Bill Clinton Was A Successful President Of Limited Government Policies

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Last night at the Democrat National Convention angry liberals told us about Republican hate for women followed by a rousing speech from serial adulterer and sexual harasser Bill Clinton. All, apparently, without a hint of irony.

But today our friends on the left, and talking heads across the media (same thing?) are gushing about it. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went so far as to suggest that it will be taught in schools one day. What did I miss?

Well, for one thing, Clinton’s speech wasn’t all that factually accurate. “[W]hen former President Bill Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, he portrayed President Barack Obama as a pragmatic compromiser who has been stymied at every turn by Republicans,” reported CBS. “There was no mention of the role that the president and the Democrats have played in grinding compromise to a halt on some of the most important issues facing the country.”

Also, Jim Pethokoukis noted Clinton’s odd decision to tie job creation to the partisan affiliations of past presidents. Clinton made a comparison between the jobs record of Democrat and Republican presidents:

…since 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private- sector jobs. So what’s the job score? Republicans: twenty-four million. Democrats: forty-two.

But, as Pethokoukis points out, that’s a strange measuring stick to use given that some of our past Democrat president how downright conservative economic policies:

Why would we analyze the effectiveness of economic approaches by using party labels rather than looking at the actual policies? For instance, about 10 million net new private jobs were created during the Nixon-Ford years vs 21 million under Clinton.

But which administration generally followed conservative policies of shrinking government (spending fell to 18% of GDP under Clinton from 21%), welfare reform, and cutting taxes on capital … and which administration expanded government (spending rose to 21% of GDP under Nixon-Ford from 19%), increased regulation (the pages in the Federal Register by grew by 185% under Nixon and Ford vs. 7% under Clinton) and presided over a confiscatory tax code?

And was JFK or George H. W. Bush the more conservative president? The former cut taxes — even for the richest Americans — while the other raised them.

We had successful job creation under JFK and Clinton because under JFK and Clinton we implemented policies that were the opposite of what President Obama and the Democrats in Congress want to do which is grow government and raise taxes.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Onslaught1066

    Lest we forget, William Jefferson Clinton had the one thing without which no democrat President can ever succeed.

    • Bat One

      A Republican Congress?

      • Onslaught1066

        10x

  • jamermorrow

    Clinton seems very fiscally conservative after going trough 12 years of Bush and Obama. I remember Democrats used to talk about balancing the budget and Republicans replying that deficits don’t matter. Republicans were cowards under the 8 years of Bush.

    • robert108

      Wrong again. For the first two years, Clinton tried to spend for “stimulus”, and to implement totalitarian govt healthcare, just like obama, but couldn’t get it done. For that, Republicans thumped the Dems in ’94, taking total control of both houses of Congress. That’s when the supposedly “conservative” fiscal policies started to be implemented, not due to Clinton, but mainly due to Newt Gingrich holding Clinton’s feet to the fire. The growth, jobs and everything good under Clinton was due to Republican control of Congress.
      In addition, Clinton campaigned in ’92 with the mantra that GHW Bush’s economy was “the worst economy in 50 years”, which was a lie, since the Carter economy fit that description. President Reagan reversed the worse Carter economy in less than 4 years, using the same policies advocated by Mitt Romney.
      Your memory, warped by your hatred of Republicans, is just plain wrong.
      With Democrats, talk is always radically different from what they actually do when they seize power.

      • jamermorrow

        Why did government grow under a Republican president and Republican congress during the Bush years? Get Bush’s cock out of your mouth.

        • robert108

          I give you facts and history, and you only have sodomite spew in reply? We really don’t care about your personal sex fantasies.
          Your irrational hatred of Republicans deranges you and distorts your thinking.

          • jamermorrow

            You irrational fetish with Republicans deranges and distorts your thinking.

          • robert108

            Nice try, but I stand for the truth, and you lie. If anything I say about Republicans is false, you are welcome to refute it, but all you have is sodomite spew. Why is that?

          • jamermorrow

            Try humming maybe George Bush will enjoy it.

          • robert108

            Again, no facts or rational argument, just your sodomite fantasies.

        • Onslaught1066

          It’s what’s for breakfast.

          [IMG]http://i39.tinypic.com/2m7gppt.jpg[/IMG]

          • jamermorrow

            haha

  • Bat One

    Liberals love to dishonestly credit the nation’s economic and fiscal success to Bill Clinton’s tax hikes upon taking office. ‘Course Bubba campaigned for a year on a promise of tax cuts to “get the country moving again” quoting JFK.

    But if Clinton’s tax hikes were such a great idea, how come voters turned control of Congress over to Republicans and their “Contract” in the ’94 elections?

    • ellinas1

      “I don’t believe for one minute that we are in, or about to enter into, a recession.
      Despite the best efforts of the Democrats and the media to convince us otherwise…”
      Bat One on January 25, 2008 at 10:17 am

  • Eat This

    If you really listened to what he said, about the importance of both sides coming together, working with the right on welfare reform and passing a budget, it’s really a coded message for liberals: Obama is not a Democrat. He’s a socialist. Don’t vote for him. The left finds codes in everything. They’ll probably figure it out.

    • Albert Lickenspittle

      Silly dinger. A hard core Republican friend of mine just returned from Norway. By you standards Norway would be a very socialist country. Even she could find nothing to complain about. She had to admit the country was fine and people were doing great. However, don’t let reality intrude into your world.

      • Onslaught1066

        Sell your boat, but a volt, you unpatriotic POS.

      • robert108

        “A hard core Republican friend of mine…”
        A convenient lie from a propagandist.

        • Albert Lickenspittle

          Robert I can have you talk to the person if you wish and retract your statement. Let me know if you are interested in the truth

          • Onslaught1066

            Post his TN

      • Hanni

        The people that dislike you less than everyone else are not your friends. They don’t laugh in your face, they do it behind your back.

      • JustRuss

        If every state in the union went socialist, we should still not have a socialist federal government. Norway does not compare with the size of the United States. Socialism cannot work on a scale this large without harming its citizens in the long run.

        • Albert Lickenspittle

          Yup, I guess gravity will not work on a large scale either. Where did you come up with this crap?

          • JustRuss

            To use your example, we are not just expanding the area that gravity effects, we are expanding the force of gravity. Something the size of the moon, you bounce around happy and carefree; Something the size of the Earth is just right, Something the size of Jupiter will crush you.

  • http://www.booksbyoliver.com/ Cottonman

    Bill Clinton continues to sway women regardless of what he says. His ‘success’ was due to limited government and budget constraints compared to day.

    • jamermorrow

      Republicans like to go after his personal character rather than his policies. Clinton was not perfect by any means but compared to Obama and Bush he was very fiscally conservative.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Only after congress beat Slick Willy into submission.

        • jamermorrow

          How do you explain the big growth in government under Bush, Reagan, Nixon, etc…?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol… are you a college professor handing out assignments? Answer your own d@mn question :p To expound upon your contention above, Bill tried the far left approach during his first term and got gridlocked. When he tacked back center things began to work for the better.

          • jamermorrow

            Republicans are great when not in charge. When not in charge they love small government. Put them in charge and they spend like drunken sailors.

          • robert108

            Wrong. It’s Democrats who spend like drunken sailors, with all due apologies to drunken sailors, of course.

          • Onslaught1066

            Bush is not running neither is Nixon or Reagan.

            Again, reliving the past while ignoring the future is harmful.

          • jamermorrow

            Past is a good indication of future behavior. Do Republicans ever do anything wrong in your opinion?

          • robert108

            Not compared to Democrat criminal excesses.

          • Onslaught1066

            Constantly, But I don’t see the expressed desire of liberals to destroy America as just reprisal for Republican sins.

            Do you?

          • robert108

            When confronted with the truth, the lying liberal propagandist scrambles to change the subject.
            How do you explain the big growth in govt under FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, Carter and Clinton? How about the huge growth in govt under obama? When the private sector needed help, he grew govt and increased our overhead exponentially. Why aren’t you whining about that?

          • jamermorrow

            Because liberals plan on growing government. We know they will grow government because they tell us they will. Republicans grow government but like to pretend they don’t.

          • robert108

            So, it’s not really govt growth you hate, then, it’s just that you hate Republicans, and use your claims of govt growth to justify that hate. Got it.

      • sbark

        hmmm…..you mean the 5 budgets Newt threw back in his face, and Newt taking tremendous politial heat for shutting down the govt over spending cuts and Contract for america means nothing?
        If Bill was able to pass HillaryCare…..we’d be trillions worse in Fed Debt—-the mid term elections pushed him to survive ……..that is the one thing Clinton is —-a survior: he’ll morph to become a priest if it means survival.
        The Only reason Clinton was in the right spot to “balance the budget ” was Newt and residual economic strength from Reagans TAx Cuts…….source Cato.org.

  • $8194357

    The “stain” was a pain but bubba lied…
    I did not have sex with that women
    He opened his mouth and loudly he cried..

    The lie taken as the truth is where we are at….
    One world fascism coming…What about that?
    UN’s Agenda 21 making globalist elites fat…….

    Lie thru your teeth you on the left…
    Point right and scream “they did it” as you continue the theft.
    Generational debt we cannot sustain,
    But its with communist social justice our profits they drain.

    Radical enviromentalism is a cloak in they hide.
    Puff up their chests and claim false moralaity with pride.
    Political correctness is the game they play…
    Watch what they do, don’t listen to what they say..

    The end..

    Old Indian saying:
    That white man speak with forked tonque of the serpant…

    I am from the government and here to help…

  • SigFan

    If Clinton hadn’t heeded the advice of Morris and moved to the center he would have gone down as another failed liberal schmuck and serial womanizer (he still is the latter). The fact that the economy came back was purely a result of Congress flipping to the Republicans in ’94 and Clinton being pragmatic enough to know that he had to change to survive. Obama is neither smart enough or pragmatic enough to change.

    • robert108

      The Congressional election of ’94 was a real revolution, in that Democrats had controlled the House for forty years, from 1954-1994. The people really rejected the Clinton agenda, just like they rejected the obama spending spree in ’10.

      • jamermorrow

        What about the Bush spending spree? I love how you ignore that.

        • Onslaught1066

          Your man Dumb-O makes Bush look like a piker.

          • jamermorrow

            Not my man and I agree but it don’t mean Bush should get a pass.

          • Onslaught1066

            No he shouldn’t, but… he’s not running, is he?

            Now to the problem at hand.

            BTW Luap Nor is also not running.

          • jamermorrow

            Ignoring the problems Republicans create is not helpful. My vote don’t matter in ND so I won’t vote.

          • Onslaught1066

            Reliving the past to ignore the future is harmful.

          • jamermorrow

            Past behavior is a good indication of future behavior.

          • Onslaught1066

            And Dumb-Os past behavior portends disaster.

            BTW Bush’s past behavior of leaving office indicates he will not be growing government any time soon.

            so why the BDS?

          • two_amber_lamps

            “And Dumb-Os past behavior portends disaster.”

            And a non-vote is tacit vote/approval of Obama and his fiscal insanity. Bamster thanks you Jamies.

          • jamermorrow

            My vote in ND don’t matter. Romney wins by a lot in ND and ND has no say.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Learned Helplessness…. do you also suffer from clinical depression?

          • robert108

            That’s why there never should have been another Democrat President after FDR.

          • robert108

            While you ignore the Democrat crazy spending? Pure hypocrisy.

          • robert108

            No one is ignoring anything when we say what the left wing media denies, that obama is a criminal disaster.
            The left wing media makes up lies about President Bush, so it takes a lot of effort to smack all those lies with the truth.
            The biggest lie is that somehow, President Bush’s policies caused the mortgage meltdown. Entirely untrue.

          • robert108

            The Bush economy was far superior to the obama disaster, despite your lies. He had low unemployment and real economic growth, with only 18% govt share of GDP. obama has grown that to 25%, skewing all the numbers to give a false impression of recovery.

          • robert108

            No one has every given President Bush a pass. You Democrats smeared him unmercifully for eight years, because he beat your boy Gore, despite Gore’s desperate efforts to steal the election in ’00. You’re still smearing him with lies four years after he has left office. You Dems are a one-trick pony; blame Bush.

        • robert108

          Your obsession with President Bush is creepy. You are parroting the Democrat line that everything is the fault of President Bush, and poor obama can’t do anything about it. You all are like the sideshow magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

  • Neiman

    Without Reagan before him ending the costly Cold War, a Republican Congress dragging him kicking and screaming towards sanity and the Dot Com boom, Clinton would have had a failed presidency. His Horn Dogness would have failed completely.

  • Albert Lickenspittle

    Rob neat how you used as little of the actual speech as possible. Make sure you do not show the whole video clip, it will blow your spinning to shreds. This is going to take some delicate spinning to feed to the Hoopleheads. What if some of you dinger buddies just watched the speech. Could change some dingers into sensible people. Tread lightly you may accidentally wake up some of the dingers.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Hey look it’s BIGOT who hates the kind folks of Hoople, ND. Why do you loath and detest such fine people? What a wretched shell of a critter you are.

    • mikemc1970

      I watched it live. Pure lies and spin. Hooplehead.

  • HG

    Matthews just about messed himself over Clinton’s speech last night.
    http://times247.com/24-7-videos/matthews-clinton-would-know-how-to-reproduce-with-martians
    But remember, according to Stephi, there is no medial bias. This man-crush is far more than bias. Looks like Lewinsky and Matthews have something in common.

  • JustRuss

    I said this a lot last night, agree or disagree with his policies or that of the democrat party. Only Bill Clinton could have said all of that bs so smoothly that I wish I could believe it. He is not a very good man, but he is 10 or 20 times the President that Obama will ever be. The man has class and style and Presence!

    The fact that he is so easy to like, speaks so damn smoothly, and just DOMINATED the convention. Is the reason that he is close to the top of Obama’s enemies list.

    I can’t help myself. I LIKE Slick Willy Clinton!

  • Bat One

    Bill Clinton, for all his faults, is still the best political speaker in the country. Period. His speech was a bit tedious at times… slow, even. But there’s no arguing that it was masterful.

    It was also obvious, and all the more so on more careful review, that Clinton’s speech made a subtle but unmistakable case for NOT reelecting Obama. The fact is Clinton’s record on the economy (thanks to Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris, and Ross Perot!) was miles better than Obama’s. And non of the excuses, or regurgitated promises from four years ago are gonna change that fact.

    And unless Obama can pull off an increasingly unlikely upset November 6th, Mitt Romney will be president, and the Democrat party will once again be under the control of the Clintons.

    Turn in the keys and turn out the lights on you way out, Eli. Your party’s over!

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