Bill Clinton Was A Successful President Of Limited Government Policies


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

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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