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Bill Clinton’s Achievements



This is just little something for some of those idiots out there who think Bill Clinton’s sex scandal was more important then any other of his achievements. It’s really funny what you get when you compare Clinton’s list with the list (mostly failures) of our president today. Seriously people. Grow up!!!


  • Clinton presided over the longest period of peace-time economic expansion in American history, which included a balanced budget and a reported federal surplus.
  • Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating, the highest end-of-presidency rating of any President that came into office after World War II.
  • In August 1993, Clinton signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, which passed Congress without a single Republican vote. It cut taxes for 15 million low-income families, made tax cuts available to 90% of small businesses,[37] and raised taxes on the wealthiest 1.2% of taxpayers[38]. Additionally, it mandated that the budget be balanced over a number of years, through the implementation of spending restraints.
  • In 1994, Clinton sent U.S. forces to Haiti as part of the negotiated restoration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s presidency. He also withdrew U.S. forces from Somalia (1994), where while helping to avert famine they had suffered casualties in a futile effort to capture a Somali warlord. Clinton promoted peace negotiations in the Middle East, which bore fruit in important agreements, and in the former Yugoslavia, which led to a peace agreement in late 1995. He also restored U.S. diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1995.
  • Clinton succeeded in brokering peace negotiations in Northern Ireland between warring Catholics and Protestants
  • In 1997, Clinton and the Republicans agreed on a deal that combined tax cuts and reductions in spending to produce the first balanced federal budget in three decades.
  • During the eight years of the presidency, the economy expanded by 50% in real terms, and by the end of his tenure the US had a gross national product of $10,000bn – one quarter of the entire world economic output.
  • The booming US economy has brought economic benefits right across the income spectrum.
  • The unemployment rate has dropped by half, to 4%, a 40-year-low, while the economy has created some 15 million jobs.
  • In December 1999, Clinton was among 18 included in Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People of the 20th century, from a poll conducted of the American people.
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9 Responses to “Bill Clinton’s Achievements”

  1. Fyodor says:

    It is important to remind people what we have lost with this idiot being in office for 8 years after Bill Clinton who, no doubt, has to be given credit for all the achievements mentioned above. Most of all, I think he has to be given credit for taking the Democrats out of the political wilderness in 1992, after having been out of power since Jimmy Carter’s disastrous presidency. Having said that, I also think it is important to point out several major flaws of his presidency and the lasting damages he has done to the liberal cause (not the Democratic party, but the liberal cause) in this country.

    Clintonism or the so called third way admitted almost all the criticism that the conservatives had been hammering the liberals with. That is, Clintonism agreed with the conservatives that the welfare program was a “handout” to lazy people so Clinton “reformed it” by kicking people off welfare lists in cases they couldn’t find a job. This giving in to conservatives also included his willingness to sign the Marriage Protection Act which has practically disenfrenchised gay people throughout the country, exempting them from many benefits that straight married couples enjoy. Most importantly, Clinton’s third way fetishized the free market ecnonomy, essentially agreeing with Reaganesque assumptions that market will correct many ills of the society. Consequently, Clinton signed the NAFTA (North American Foreign Trade Agreement) that has shipped millions of jobs overseas, has worsened the conditions of the workers in Third World Countries, and has mostly benefited the big international corporations. Not so accidentially, Hillary Clinton has promised to revisit the NAFTA and has gone as far as acknowledging that it was essentially a bad idea.
    We have to be fair and acknowledge that the “third way” ideology was a way of getting back to power when “liberal” had been a taboo word after a decade of awful Reaganism. But to progressives like myself, the third way often seems like a sellout to the conservatives, admissions of guilt on the part of “liberals” in the Democratic party in cases where there should have been no feelings of guilt (such as welfare, gay rights, workers’ rights, etc).

    Finally, Clinton’s foreign policy. His foreign policy successes should be rightfully acknowledged since they were huge. He came closest to ending the intractable Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and ended the bloody war in Bosnia, after the Bush I’s administration failed to do ANYTHING (along with the Europeans) to stop the war in its beginning and prevent Yugoslavia from falling apart. But it is also in the Balkans that I would point out two major policy blunders that have been overlooked:
    1) The Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia, effectively divided the country and created a strange monster composed of two semi-autonomous, state-like entities that are preventing the country from functioning. Worst of all, in 1997, just one year after the war had ended, Clinton insisted that “free and fair elections” be held on municipal and federal levels in Bosnia, despite protests of many policy experts who argued that this would only cement the nationalists’ hold on power. And, they did. The elections were held in the climate of postwar fear and hatred and therefore legitimized the nationalist parties that had waged teh war in the first place and completely marginalized the multiethnic parties (such as the Social Democrats). This paralysis still pervades the Bosnian society.
    2) The NATO bombing of Kosovo. I supported the bombings in 1999 when they were taking place, but have changed my mind since then. The Kosovo Albanians started teh conflict by attacking Serbian police along teh Kosovo border and then warped up the charges of genocide against the Serbian authorities (but of course there had been heavy handed repression of Albanians by the Serb police, but nothing like genocide which did occur in Bosnia in 1995). On the eve of the war the Milosevic regime was about to fall, but the bombings rallied people around Milosevic and postponed his departure. Finally, the agreement that Milosevic finally signed in June 1999, ending the bombing campaign, was the same agreement that Clinton offered to him at Rambouille before the bombing minus one important clause: that NATO troops would have no access to the territory of Serbia, the clause that Clinton administration used to claim that Milosevic was being uncooperative. So,my question is: if the final agreement ending the war contained no such clause, why the bombing? The bombing also targeted civilian facilities throughout Serbia and was a flagrant violation of the UN Charter as well as the Geneva Conventions.
    3) Finally, Clinton’s bombing of Baghdad in 1998. Acting on flimsy evidence that Sadam had tried to assassinate Bush I Clinton just randomly bombed Baghdad in 1998. Completely uncalled for!

    So, while I like the guy, I do believe some of these policies (especially in the domestic arena) hurt the Democrats by making them look more like Republicans and may have inadvertently led to the disastrous W. Bush presidency.

    That’s why I say, enough dynasties in 2008–Vote for Obama!

  2. Mina Patel says:

    I really miss President Clinton being President. I admired his work with peace and economic reforms. He was a personable guy too.

    This country is going down now with the crazy, idiot, stubborn dictator of a president called George Bush Jr. The war is going too long and Iraq is capable of governing themselves now. Why don’t they impeach President George Bush for what he did? It’s not fair that President Bill Clinton got impeached for lying about an affair yet Presient George Bush is getting away with everything.

  3. Patrick says:

    Mina Patel, you can not be serious. Iraq.. capable of governing themselves? Impeach Bush?? Wow. Bush was right to send our troops, and is even more right for holding them there. We need to maintain balance in the middle-east. I am a Medicaly discharged airman, and i support being there, just as most others do.

  4. rama says:

    I think Bill Clinton is a good president, so I sudgest he should be president

  5. Alex says:

    Bill Clinton was a great President, one of the best in our nation’s history. Any honest, intelligent, objective, reasonable and fair evaluation of his bottom line results proves this. The accomplishments listed above in this article are all true. I’ll add the fact that the DOW almost QUADRUPLED on his 8 year watch. From around 3000 to around 12000. That’s 4 times its growth throughout its entire EXISTENCE prior to Clinton!!! That alone is enough to qualify as true greatness. Clinton was an actual, real world fiscal conservative that trimmed waste from government and increased efficiency, and a social and environmental progressive. It worked people. Period. He showed us how to run a great country in today’s world. The proof is in the pudding, just take a look and compare it to any other President in our history. Not the greatest husband, but perhaps the greatest President ever.

    To argue that he hurt the Democrats by compromising with Republicans in certain, specific areas is extreme and ignorant. Compromise is a key cornerstone to our system, quite correctly so, and the results proved Clinton right. Period. Nothing is perfect, nobody is perfect, check the bottom line to see how it all shakes out in the end. The only thing Clinton did to hurt Democrats was his marital infidelity. The scumbag Republicans jumped all over this, impeached him over this, spent 40 million dollars on a fishing expedition over this (initially supposed to be about Whitewater until they quickly admitted there was nothing there) talk radio still talks about this, and they made their political hay entirely of this. Had the Democrats at the time had any backbone they would not have abandoned Clinton and forced the Republicans to talk policy. The GOP would have had no chance! Instead we ended up with the anti-intellectual Bush leaguers winning. A global disaster borne far more of politics than substance.

  6. RobbyRob says:

    Although I was in high school during most of the First Bush administration and remember not having enough paper “yes paper” to complete assignments, a likely sign of bad economic times and the two police cruisers patrolling a city of nearly one hundred thousand people at night when crime was out of control. I remember the Clinton years as care-free and prosperous for most. But when Clinton was president I was in the military and we never had money for new hand tools or aircraft parts. There were days when we couldn’t fly because there was no money for fuel. And this was under Clinton. I remember in 1996 when I was getting ready to leave for a three month deployment in Saudi Arabia and the Khobar Towers dormitory was bombed ten days before my departure date with many soldiers killed and injured, I watched as Bill Clinton sat back and did nothing. And the worst part is we knew it was Osama Bin Laden as soon as it happened. So to all you Democrats out there that think the world of Silly Billy come down off your crosses, please! Bill Clinton, not George Bush Sr. or Jr. set the stage for this disaster we call a country today. Bill Clinton wanted to get poor people to own homes, the same ones who are stiffing the mortgage companies today. And believe me, these people knew they couldn’t afford the homes they were in but yet we blame the republicans and big brother-like banks for careless lending. And that is the very route of this financial melt down, not the long drawn out war in Iraq, by the way more people died in one day on Normandy then in the entire post 9/11 crusade. And to all the dems out there crying because their job got shipped to Mexico, it was Bill Clinton who signed into law NAFTA and helped revamp GATTS by lowering $740 billion in tariffs. So don’t be mad at Georgie Boy, he was merely thrust into a presidency at a time of the greatest terrorist act in history, throw in some huge natural disasters and a crumpling of our economy resulting from deregulation of lending by none other than Bill Clinton. I give George credit, right or wrong, he has stuck to his guns, which is a very rare trait in politicians. And about Bill’s sexual exploits, thats just the tip of the iceberg, or cigar, you pick.

  7. RobbyRob says:

    And to Alex, how can you use honest, fair and objectionable in one sentence, especially when honest and fair is a subjective trait.

  8. Johnc240 says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read? acggcefkedde

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