I responded to a typical weasel comment with enough facts and frankly enough words to turn the truth about the Clinton presidency into an article. Here’s the typical weasel comment:
This post is a bunch of lies.. Clinton left a surplus
Just can’t get away from stupid people, can I?
U.S. National Debt
09/30/1993 – $4,411,488,883,139.38
09/30/1994 – $4,692,749,910,013.32
09/29/1995 – $4,973,982,900,709.39
09/30/1996 – $5,224,810,939,135.73
09/30/1997 – $5,413,146,011,397.34
09/30/1998 – $5,526,193,008,897.62
09/30/1999 – $5,656,270,901,615.43
09/30/2000 – $5,674,178,209,886.86
09/30/2001 – $5,807,463,412,200.06
I want you to notice, you deluded dumbass, that every single year of the Clinton presidency the national debt went UP. THAT IS A FACT. In the very real world, Bill Clinton never left us with so much as a penny of “surplus.” Every single year of Slick Willie’s presidency, we got more debt and then more debt.
Bill Clinton assumed office in 1993. Two years later, in 1994, the people were so angry at the fact that “Clinton gold” turned out to be Iron Pyrite that they voted overwhelmingly for Republicans in the greatest historic asskicking of all time. Clinton lost both the House and the Senate to Republicans, and in fact never got either back for his entire presidency.
Bill Clinton said “the era of big government is over” in January 1996, which put the kibosh on liberal ideas for the rest of the Clinton presidency as Clinton governed as a moderate Republican from that point on.
In 1997, the Taxpayer Relief Act was passed by the Republican House and the Republican Senate before being signed into law by Bill Clinton. As a result of those REPUBLICAN TAX REFORMS, federal income tax revenues surged just as they ALWAYS surge when the American people are allowed to keep more of their own money and invest that money far better than bureaucratic government EVER has or ever WILL. And as a result, we actually briefly got to a federal budget surplus. Because of Republicans and because “the era of big government was over” and because Democrats had had their asses kicked and ONLY because of those things.
It’s interesting. Republicans controlled both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate when we actually got our “balanced budget.” And yet historically somehow the mainstream media gave Bill Clinton and the Democrat Party ALL the credit and the Republican majorities that had actually passed all the legislation that created that balanced budget zero credit. It’s particularly amazing given the fact that Barack Obama controlled the White House, held a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, AND controlled the House of Representatives his first two years in office, but the failure of the Obama economic policy is blamed on the fact that for two of Obama’s first four years Republicans held the House. Basically, Democrats can never be blamed and must be given all the credit; whereas Republicans cannot receive any credit and must be given all the blame.
The same people who constantly lecture the Republicans about “obstructionism” somehow never recall the years when George Bush was confronted with massive Democrat obstructionism. Obstructionism, was, of course, good and noble when Democrats were blocking virtually every single thing Bush tried to accomplish. It is only evil if Republicans try to block anything their messiah Obama wants to do.
Now, sadly, 9/11 happened because Bill Clinton left America weak and blind. Why did America get attacked on 9/11? Because Bill Clinton showed so much weakness in 1993 in Somalia that a man we would one day know very well said:
“Our boys no longer viewed America as a superpower. So, when they left Afghanistan, they went to Somalia and prepared themselves carefully for a long war. They had thought that the Americans were like the Russians, so they trained and prepared. They were stunned when they discovered how low was the morale of the American soldier. America had entered with 30,000 soldiers in addition to thousands of soldiers from different countries in the world. … As I said, our boys were shocked by the low morale of the American soldier and they realized that the American soldier was just a paper tiger. He was unable to endure the strikes that were dealt to his army, so he fled, and America had to stop all its bragging and all that noise it was making in the press…” — Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden began to prepare for a massive attack on America. Oh, yes, he and his fellow terrorists hit America again and again: they hit the World Trade Center for the first time in 1993. In 1996 they hit the Khobar Towers where hundreds of American servicemen were living. In 1998 two embassies in Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) were bombed and destroyed by terrorists. And in 2000, terrorists hit and severely damaged the U.S.S. Cole. And Bill Clinton proved bin Laden’s thesis correct by doing exactly NOTHING.
Meanwhile, all throughout the Clinton presidency, al Qaeda was preparing to strike us. They brought in all the terrorists who would devastate us with their second attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 2001 during Bill Clinton’s watch.
America was both weak and blind due to Bill Clinton’s gutting both the military and our intelligence capability. And of course, being blind and unable to see what was coming would hurt us deeply:
Author James Risen won the Pulitzer Prize on Tuesday for his much ballyhooed New York Times report last December that revealed President Bush’s previously secret terrorist surveillance program – a revelation he uncovered while researching his book “State of War.”
In the same book, however, Risen makes an equally explosive claim about President Clinton’s relationship with the CIA – which his editors at the Times have so far declined to cover.
Upon taking power in 1993, Risen reports, the Clinton administration “began slashing the intelligence budget in search of a peace dividend, and Bill Clinton showed almost no interest in intelligence matters.” The agency cutbacks combined with presidential disinterest took their toll almost immediately.
“Over a three-or-four-year period in the early-to-mid 1990s,” reports Risen, “virtually an entire generation of CIA officers – the people who had won the Cold War – quit or retired. One CIA veteran compared the agency to an airline that had lost all of is senior pilots . . . “
After Clinton CIA Director John Deutch cashiered several senior officers over a scandal in Guatamala, the situation got even worse.
“Morale [at the CIA] plunged to new lows, and the agency became paralyzed by an aversion to high-risk espionage operations for fear they would lead to political flaps. Less willing to take big risks, the CIA was less able to recruit spies in dangerous places such as Iraq.”
And so we were hit on 9/11 and were completely blindsided by the attack because Bill Clinton gutted the military and the intelligence budget leaving us weak and blind. And of course our spending skyrocketed because of the DotCom economic collapse that Bill Clinton left for George Bush that happened on Clinton’s watch but gutted $7.1 trillion in American wealth (almost as much as the Great Recession, btw) and which collapsed the value of the Nasdaq Valuation by fully 78% of its value as Bush was still trying to clean all the porn that the Clinton White House had left on the White House computers. And so Bill Clinton handed George Bush a massive recession and like whip cream on top of his economic disaster he handed George Bush an even more massive terrorist attack.
But, hey, don’t worry. Barack Obama is making all the same mistakes that Clinton made and then a whole bunch of even dumber mistakes that Clinton didn’t make.
Anyway, as you keep hearing that Obama will pave the streets with gold because Bill Clinton paved the streets with gold, please realize #1 that Clinton hardly ever paved the streets with gold and #2 realize that Barack Obama has not and will not govern the way Bill Clinton governed.
Do you know what bothers me the most about Obama’s reelection? It’s that we have entered a profoundly different reality as a nation. Barack Obama did NOT get reelected because he gave us a strong economy. And both the polls before and AFTER the election document that many of the people who actually voted for Barack Obama believed that Mitt Romney would have given us a better economy.
Obama’s economic policy was a complete unmitigated disaster. But what you need to understand is that a terrible economy makes for good politics for Democrats. Because the worse the economy gets the more that increasingly amoral Americans will demand a stronger government safety net and welfare state. Such that the worse Obama does economically the better he and Democrats will actually fair politically.
The beast is coming.