, which gave corporations the power to challenge local laws protecting health and safety if they cut into profits—like labeling tobacco packaging. The NAFTA “doctrine of socialism for capital and free markets for labor” could also be seen in the way the U.S. government “organized the rescue of the world’s banks and corporate investors and let workers fend for themselves” in the Mexican peso crisis of 1994-'95, the Asian financial crash of 1997, and the global financial meltdown of 2008.

5. No LGBT equality: Defense of Marriage Act. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was one of conservatives' biggest victories in the 1990s. Passed by Congress and signed into law by Clinton in 1996, the bill defined spouse as "heterosexual" and deprived legally wed same-sex couples of many significant benefits, from Social Security benefits to hospital visitation rights. It allowed states to refuse legal recognition of couples married in other states.

Writing in the New Yorker, Clinton's former advisor on gay issues, Richard Socarides, addressed why he signed the wildly discriminatory legislation. For one thing, Socarides said that Clinton's political opponents outmaneuvered him. He also chalks up the president's decision as "a failure to imagine how quickly gay rights would evolve." The former president was hardly an ardent supporter of the legislation. The New York Times noted, "Mr. Clinton considered it a gay-baiting measure, but was unwilling to risk re-election by vetoing it."

But the damage was done. For almost a decade, same-sex couples suffered financial and emotional hardships. Gay couples weren't allowed to make medical decisions for their partners, couldn't get the major tax breaks afforded to heterosexual couples, and faced unequal treatment in many other areas of law. In 2013, Clinton stated his opposition to the law. That year, in a major gay rights victory, the Supreme Court declared DOMA’s Section 3 (which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman) unconstitutional. Today, 37 states have legalized same-sex marriage, and in coming days, the Supreme Court is expected to do so.

6. Expanded the war on drugs. Although Clinton called for treatment instead of prison for drug offenders during his 1992 campaign, once in office he reverted to the same drug war strategies of his Republican predecessors. He rejected the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recommendation to eliminate the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences. He rejected lifting the federal ban on funding for needle exchange programs. He placed a permanent eligibility ban on food stamps for anyone convicted of a felony drug offense, even marijuana possession. And he prohibited felons from living in public housing.

He also championed the 1994 crime bill, a $30 billion effort that included more mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine, extra funds for states that severely punished convicts, limited judges' discretion in sentencing, and allocated billions for federal prison construction and expansion. During Clinton's tenure, federal prison spending jumped $19 billion (171%), while funding for public housing declined by $17 billion (61%). Under Clinton, nearly $1 billion in state spending shifted from education to prisons.

The U.S. prison population doubled from about 600,000 to about 1.2 million during the Clinton years, and the federal prison population swelled even more dramatically, driven almost entirely by drug war prosecutions. Yet a month before leaving office, Clinton said in a Rolling Stone interview that "we really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment" of drug users and that pot smoking "should be decriminalized." If only he had acted on those sentiments when it mattered.

7. Expanded the death penalty. When running for president in 1992, then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton allowed his state to execute Ricky Ray Rector, a convicted murderer with severe mental impairments. Despite much criticism, Clinton's decision not to commute the sentence not only established his tough-on-crime credentials as a national candidate, it also became a precedent to the expansion of the federal death penalty under his White House.

Clinton’s 1994 crime bill expanded the death penalty to 60 additional crimes including three that don’t involve murder: espionage, treason and drug trafficking in large amounts. Throughout his presidency he ignored calls for a national moratorium on federal executions. In April 1996, Clinton followed up and signed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) into law. Introduced by Kansas Republican Sen. Bob Dole in response to the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995, it severely restricted the ability of federal judges to grant relief in cases, reduced trials for convicted criminals and sped up the sentencing process.

In 2011, Troy Davis, an African American convicted of killing an off-duty cop, was put to death in Georgia. Davis’ case sparked nationwide protests as many believed he was innocent. There was no evidence linking him to the crime and seven witnesses who helped put him on Death Row later recanted their testimony.

Many believe Bill Clinton helped seal Davis’ fate years before. Many of Davis’ appeals were denied for procedural reasons and his 2004 petition, which included the recanted testimony and the possible identity of the killer, was rejected by the federal judge since, under current regulations, such evidence has to be presented first in state court. Davis’ defense was unable to do that because, shortly before AEDPA became law, Congress slashed $20 million from post-conviction legal defense organizations. In a piece in Time, Brendan Lowe quoted Dale Baich, an assistant federal public defender in Arizona: “The bottom line is that the AEDPA is very harsh and unforgiving.”

8. Returned to Cold War priorities. As the Soviet Union collapsed, the U.S. under President George H.W. Bush forged ahead with the same imperialist stance toward Europe. As Bush's successor, Clinton had an historic opportunity to attempt a cooperative, non-aggressive international model based on international law. While his administration frequently gave lip service to these ideals, a far-reaching economic and political agenda to bring Eastern Europe into the NATO-E.U.-U.S. orbit was in the works. As Clinton's former national security advisor Anthony Lake summarized, "Throughout the cold war, we contained a global threat to market democracies: now we should seek to enlarge their reach." And enlarge they did.

The Clinton administration intervened massively across the former Soviet satellite states of Eastern Europe, with direct interventions in the Balkans through NATO, corporate buyouts of industry from Poland to the Czech Republic, and the notorious "shock doctrine" of neoliberal economic reforms in exchange for IMF loans: cutting wages and corporate taxes, increasing working hours and slashing social programs. Bringing the Baltic states and Eastern Bloc countries into military arrangements associated with NATO, and establishing a major military garrison in the Balkans, Bill Clinton set the stage for the clash on Russia's border in Ukraine currently overseen by Obama, which could last for decades and undermine the process of integrating Russia into the industrialized world.

9. Joycelyn Elders and the culture war. At a 1994 U.N. Conference on AIDS, the U.S. Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, was asked if “a more explicit discussion and promotion of masturbation” could help limit the spread of the virus. Elders said she was “a very strong advocate” of teaching sex education in schools “at a very early age.” She added, “As per your specific question in regard to masturbation, I think that it is something that is a part of human sexuality and it’s a part of something that perhaps should be taught. But we’ve not even taught our children the very basics.”

Less than a month later, Elders was asked for her resignation. She had spent just 15 month serving as Surgeon General of the Public Health Service under the Clinton administration. As Arkansas governor, Clinton had appointed her director of the state’s Health Department, the first African American to hold the title.

Elders later clarified that she'd suggested not to teach schoolchildren how to masturbate, but that masturbation is a natural part of human sexuality. “People have taken a lot of things I’ve said in a most unusual way,” she said. However, Clinton White House chief of staff Leon E. Panetta said her comment was, “just one too many,” and her remarks on masturbation were “not what a surgeon general should say.” Elders has also endorsed legalizing drugs and giving out birth control in high schools.

Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, "It's good for the country and good for the president that she's departed." But as the New York Times reported, Elders' dismissal was met with heavy criticism from gay rights organizations, abortion rights groups and liberal organizations like People for the American Way. The New York City chapter of Planned Parenthood commented, "Mr. Clinton will be making a serious political mistake if he continues to try to out-Newt Mr. Gingrich.”

10. Turning Lincoln Bedroom into fundraising condo. The Lincoln Bedroom is an historic bedroom on the second floor of the White House that was at one time Abraham Lincoln's personal office. Under Clinton, it served another purpose: an overnight apartment for top political donors. Between 1995 and 1996, donors who gave a total of $5.4 million to the Democratic National Committee—including businessman William Rollnick, who gave $235,000 to the DNC, and investor Dirk Ziff, who gave $411,000—stayed overnight as White House guests.

Clinton had few doubts about the idea. When originally pitched to him in a note by deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes, the president responded, “Ready to start overnights right away.” Sadly, Clinton started a trend. On the campaign trail, George W. Bush criticized Clinton for “virtually renting out the Lincoln Bedroom to big campaign donors.” Yet when Bush took office he continued the practice, handing the location over to donors who had given him over $100,000 and personal friends, including Texas oilman Joe O'Neill and Republican National Committee fundraiser Brad Freeman.

11. Bombed Sudanese pharmaceutical plant. On Aug. 20, 1998 the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum North, Sudan was annihilated by a cruise missile strike launched by the Clinton administration. President Clinton claimed the plant was making a deadly nerve agent and maintained connections to Osama bin Laden, who was unknown to most Americans at the time. Sudan claimed it was a factory producing medicines that saved thousands.

The factory’s owner, Salah Idris, denied the allegations vehemently and unsuccessfully tried to sue the U.S. government. According to a U.K. Guardian story, the plant "provided 50 percent of Sudan’s medicines” and was the country’s main source of anti-malaria drugs. Germany’s ambassador to Sudan, Werner Daum, says the bombing led to "several tens of thousands of deaths” and Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to the president explaining how it had slowed down relief efforts in the region. In his book, Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror, Jason Burke credits the bombing with bolstering terrorism: “[it] confirmed to [bin Laden and his cohorts], and others with similar views worldwide, that their conception of the world as a cosmic struggle between good and evil was the right one.” Noam Chomsky has written that the bombing’s consequences “may be comparable” to the attacks of September 11.

12. Doubled down on Iraq sanctions. Due to President George W. Bush’s disastrous war of choice in Iraq, people forget Bill Clinton’s Iraq humanitarian disaster: U.S. sanctions that decimated the Iraqi economy, crippled the civilian infrastructure, and according to a 1999 UNICEF survey, ultimately led to the deaths of more than 500,000 children. Though the sanctions began under President George H.W. Bush in 1990, Clinton expanded them, insisting a week before he took office in 1993, “There is no difference between my policy and the policy of the [bush] administration” and squashing any subsequent effort to rein them in.

In 1996, Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright continued to defend the sanctions. By 2000, some members of Congress cited an increasing number of reports of the humanitarian crisis, calling for an end to sanctions. House Democratic Whip David Bonior referred to it as “infanticide masquerading as policy.” But Clinton refused to budge, defending the policy until the end of his presidency in 2001. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden cited the sanctions as one of his primary motives behind the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, DC later that year.

13. Political smears: Sistah Souljah. Clinton was highly regarded by African Americans during the 1992 election cycle for his ability to articulate how racism impacted their communities. However, when it mattered most, he dropped the ball on race when it was completely unnecessary. It started when he blasted hop-hop artist Sistah Souljah over her comments in a Washington Post article about the Los Angeles riots, which were sparked by the acquittal of several Los Angeles policemen who beat truck driver Rodney King. “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” she said.

Souljah claims she was misquoted. However, a few weeks later, both she and Clinton spoke at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition conference in Washington. Clinton used his appearance to criticize her statements, saying, “We can’t get anywhere in this country pointing the finger at one another across racial lines.” He compared her remarks to former KKK wizard David Duke.

As Matt Bai wrote for Yahoo, Clinton was not going to lose black votes by calling the rapper out. Black people were (and still are) hyper loyal to the Democratic Party. But since Clinton is being reflective about his presidency, perhaps he needs to go back to 1992 and rethink why he used his time at the Rainbow Coalition to appeal to a segment of white voters who may have wanted to see him distance himself from Rev. Jackson, still a key leader in the Democratic Party at the time.

If you read the full Washington Post coverage and listen to some of Sistah Souljah's commentary on white supremacy, you’ll see she makes some valuable points about anti-blackness and structural racism that are worth considering. But Clinton chose not to delve into that. Instead, he preferred to sell a sistah out and play the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show.

14. Knew about coming Rwandan genocide. This might be Clinton’s worst foreign policy failure. Intelligence analysts knew in advance about the plans for the Hutu-led genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda, yet the White House did nothing to try to stop it. In 2013, Clinton told MSNBS that he could have sent some 10,000 U.S. troops to the Central African nation to support a U.N. peacekeeping force and perhaps saved 300,000 lives—about a third of those who perished.

In retrospect, Clinton said, “You can’t stop everything bad that's happening.” He pointed to his success ending sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, the Bosnian war and the 1993 Oslo Accord between Israel and the Palestinians. The fact remains that the White House knew one of the worst genocides since World War II was coming, and did not try to halt it.

15. Escalated America's foreign drug wars. In Clinton's second term, he initiated Plan Colombia, a multibillion-dollar effort to reduce that country's coca and cocaine production and end a decades-long war between Bogota and leftist FARC rebels. While Colombian President Andres Pastrana Arango originally envisioned the initiative as an economic development, roughly 80% of U.S. aid under Plan Colombia was military assistance, making Colombia the third largest recipient of foreign aid after Israel and Egypt.

Plan Colombia strengthened the Colombian military, which was allied with rightist paramilitary groups. It made gains against the drug trade and the FARC, but at a huge cost. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed and hundreds of thousands became internal refugees. Concern over human rights abuses in the Colombian security forces resulted in the passage of the Leahy Provision, which barred anti-drug aid to any military unit involved in human rights abuses.

And then there was Mexico. Early this year when in Mexico, Clinton apologized for the U.S. role in the war on drugs and also for NAFTA, both of which led to violence. “I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault,” he said. Clinton’s policies were a double blow for Mexico. He deepened the drug war’s efforts to reduce U.S. domestic drug use by interdicting flows from abroad, forever changing the nature of Mexico's contraband economy from small-time mom-and-pop operations to the immensely wealthy, powerful and violent cartels of today. Meanwhile, NAFTA opened the floodgates to illegal drugs hidden in the massive flows of legitimate commerce across the border. Large corporations weren't the only beneficiaries of free trade; so were Mexican drug trafficke

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"Bill Clinton signed off on NAFTA, claiming it would create more and better jobs. He ended welfare as we knew it with "Welfare Reform". He escalated the "War on Drugs" and built multiple new prisons, creating the police state we have now ... And the world's leading rate of incarceration ... Disproportionately Black. Bill Clinton repealed Glass-Steagall, deregulating the banking industry, with disastrous results.

 

"During Bill's tenure, Hillary was his co-president. Having been fooled once, it's hard for some to believe what she's saying now. Will she improve the lot of the middle class by, for instance, declaring, once again, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership or will she be in favor of a heavy tax on outsourcing?

 

Will she help ordinary people by consolidating the "too big to fail" big banks even further? Will she provide second rate health care to all Americans by expanding the power of the insurance industry?

 

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33869-hillary-clinton-s-ghosts-a-legacy-of-pushing-the-democratic-party-to-the-right

 

How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party

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Impeached....by the Party of Watergate, Arming Iraq, Arming Iran, Lying to Congress and Arming the Contras, Creating the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Selection 2001, Allowing 9-11 so they could LIE America into Iraq...Creating ISIS, Trickle Down/Record Debt and recession after recession

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Impeached....by the Party of Watergate, Arming Iraq, Arming Iran, Lying to Congress and Arming the Contras, Creating the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Selection 2001, Allowing 9-11 so they could LIE America into Iraq...Creating ISIS, Trickle Down/Record Debt and recession after recession

Funny thing about multiple interpretation of the same talking point, shows how many ways there are in denying the self evident when all interpretations agree on one principle, "Nobody can know everything about every detail reality invents to explain away self evident results specifically displaced when they existed.".

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"Bill Clinton signed off on NAFTA, claiming it would create more and better jobs. He ended welfare as we knew it with "Welfare Reform". He escalated the "War on Drugs" and built multiple new prisons, creating the police state we have now ... And the world's leading rate of incarceration ... Disproportionately Black. Bill Clinton repealed Glass-Steagall, deregulating the banking industry, with disastrous results.

 

"During Bill's tenure, Hillary was his co-president. Having been fooled once, it's hard for some to believe what she's saying now. Will she improve the lot of the middle class by, for instance, declaring, once again, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership or will she be in favor of a heavy tax on outsourcing?

 

Will she help ordinary people by consolidating the "too big to fail" big banks even further? Will she provide second rate health care to all Americans by expanding the power of the insurance industry?

 

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33869-hillary-clinton-s-ghosts-a-legacy-of-pushing-the-democratic-party-to-the-right

 

How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party

https://samsmitharchives.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/6467/

Hmm, NAFTA did create more and better jobs. Read the OP.

 

What have you against Workfare?

 

What have you against escalated drug laws?

 

What have you against more prisons for criminals?

 

What have you against more law enforcement for criminals?

 

Who is arrested on the street is not attributed to Clinton, go talk to law enforcement.

 

You are really an uninformed voter if you still spout the TPP BS Hillary opposes, or to think she aligned herself with Bill. For instance Bill was against abortion and she was for it. All you got is speculation, go read what she stands for.

He lied he was impeached correct?

Yes, for perjury over a BJ, which he was immediately acquitted by the Senate. A lie for getting his cock sucked.

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Impeached....by the Party of Watergate, Arming Iraq, Arming Iran, Lying to Congress and Arming the Contras, Creating the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Selection 2001, Allowing 9-11 so they could LIE America into Iraq...Creating ISIS, Trickle Down/Record Debt and recession after recession

Well Benson, if you haven't read up on the Bush Admin's murder, torture and rape of chained and detained women and children, you might give that some study. The Bush War Crimes are so atrocious that the Pentagon refused to release the information to the public. But they have been pronounced guilty after witnesses testimony in other country's courts for these heinousness crimes. This the real smear of America that we will never recover from until justice is served. The acts are so grievous that the Bush Admin cannot freely leave America or be subject to arrest.

 

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"Yes, for perjury over a BJ, which he was immediately acquitted by the Senate. A lie for getting his cock sucked."

 

How is it no president or elected official is found guilty for breaking laws? Getting acquitted by the senate is more about trying to white wash the party name.

 

 

Many Americans like to remember Bill Clinton as a "great president" for some reason. Well, it turns out that he was completely and totally wrong about NAFTA. The following are 20 facts that show how NAFTA is destroying the economy...

#1 More than 845,000 American workers have been officially certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance because they lost their jobs due to imports from Mexico or Canada or because their factories were relocated to those nations.

#2 Overall, it is estimated that NAFTA has cost us well over a million jobs.

#3 U.S. manufacturers pay Mexican workers just a little over a dollar an hour to do jobs that American workers used to do.

#4 The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has more than doubled since the implementation of NAFTA.

#5 In the year before NAFTA, the U.S. had a trade surplus with Mexico and the trade deficit with Canada was only 29.6 billion dollars. Last year, the U.S. had a combined trade deficit with Mexico and Canada of 177 billion dollars.

#6 It has been estimated that the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

#7 One professor has estimated that cutting the total U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.

#8 Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States. In fact, many of them are now being built in Mexico.

#9 NAFTA hasn't worked out very well for Mexico either. Since 1994, the average yearly rate of economic growth in Mexico has been less than one percent.

#10 The exporting of massive amounts of government-subsidized U.S. corn down into Mexico has destroyed more than a million Mexican jobs and has helped fuel the continual rise in the number of illegal immigrants coming north.

#11 Someone making minimum wage in Mexico today can buy 38 percent fewer consumer goods than the day before NAFTA went into effect.

#12 Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

#13 Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

#14 We have fewer Americans working in manufacturing today than we did in 1950 even though our population has more than doubled since then.

#15 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, only 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#16 As I wrote about recently, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.

#17 Because we have shipped millions of jobs overseas, the competition for the jobs that remain has become extremely intense and this has put downward pressure on wages. Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.

#18 When adults cannot get decent jobs, it is often children that suffer the most. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.

#19 In 1994, only 27 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food stamps.

#20 According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

For much more on this, please watch the video by Charlie LeDuff posted below. It is well worth a few minutes of your time..

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-15/nafta-20-years-old-–-here-are-20-facts-show-how-it-destroying-economy

 

So if NAFTA is so bad for American workers, then why don't our politicians just repeal it?

Well, unfortunately most of them are not willing to do this because it is part of a larger agenda. For decades, politicians from both major political parties have been working to slowly integrate North America. The eventual goal is to turn North America into another version of the European Union.

 

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-15/nafta-20-years-old-–-here-are-20-facts-show-how-it-destroying-economy

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"Yes, for perjury over a BJ, which he was immediately acquitted by the Senate. A lie for getting his cock sucked."

 

How is it no president or elected official is found guilty for breaking laws? Getting acquitted by the senate is more about trying to white wash the party name.

 

 

Many Americans like to remember Bill Clinton as a "great president" for some reason. Well, it turns out that he was completely and totally wrong about NAFTA. The following are 20 facts that show how NAFTA is destroying the economy...

#1 More than 845,000 American workers have been officially certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance because they lost their jobs due to imports from Mexico or Canada or because their factories were relocated to those nations.

#2 Overall, it is estimated that NAFTA has cost us well over a million jobs.

#3 U.S. manufacturers pay Mexican workers just a little over a dollar an hour to do jobs that American workers used to do.

#4 The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has more than doubled since the implementation of NAFTA.

#5 In the year before NAFTA, the U.S. had a trade surplus with Mexico and the trade deficit with Canada was only 29.6 billion dollars. Last year, the U.S. had a combined trade deficit with Mexico and Canada of 177 billion dollars.

#6 It has been estimated that the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

#7 One professor has estimated that cutting the total U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.

#8 Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States. In fact, many of them are now being built in Mexico.

#9 NAFTA hasn't worked out very well for Mexico either. Since 1994, the average yearly rate of economic growth in Mexico has been less than one percent.

#10 The exporting of massive amounts of government-subsidized U.S. corn down into Mexico has destroyed more than a million Mexican jobs and has helped fuel the continual rise in the number of illegal immigrants coming north.

#11 Someone making minimum wage in Mexico today can buy 38 percent fewer consumer goods than the day before NAFTA went into effect.

#12 Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

#13 Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

#14 We have fewer Americans working in manufacturing today than we did in 1950 even though our population has more than doubled since then.

#15 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, only 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#16 As I wrote about recently, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.

#17 Because we have shipped millions of jobs overseas, the competition for the jobs that remain has become extremely intense and this has put downward pressure on wages. Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.

#18 When adults cannot get decent jobs, it is often children that suffer the most. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.

#19 In 1994, only 27 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food stamps.

#20 According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

For much more on this, please watch the video by Charlie LeDuff posted below. It is well worth a few minutes of your time..

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-15/nafta-20-years-old-–-here-are-20-facts-show-how-it-destroying-economy

 

So if NAFTA is so bad for American workers, then why don't our politicians just repeal it?

Well, unfortunately most of them are not willing to do this because it is part of a larger agenda. For decades, politicians from both major political parties have been working to slowly integrate North America. The eventual goal is to turn North America into another version of the European Union.

 

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-15/nafta-20-years-old-–-here-are-20-facts-show-how-it-destroying-economy

Hmm, and so Clinton's crime is he signed off on the Republicans NAFTA that created 22 million jobs? Blame the rest of the laundry list on the Republicans who drafted NAFTA and used it.

 

Now how about answering my questions since you seem so opposed in your laundry list.

 

What have you against Workfare?

 

What have you against escalated drug laws?

 

What have you against more prisons for criminals?

 

What have you against more law enforcement for criminals?

 

Who is arrested on the street is not attributed to Clinton, go talk to law enforcement.

 

You are really an uninformed voter if you still spout the TPP BS Hillary opposes, or to think she aligned herself with Bill. For instance Bill was against abortion and she was for it. All you got is speculation, go read what she stands for.

About prisons follow the money:

 

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Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio photos by Sean Rayford, Hillary Clinton photo by Darren McCollester. All photos provided by Getty Images.

 

https://news.vice.com/article/how-private-prisons-are-profiting-from-locking-up-us-immigrants

Private Prison CEO Unconcerned About Hillary Clinton’s Pledge to End His Industry

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/27/private-prison-trump-clinton/

 

 

Clinton campaign gives private prison lobbyist cash to charity
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Hmm, and so Clinton's crime is he signed off on the Republicans NAFTA that created 22 million jobs? Blame the rest of the laundry list on the Republicans who drafted NAFTA and used it.

 

Now how about answering my questions since you seem so opposed in your laundry list.

 

What have you against Workfare?

 

What have you against escalated drug laws?

 

What have you against more prisons for criminals?

 

What have you against more law enforcement for criminals?

 

Who is arrested on the street is not attributed to Clinton, go talk to law enforcement.

 

You are really an uninformed voter if you still spout the TPP BS Hillary opposes, or to think she aligned herself with Bill. For instance Bill was against abortion and she was for it. All you got is speculation, go read what she stands for.

Private Prison CEO Unconcerned About Hillary Clinton’s Pledge to End His Industry

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/27/private-prison-trump-clinton/

 

 

Clinton campaign gives private prison lobbyist cash to charity
Smoke and mirrors ......
The Obama justice department is now making arrangements to shut down the private large profit private prisons. The private prisons have been making bundles off the
taxpayers. Mostly these prisons are holding immigrants for being in the country illegally and laughing all of the way to the banks.
These immigrants should have been deported instead of taxpayers paying to keep them behind bars. Thanks Bill for screwing the taxpayers.

 

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if anyone to everyone wishes to solve the plight of humanity's social failures throughout history of societal evolution governing human behavior cradle to grave, follow those making policy of law being re-interpreted every decade, not the leaders playing guardians of the galaxy(adopted state of mind) as they are malcontents to being sole displacements of ancestry during their time existing in an eternally changing details moment.

 

the klinetic how and why of the what,where, when, and who as existed or existing now. Now continue playing the mental masturbation of what if now isn't Eternity.

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7 Facts You Need To Know About Workfare

 

1) THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT WORKFARE SCHEMES LEAD TO EMPLOYMENT.

Workfare schemes have been tried out in countries such as Australia, USA, Canada and places in Europe since the 1990’s, with dismal results. Research in Australia found that workfare had an insignificant effect on reducing long-term unemployment and was “ineffective” in finding sustainable employment.

The UK government commissioned it’s own international research into workfare before introducing the schemes and the findings were as follows:

2) YOU’RE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SANCTIONED THAN GET A JOB ON A GOVERNMENT WORK PROGRAMME

“There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of finding work. It can even reduce employment chances by limiting the time available for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by employers”

“Workfare is least effective in getting people into jobs in weak labour markets where unemployment is high.”

Figures released earlier this year revealed that five times more people were sanctioned than found work on government Work Programmes.

The sanctioning culture which has roared through the welfare system in the last four years is unfairly punishing claimants despite the provision of jobs being wholly inadequate. This is sanctioning people for not getting jobs that are not available.

The figures also revealed that 3% of 1.5m people enrolled on Work programmes found work.

Targets for jobcentre staff on sanctions mean that they are aiming to catch jobseeker’s out rather than help them, for fear of losing their own jobs for not meeting targets. This further removes and dilutes support for jobseekers and has lead to a raft of unjustified and stupid sanctions,like:

“You get a job interview. It’s at the same time as your job centre appointment, so you reschedule the job centre. You attend your rearranged appointment and then get a letter saying your benefits will be stopped because going to a job interview isn’t a good enough reason to miss an appointment.”

“You get a job that starts in two weeks time. You don’t look for work while you are waiting for the job to start. You’re sanctioned.”

“You are forced to retire due to a heart condition, and you claim Employment and Support Allowance. During your assessment you have a heart attack. You are sanctioned for not completing your assessment.”

3) WORKFARE IS UNDERMINING VOLUNTARY AND CHARITABLE VALUES

Many workfare schemes are portrayed as “voluntary” by government, and they are. Until you say no.

Schemes are based around an “involuntary voluntary” system – threatening claimants with sanctions should they not comply.

This erodes the notion of voluntary work as something taken on to provide a meaningful activity or self-motivated contribution. Further, government schemes can ignore other voluntary work taken on by claimants if they do not fall into schemes already decided and agreed, as demonstrated in the case of Cait Reilly who took the government to court and won, after the jobcentre told Cait to quit her volunteering at a local museum to work in Poundland.

The government has offered the scheme to several charities, but involvement in workfare can seriously undermine “core charitable” values, as workfare uses the poor and vulnerable to carry out free labour, and also requires companies and charities to report to the jobcentre on any problems or slip-ups.

“Liverpool Volunteering Centre suggests charities “ask yourself if, in all good conscience, you could report someone for not turning up or being late, knowing that their benefits will then be stopped?”

“Independence and the right to speak out on issues of concern are fundamental charitable values. Charities involved in delivering workfare programmes are increasingly being forced to sign gagging clauses preventing them from saying anything about their experience of workfare “which may attract adverse publicity”. Charities “shall not make any press announcement or publicise the contract in any way” without government approval.”

4) ‘FORCED LABOUR’ IS ILLEGAL

‘Forced or compulsory labour’ is prohibited under UK civil and criminal law.

Threatening claimants with sanctions, to remove what is often their only means to live, if they do not partake in workfare is not leaving them with much choice. Further, people on workfare schemes are counted as in ’employment’, as confirmed by the Office for National Statistics. Thus, workfare is masking the number of unemployed people and also completely destroying the notion of the minimum wage as workfare participants average £1.78 an hour for their benefits.

5) WORKFARE IS NOT JUST FOR THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED

There are a growing number of workfare schemes which target different groups of people, and continue under guises like ‘Steps To Work’, ‘Traineeships’, ‘Sector-based Work Academies’ and more. Find a full list at Boycott Workfare.

Whilst the government claimed initially that these schemes were aimed at the long-term unemployed, they quickly widened to allow people to be referred to a workfare scheme within 1-3 DAYS of claiming jobseeker’s allowance.

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Image; Welfare News Service

 

6) COURTS HAVE REPEATEDLY RULED AGAINST WORKFARE SCHEMES

Courts have repeatedly ruled against the government on workfare. In the case of Cait Reilly, the government had to do a hasty re-write of legislation as claimants were not being provided with adequate information as to what they were able to do. Indeed, the government had made no official documents outlining this before implementing schemes nationwide.

A High Court this year ruled a retrospective law change by Work and Pensions Minister, Iain Duncan Smith as illegal. IDS had attempted to avoid paying out on £130m worth of benefit repayments for sanctions which were also ruled illegal in court.

The government has repeatedly been told by courts to release the names of all companies involved in workfare. The reluctance of the DWP to do so demonstrates the bad publicity attached to the scheme.

7) WORKFARE IS HEADING FOR COLLAPSE. BUT WE NEED TO PUSH FOR IT.

Companies have been pulling out of workfare schemes up and down the country thanks to the consistent and locally organised actions of grassroots groups like Boycott Workfare who also inform claimants of their rights and provide advice.

Companies do not want to be associated with workfare, and the schemes are nearing collapse. But we need to keep pushing.

https://realfare.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/7-facts-you-need-to-know-about-workfare/

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Merrill....There were many good things that came out of the Clinton years...

 

He worked with the Republican congress and their "Contract with America"...

 

The Clinton years weren't that bad economy wise

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Merrill....There were many good things that came out of the Clinton years...

 

He worked with the Republican congress and their "Contract with America"...

 

The Clinton years weren't that bad economy wise

 

 

One more example proving my point that Clintons are conservatives.....in fact Bill working so hard to pass conservative legislation caught my eye and ears

which then prompted big questions about who those Clintons really are. Democratic Leadership Council Blue Dogs = not democrats.

 

Contract for America is a fraud and was a document written behind the closed doors of the American Legislative Exchange Council .

 

What was good about the contract for America?

 

Clinton's deregulating the lending institution industry opened the barn door for the collapse of the world wide economy. Those worthless bundles of bad

home loans sold off to institutions around the world was unacceptable.

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  • Longest economic expansion in American history
  • More than 22 million new jobs
  • Highest homeownership in American history
  • Lowest unemployment in 30 years
  • … snip …
  • Smallest welfare rolls in 32 years
  • Higher incomes at all levels
  • Lowest poverty rate in 20 years
  • … snip …
  • Paid off $360 billion of the national debt
  • Converted the largest budget deficit in American history to the largest surplus
  • Lowest government spending in three decades
  • Lowest federal income tax burden in 35 years
  • More families own stock than ever before

Such dishonesty, PIG.

 

These are all accomplishments that are in fact due to a Republican Congress led by a man, Newt Gingrich, who, by the way, now quite vocally supports Trump. Not Clinton. Scandal and impeachment battered Bill Clinton merely went along for the ride. And the proof of this is the fact that when Clinton took over in January 1993, combined with a Democrat controlled Congress, he raised taxes and little good happened economically for 2 years. During the first two years, even with Democrats having control of both Houses of Congress and passing whatever legislation they wanted, unemployment remained at 6% (where it was when Bill entered office), the DOW index only rose from 3500 to 3800, and GDP increased to only 6.6 trillion from a base of 6.5 trillion.

 

It was not until Republicans gained control of the House and Senate in January 1995 that the economy began to really improve. Once Republicans (under Newt) gained control of Congress, and retained that control until the end the 2000, the economy took off. During THAT period came the Republican’s Contract With America, LOWER taxes (The Tax Relief Act of 1997), less welfare spending, less government regulation and no further bogus stimulus efforts. Exactly what history over and over tells us is good for the economy. And look what happened? By December 2000, unemployment had dropped to 3.75%, while the Dow was at 10,600. Inflation remained at or below 3% the whole time. GDP grew to almost 10 trillion.

 

These numbers clearly suggest that it was Republican control of Congress and a weakened Clinton, who had to go along with that Congress, that made the difference in the economy's growth. Not Clinton’s ill-conceived 1993 *economic plan*. Even left-leaning politifact agrees with me: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/apr/19/bill-clinton/bill-clinton-takes-credit-flowering-economy-1990s/ . As Heritage notes (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/03/tax-cuts-not-the-clinton-tax-hike-produced-the-1990s-boom ), “The real economic boom occurred in the latter half of the decade, after the 1997 tax cut.” The Republican driven tax cut.

 

As far as Clinton taking credit for deficit reduction, the deficit reached an inflation adjusted high of $432 billion in 1991, under George Bush Sr. It then dropped to $399 billion in 1992, again under George Bush Sr in 1992. When Clinton took over, that slide just continued. Another $40 billion reduction in 1993 and $60 in 1994. So we can’t be certain that reduction was due to Clinton or just the result of whatever measures Bush Sr began. The deficit remained the same in 1995. That was a period when Clinton was waging a battle with the new Republican controlled Congress (remember the government shutdown in 1995?). Once Clinton lost that battle, and the Republican driven economic programs began to take effect, the deficit slide resumed. Again, was Clinton the cause or the Republican’s economic agenda that Clinton merely went along with?

 

I also object to the characterization that Clinton is responsible for the largest surplus in American history. That’s just bogus bean counting … the result of changing the definition of National Debt. The Treasury Department’s own website shows that Total Debt, which was what National Debt was defined as before Clinton, has gone up every single year since Eisenhower saw a brief surplus. The truth is that Clinton LIED when he boasted about a federal budget surplus in FY2000 of “at least $230 billion”. You see, the ONLY form of debt that saw a surplus during the Clinton years is what's called PUBLIC DEBT. Prior to Clinton, Public Debt is not the same thing as National Debt. National Debt is what they used to mean when talking about debt and deficits. Treasury Department data clearly shows that the LOWEST year of deficit (based on the old definition) was in FY2000 and it was still $18 billion dollars. Not a surplus. The national debt never went down. What Clinton did was pay down the public debt. He paid down the public debt by borrowing money in the form of intergovernmental holdings ... which was prior to Clinton included in the national debt. Clinton just shuffled money to hide the still growing national debt and make himself look good. And to do that he and liberals needed to redefine the term "National Debt", just like he tried to redefine "is" during his impeachment. And the liberal media and sycophants like you helped out.

 

And finally, regarding reduced welfare rolls and lower poverty rates, those were again accomplished due to the Republican Congress, not Clinton. Not only did the improved economy (thanks to Republicans) help in that regard, a cornerstone of the Newt’s Contract with America was welfare reform and that led to passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), over Clinton’s veto. When Clinton signed it (on the third attempt) he was attacked by his own party (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/03/the-worst-thing-bill-clinton-has-done/376797/ ). But even the leftist Washinton Post had to later (grudgingly) admit that the bill had a positive effect on Welfare numbers. And now you want to give him credit for it. Hilarious.

 

You also seem to want to give Clinton credit for what was happening in the free market at the time … the tech boom. Clinton had little to do with the technological developments that created the dot com boom in the first place. But he did have a lot to do with creating the conditions that led to the 2008 recession. Just saying …

 

Now, regarding these claims …

 

 

  • Raised education standards, increased school choice, and doubled education and training investment
  • Largest expansion of college opportunity since the GI Bill
  • Connected 95 percent of schools to the Internet
  • Lowest crime rate in 26 years
  • 100,000 more police for our streets
  • Enacted most sweeping gun safety legislation in a generation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act for 20 million Americans
  • … snip …
  • Lowest teen birth rate in 60 years
  • Lowest infant mortality rate in American history
  • Deactivated more than 1,700 nuclear warheads from the former Soviet Union
  • Protected millions of acres of American land
  • … snip …
  • Most diverse cabinet in American history

 

More dishonesty, PIG.

 

Yes, the Clinton administration spent a lot of money on education.

 

But to what end?

 

Graduation rates didn’t go up:

 

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That had to wait for Bush Jr.

 

But he gets no credit for that from Democrats.

 

And you can’t claim that the average student now is smarter than they were in 1992.

 

Or better able to cope with what life throws at them.

 

Or more employable.

 

Just more propagandized, perhaps.

 

More eager to vote Democrat.

 

To support silliness like Global Warming.

 

Was that Clinton’s real agenda in the education arena?

 

And lower crime rates? Was that Clinton’s doing or was that just the result of a better economy (thanks to Republicans)?

 

Did Clinton putting 100000 more cops (assuming that’s an accurate number) on the street via grants provide by the Federal Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program really make much difference? Well, according to https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2014/09/26/bill-clintons-claim-that-100000-cops-sent-the-crime-rate-way-down/ , a 2005 GAO report found that it did not.

 

The GAO observed that “from 1994 through 2001, COPS expenditures constituted about 1 percent of total local expenditures for police services” and concluded that “between 1993 and 2000, COPS funds contributed to a 1.3 percent decline in the overall crime rate.” Since the overall crime rate declined 26%, the COPS program obviously had very little real effect. Something else was the cause of lower crime rates. The WP pointed to the improved economy.

 

The Washingon Post also noted that other studies have reached the same conclusions as the GAO. An article in the journal Criminology in 2007 concluded that “COPS spending had little to no effect on crime.” In the end, the Washington Post gave the claim that Clinton cut crime rates THREE Pinocchios.

 

And what about giving Clinton credit for a lower teen birth rate? Is that reasonable? Sure, in 1996 Clinton launched a campaign to reduce teen pregnancy. But birth rates were already dropping before that and the rate of drop doesn’t seem to have increased much after 1996. Here, from the CDC:

 

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So was the drop in the late 90s due to Clinton’s campaign, or just the fact that more young women were pursuing careers during a strong period of the economy, and due to higher condone use as a result of the AIDS scare?

 

Next, you give credit to Clinton for lower infant mortality. Again, here are charts that shows US infant mortality was already decreasing rapidly before Clinton came into office:

 

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So what specifically did Clinton do that he should get credit for? Hmmmm?

 

Next, you give Clinton credit for the 1700 warheads the former Soviet Union deactivated. You know, I think I’ll give you this one, but is this any different than what would have happened under Bush had he won reelection? And keep in mind that the only reason this occurred at all is the collapse of the USSR, due to the efforts of a Republican President that Democrats constantly denigrate. And if reductions in the number of nuclear weapons in stockpiles is to be applauded, then who really deserved the applause? This, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/sunday-review/which-president-cut-the-most-nukes.html?_r=0 , suggests it’s the two Bush Presidents.

 

Finally, Clinton gets credit for a diverse cabinet. Great, as long as they were qualified. But does diversity in a cabinet really matter if the members of the cabinet are basically yes-men/women? Modern Presidential Cabinets are not the “Team of Rivals” from Lincoln’s days. Does it really matter whether the cabinet member is a socialist woman or a socialist man or a socialist black or a socialist white? Just saying … :D

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They're TIED, es. TIED.

Liar.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/donald-trump-shrinking-election-map-227076

http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#plus

 

Trump's shrinking electoral map

In polls, he trails Clinton in all battleground states and some, like Virginia and Colorado, seem already beyond his reach.

 

lol-058.gifLoser thinks this means TIED.

 

 

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They're TIED, es. TIED.

 

:D

Nice proof.,roflmao

 

 

Poll: Clinton Maintains Big Lead as Voters Doubt Trump's Temperament

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/poll-clinton-maintains-big-lead-voters-doubt-trump-s-temperament-n631351

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