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Chicago (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton says he fully expects that President Barack Obama will be re-elected. He says he likes Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman and says he’s not surprised at Michele Bachmann’s rise in the polls, saying: "She comes across as real."
During a lengthy interview with me in Chicago at his Clinton Global Initiative America conference on creating jobs, he also got emotional when I asked him about his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He says she's "the most gifted person" he knows in public service. "I’m really proud of her."
I noted that when I recently traveled with her to Paris, Cairo and Tunis, I noticed a lot of his style during her meetings and events. I had spent nearly eight years covering him when he was president. I asked him whether she had learned from him or he had learned from her. He told me he thought there was some of both going on.
On the economy and the need to create jobs, the former president expressed his deep concern about the August 2 deadline for raising the nation's debt ceiling. He says he's very worried about the consequences of failure and insists both sides must give in the negotiations. He would support tax increases even though he knows the Republicans and some Democrats will resist.
Clinton told me he doesn't like the idea of passing a balanced budget amendment, which many Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul, insist be part of any debt ceiling deal. Clinton says a balanced budget amendment is good for state governors but not for the federal government given all the potential for emergencies.
On his health, he says he feels great even though he's gained a few pounds since our last interview.
The interview will air today in The Situation Room during our 6 p.m. ET hour.
I savor, lead to I found exactly what I used to be having a look for. You've ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye
You can definitely introduce some color in the curtains (hung high and wide) to give the small window more presence. I would actually do one panel on each side of the window (as opposed to one on only one side) for balance and also to add to the taller/wider illusion. Hope it helps!
Bring Clinron back, we were are working. His personal life is his business.
Mr Blitzer..... In your conversation irt the economy and conversation with former President Bill Clinton ( who was a Great President ) when you were talking about the successful companies who are and will complain about taking their tax incentives away how it will affect the hiring employees and possible downsizing? Well.... lets not forget that the huge billionaires who are crying are outright lying ??!!!! the reason they are swimming in profits are because the majority of their employees are either in India, Philippines, etc. These companies are laughing at us and we are tired of it!!! what needs to be addressed is how will each of these right winged republicans who constantly talk about how President Obam is not doing his Job, well, what are they doing for their state and how will they be affected financially? Lets talk about that! Im neither a Dem or Rep, Im an American and President B. Clinton and President B. Obama are the only Presidents Im proud of and we need to be alot more informative to the public if we are going to get this country back or sink it and sell it to China!! Please do your job by telling the public more about who is lying and who will financially benifit!!! I do thank you . Respectfully. USMC/USN. Jesse F. Ramon Semper-Fidelis
Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act. If the Glass-Steagall Act wasn't repealed there never would have been a banking crisis.
Well, there might have still been a crisis with the investments banks (which are no different from a ponzi scheme) but there would not have been a crisis with the depository banks (where our FDIC insured checking and savings accounts are) because the Glass-Steagall Act made it illegal for investment banks and depository banks to merge. It was passed during the Great Depression to prevent another one from happening.
When did republics rewrite history? reagan violated the constitution consistently in 8 yrs arms for hostages drugs for illegal contra war ect
Thanks cesquire for reminding people why Bill single handily failed us. I wish they would stop playing this interview, Clinton is a fraud and deserves no positive media attention.
To: WJ Clinton- instead of putting an end to heist Clinton aided it. I can't believe you people take this Kamakazi President at his word. Wolf, you had a chance to pin the financial crisis on him and you chose to brown nose. I am disappointed. I'm still confused. At least Desert Storm had positive impacts on someone. The Larry King method of an soft, non-confrontational interview guarantees future appearances but isn't worthy of 60 minutes. Larry is entertainment you're supposed to be a reporter; or, am I wrong? Help us out here. Happy 4th of July. Please, remember it took big risks, thinking out of the box and guts to gain independence. Our forefathers had no robots.
Clinton only signed the final piece of legislation to reverse Glass-Steagal. The big banks had been banging away at it since the eighties. The real fault for the mess we're in rests with Bush. Surely someone went into the Oval Office during his tenure and said "We need to do something about the Banks." But wait, Bush was busy helping to fill Halliburton's coffers. Doesn't anyone else think it's odd that the current size of the defecit is just about the same size as the river of cash that has been wasted in Iraq?? Also, irrespective of anything else, Bill Clinton left a surplus NOT a black hole.
WFC what clinton thinks.
Who cares what Bill Clinton says. First, he's not the president. Second, he's a Democrat and he's obviously biased about who should be president That's too obvious. In addition, Democrats will always blame Republicans for everything that's wrong with the economy. I think 40 years from now they'll still be blaming Bush for something. Like kids Democrats are!!
It is Bush's fault and will always be! 30 years of progress flushed away.
I meant "Clinton"... not "collect"
BTW, Wolfe, That was a great interview. Bill Clinton is always "presidential". Of all the presidents this century and last century, Bill has to be the most presidential of any. Sure wish he could have ran for additional terms. There would be alot more middle class people and many people would be alive today that have since been murdered. Our nation would still be the greatest in the world. Now we are just another torturing nation fast becoming "third world" I hope Obama can eventually undue the damage done by Jr, Cheney and the GOP.
Collect took us out of a recession that jr's father put us in and given enough time Obama will bring us out of this one. The two Bush administrations should prove once and for all that republican economics (trickle down economics) does not work. Everytime the democrats raise this country up a notch, the republicans tear it down 5 notches.
To US citizen. There has never been any denial from the GOP candidates or members that Clinton did not turn the country over with a surplus. I do not need to go look at someone's numbers on the matter. The fact the right wing does not ever reject the notion that the Clinton years were very prosperous. As a matter of fact, the republicans tried to claim that those years were a delayed reaction to Bush Sr. Which is about as ridiculous as saying Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin are qualified to be president.
So he's cleverly seemingly continued to offer the support to his wife's boss, while at the same time demonstrating his power and influence by delicately letting the disgruntled democrat voters/independents who he liked on the Republican side so they'd have some direction/idea of where to put their vote. Ah, Obama thought he could keep his enemies close by keeping the Clinto'sn around but they're really making him look incompetant by doing exatly what they're doing which is biding their time, building on relationshpis, and plotting for the future.
Bill states "Clinton left Bush with a serious recession". If so, he had Eight(8) years to clean it up. BUT conservatives are only giving Obama three(3) years to clean up the Republican mess. Real logic, huh BUT written history tells us differently. Clinton left us on a solid economic footing. Both the 1929 and 2008 crashes were accomplished under
a Republican administration. AND NOW thanks to House Republicans, it looks like we are headed for yet another 2011
President Obama inherited two expensive wars and a financial market that had just driven off the cliff with unregulated bankers and hedge fund managers behind the wheel and their feet on the accelerator. If he ordered a massive pull-out from Irawq and Afghanistan in his inagural speech, the Republicans would have squawked; if he let the banking and automotive industries fail we would have been in such a deep economic hole we wouldn't see daylight for decades. As big as this economy is, how does anyone expect it to get fully back on its feet in a couple of years? Japan had a robust, and more nimble, economy than the U.S. and they talk about a "lost decade." Let's all get real, set partisanship aside, get civil, put our thinking caps on, and get this thing turned around.
I'm making less money under Obama's watch than I ever did under Clinton or Bush. In certain sectors his administration is putting people out of work. As far as helping people avoid foreclusure? I know 2 people that have lost their homes under Obama. Yeah, they say they'll work with you but, your mortgage goes up from 950 dollars a month to 1400 dollars a month! How much help is that?
It was Former President Bill Clinton that left GWB with a surplus and GWB ran out and left President Obama with a deficit. That little stunt GWB pulled calling McCain and Obama off the campaign trail was no more than a photo op for Americans to fool us into thinking that was the only "debt crisis", neither McCain or Obama needed to be there. Then 2 months later GWB left office and the economy crashed, what a coincident. Look at the whole picture and think about it and it would never have made any difference who became President. Bush pulled the biggest hijack in the World and got away clean.
He is dreaming if he thinks Obama will get re-elected. I don't even think I will bother voting the next time.
These things you talk about...budget...economy is so funny because the simple fact is that this problem was going on before OBama and you ( the people) let it happen.. So if you can blame OBama then i know you are full of crap..How can you forget that the Bush terms put this country in the crapper..
Wow you radical left and radical right wackos amaze.
We had a couple great presidents in recent decades, Clinton and Reagan, then a couple of pretty good ones, George Sr. and Obama, then some awful ones, George Jr. and Carter.
Get over yourselves. The more radical you both get the more likely a third party will win (not soon though). Why else do you think the people keep voting the reigning party (president and congress) out.
Wolf like all other CNN and MSM commentators can only ask questions submitted to them. Let them ask some questions that weren't submitted by a Democrat and see what happens. The last time it happened to Clinton he walked out of the interview. He was mad as hell that they didn't follow his script. This was after he was out of office.
Every American not blinded by foolish partisan politics fully realizes GWB put us into one (bleep) of a mess, and Obama has not provided the answers we need. There is despair in the land. Our brilliant political system is once again telling us we much choose between Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb, and somehow our choice is actually going to make some kind of difference LOL. People keep insisting their guy is different, and the other party is causing all the mess. Delusion is easier than facing the scary truth of what our situation really is.
Don't miss him at all. I miss the good economy he inherited thanks to Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and later due to the shrinking government a Republican Congress forced upon him.
Not a Republican or a Democrat but today I'd vote for Mao Tse Tung over BHO, at least Mao was honest about his leftist policies. Hope he'll be a one time president.
Sixty-seven percent of Republican voters are not enthused about any particular candidate out of the GOP field so far. (67% not enthused about anyone, 7% enthused about Romney, 6% enthused about Bachman, 6% enthused about Cain)
Liberals are conjecturing that therefore the GOP field as a whole is weak and doesn't fit who Republicans desire as their ideal candidate. Liberals have said Republicans sum up all the candidates as "just another crop of politicians".
I'll go ahead and counter that attack with the following. I would say those numbers, considering the primacy of the Presidential race, suggest the GOP field is actually strong. The GOP Presidential candidate field have several individuals that would be strong contenders against Obama in '12.
Romney, the candidate with the most enthused voters, has two strong qualities. First, he is a very presidential looking/seeming politician. And secondly, he is a moderate conservative that appeals to a wide range of voters. He is certainly a guy that fits into the "just another politician" segment, but he's the only one of the bunch that does.
Bachman, along with the rest of the highly enthused candidates, is an extreme fiscal conservative. Along with her obvious external appeal and charisma, she is a convicted politician that sticks to her conservative values.
Cain is gem. No surprise he has acquired a stronger than expected following. He is the prefect definition of a "non-polician". You might as well lable Ross Perot "just another politician" if you're going to lable Cain as such. He has no political experience. Everything he's touched in the past has turned to gold. Literally. Economically, probably the strongest candidate. And that's saying something considering the next guy.
Ron Paul should have cracked into this list of candidates with an enthused, half-way sizeable base. The guy wins straw polls right and left. No way 5% of the GOP isn't enthused about this guy being their candidate. He's the most extreme fiscal conservative of the bunch. He's 100% commited to the Constitution and desires freedom for American citizens more than any other candidate.
Here's really my point.... (Sorry it's taken so long for me to get around to it)
The GOP field as a whole is quite strong. We're one and nearly a half years away from election day. Over 30% of the base is already enthused about a particular candidate. All the different candidates have their strengths and weaknesses. But overall, there is an incredible enthusiam about booting Obama from the White House in 2012. And to think Republicans are left wistful by this crop of GOP candidates is simply not dealing with reality. There's early, strong support for more than a few candidates.
Cain is a* gem.
Nice analysis! Really. I'm a liberal, and will be voting for Obama next year (for lack of a better candidate, honestly) but you've done a really nice job outlining the strengths of the candidates on the GOP side. Allow me to identify their weaknesses as I see them:
Romney – Nice guy, looks like a President, but really he's not that much different than Obama. He's going to take a pounding on the Romneycare issue, which is his greatest triumph. I don't see how he gets through the primaries without the Tea Party ripping him apart, but if he could he would be a strong moderate candidate.
Bachmann – Populist, grass-roots, die hard conservative. She has the opposite problem of Romney. She might be able to sail through the primaries with the base, but a majority of Americans thinks she's extreme and kind of nutty. I don't see a path for her beating Obama.
Cain – He seems to say all the right stuff (exept maybe for that 3 page bills thing) but I just don't see him having the machine to make it all the way. Also, frankly, I think there is a contingent on the right that won't want another black guy, no matter how conservative he is.
Ron Paul – Ahh, Ron Paul. So refreshing, so honest. TOO honest. There's something about him everybody likes, and something about him everybody hates. I say right on to 90% of what he says. It's the other 10% that scares the hell out of me. Still, can you imagine what a Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich campaign could look like?
As for the rest of the field...Huntsman is just Romney under another name, Gingrich is a re-run, Santorum is frothy, and Pawlenty is boring. The only way T-Paw might win is if all the big boys shoot themselves in the foot.
realjack...Fox got rid of Glen beck for his delusional statements, I think it is time for you too, to give it up and go back to the hole you came from.
The poll which notes that Republicans are not excited about any of their candidates is meaningless. For you to allow your guests to even address it is a waste of time. Check the polls done 16 months prior to any presidential election. No candidates garner more than a modest percent. It is just too early. Let your guests pontificate on other subjects . Of course, their answers are so predictable that you could let random people on the street wear face masks of your proposed guests without any content difference.
Clinton was a good President in large part because after he went uberliberal in his first two years he got his ass handed to him in the midterms and Republicans took control of Congress. Clinton got the message and was then very good at working across the aisle to get things done. Obama, alas, did not get the memo in the 2010 elections and seems to think he is our first king. If he does not start taking a more active role and try to balance the 2 party's priorities, he's doomed in 2012, and alas so are we all.
Oh Bill, Bill, we miss you so much!!! If only you had still been president from 2000-2008, we would be in MUCH better shape! Not only a president that we had actually elected (unlike Bush 2000) but one who actually cared about the USA and not just the GOP fat cats that lied Bush into office, and then were rewarded wth trillions of war profits from the fake war in Iraq. Glad to hear that Bill agrees with ALL THINKING AMERICANS that President Obama will again win election in 2012. Let's face it, what chance do any of us have with another Republican, ever? Zero. What we need to concentrate on is what Democrat will become president in 2016? That is the REAL question.
awesome...Bill rocked as president....the GOP suck.....go Dems
Why do you say 2000-08? I'd say all the way till now or are you too partisan to disagree with a Democratic president no matter what he is doing? Clinton did a much better job than Bush did and Obama is doing I'd keep on voting for him over and over again.
People like you who elect parties and not people are the source of this country's problems. Have some independent thought for crying out loud.
NYCMOVIEFAN...You're joking right??? The economic mess we find ourselves in right now should result in the firing of President Obama. He has no idea what he's doing and he is spending us into oblivion. You will certainly counter that ithe economic mess was started by President Bush....In actuality, the economic collapse has it's genesis steeped in the liberal policies that tried to socially engineer that everyone deserved to own a home......that is a FACT....
Thats why we never see the Bush family cause of this mess (father & son). Obama has tried so hard would love to see him and Bill clinton take over!
Actually thinking Americans will realize the slap voters gave to Clinton in 94 shaped his presidency. You need split between Congress and the white house to get some middle ground. Either side gets a super majority and the country is doomed from their ideology.
Completely agree Ernie. Clinton was successful because he had to compromise and occupy the middle ground. When he realized that is what the voters want rather than ideology, he started to like it there. The current President still doesn't get it partly due to the fact that he is throughly imbued with leftist ideaology....the rest of his psyche is hard to identify, could be a mix of immaturity and intellectual conceit. He is a funny combination of impulses, on the one hand he is virtually moved to tears when he hears Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the common man" and on the other hand he loves and seeks luxury, will think nothing of distorting the truth, and is bought and paid for by GE.
A split government may work when both sides actually work for the best interests of the country. However, today, we have the Republican Party whose primary objective is defeating President Obama and which will sacrifice the country and their own integrity to further their own ideological objectives.
Yeah Bill, we miss your free trade agreements that sent us into this tailspin. Any other great idea's up your sleeve? or under your desk?
If you REALLY believe George Bush and the GOP is solely responsible for the troubled economy in the US, you are either a liar or a fool.
I agree. Please President Clinton, will you please consider runnning once again, this time eiher as Hillary's VP or Al Gore's VP. Obama couldn't undo what President Bush sunk the world into a recession on. While his father was a honored statesman, Bush Jr's apple fell so far from the responsibility tree that Obama never had the chance. While he was a OJT President as Bush Jr was, he still doesn't have what you have – charisma, honor, responsibility and the ability like President Kennedy did, to bring this country together.
We need to unfortunately run another democrat in November 2012, maybe we can convince Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or the CEO of Bershire Hathaway?
If not, then at least get someone as his VP who, like your lovely and intelligent wife, can bring America back to the greatness and positive budgets that you were able to preside over. I have complete respect for VP Biden and his experience but like alot of OLDer Senators, McCain, Reid, McConnell, Hatch, it's his time too to enjoy life and give way to that World Class lady who broke the glass ceiling in 2008. If Hillary runs as Obama's VP, I will be the 1st to donate anything I can to her campaign.
President Clinton – You are a World Class President and this country was fortunate to have had you in the Oval Office sir.
It might happen now if Repubs were not rabid about their ideology and insistence that the rich and corporations pay their fair share. They were no where near as adamant when Clinton was president. But, then again, he was a much stronger leader than Obama. His temper put the Repubs in check many times.
Tax colgate a little more and guess what happens ? You pay more for your toothpaste. Every company you tax will always pass the cost on to its consumer. They have payrolls to meet and dividends to pay. Taxing them is only taxing yourself in the long run.
Maybe if Billy had taken Bin Laden when he was offered up on a silver plate we would have never had 9-11 ?
Maybe if Billy hadn't pushed sub prime motgages through Freddie and Fannie we wouldn't have had a Worldwide recession.
You do realize that the housing markets crash was due to clinton and the dems while he was in office. They created laws that forced banks to give out the loans to people who couldnt afford them. Thus this bursted housing market. Please do your homework before you form an opinion.
Revisionist history? Banks wern't forced to do anything! They got themselves in their own mess because of greed period.
He screwed it up, let him try and fix it. The world will hate us again, but this country runs best when the government is corrupt. We can't get anything done in Washington without under the table payoffs, cronyism and good ol' fashion lying. Come'on America, what do you say? We need a man like "W" to manage this cess pool of political filth we call our government...
You must be taking some pretty intense crystal meth........GW raised the debt ceiling 7 times without a peep from Republicans.......GW started two wars (on path to $2.7 TRILLION dollars and counting) and put through a Prescription Drug Plan, all without paying for them. In 2007, the economy started to tank, and GW was asleep at the switch (just had to get out to the ranch for some brush clearing). And by the way, we were hit by terrorists on GW's watch (I don't blame the President, but I'm just using Republican logic (oops that is an oxymoron - Republicans and logic - tee, hee).).
Instead of bringing back the most corrupt to lead the corrupted, why dont we start voting these idiots out.
I can't believe I am saying this it but since Obummer is in George Soros pocket, Soros will $buy$ Obummer's way in for a second term. It's all about the money and the continuation to proceed with their "New World Order". They have already started and cannot continue without another 4 more years. The muslim brotherhood has a stong foothold in Egypt, we are in Libya to help the muslim brotherhood there and throughout the middle east. They will praise Obummers who has roots with them and they will look-up to him as their liberater. Thus, Obummer will be the new Caliph. Case closed.
You must believe it, you said it. I don't agree with you, but that's alright.
You are an illiterate fool. Your post is full of personal racist attacks. I hate to tell you, but no one but crazy people like you believe Obama is a Muslim or was born in Kenya. Sorry.
NO, it is naive people like you that believe the likes of Obama/Holder, and their owner George Soros. They are out to make America a socialist nation. You need to seriously wake up. These people and most of the democrats are truly EVIL.......
Obama was a Muslim for years, his wife told him before he ever got into politics that no Muslim would ever be elected. He said the became a Christian then. Would a Christian stand up and say America isn't a Christian nation? Would a Christian cancel the National Day of Prayer to go and pray with the Muslims? These things happened you need to get your facts and then post.
Since when do religious attacks equate to racist???
Racism? Are you serious? Obviously you don't know what racism is. You really should learn the concept before you make a fool of yourself here.
That is the nuttiest thing I have heard all day.
Do like the "Obummer" nickname, thought!
If you like the nickname, you are as racist at the realjack.
Seek professional help
"Obummer" You are so brilliant! You must be so proud.
Thanks for the joke of the day, I had a good laugh.
Do you hear voices, see dead people too?
You're a natural Bachmann supporter (i.e. teabagger nutcase).
Sweetheart, please for the love of god, take your medication. you are delusional and paranoid and could hurt yourself and/or others.
Have an original thought of your own? or does everything you say come straight from Fox News?
"Obummer?" What are you, 12?
Oh My God!!! The Sky Is Falling-The Sky Is Falling!!!!!!!!1
I can't believe this... that there are still such darn idiots in an advanced country like this country.
Obummer HAHAHAHA!! Man this sums up usual republican sense of humor. All the wit and cleverness of Rush Limbaugh.
Learn to laugh at yourselves, guys. I mean, if Boehner was a democrat, you guys would be making fun of his name every five seconds.
Seriously, great nickname...Obummer lol. Most USELESS and BASELESS comment of the day, but great nickname!
Crawl back under your rock and let the grown-ups handle this.
Yes, as we have already seen the start of Obama asking for low denomination donations. I heard Walmart is running out of pre-paid credit cards already. You know it is for the same reason that kidnappers do, much harder to trace.
Good comment wesley. We are partially responsible for this mess as well. Especially big businesses scamming people and closing down, and the credit crisis go hand in hand. This will lead to housing markets failing, etc.
Ummmm... Is there anything else we could have expected the ex prez to say? Is this news?
No matter who runs against him, Obama will be the most qualified Republican on the ticket
Mitch didn't even know the man but from day one said his first and most important order of business is to oppose BO, no matter what! What arrogance and ignorance is this. Why do republicans even claim to represent when they don't talk for the people!
Time and time again, anyone reading the mainstream news or reading articles on the Internet will read the claim that President Clinton not only balanced the budget, but had a surplus. This is then used as an argument to further highlight the fiscal irresponsibility of the federal government under the Bush administration.
The claim is generally made that Clinton had a surplus of $69 billion in FY1998, $123 billion in FY1999 and $230 billion in FY2000 . In that same link, Clinton claimed that the national debt had been reduced by $360 billion in the last three years, presumably FY1998, FY1999, and FY2000–though, interestingly, $360 billion is not the sum of the alleged surpluses of the three years in question ($69B + $123B + $230B = $422B, not $360B).
While not defending the increase of the federal debt under President Bush, it's curious to see Clinton's record promoted as having generated a surplus. It never happened. There was never a surplus and the facts support that position. In fact, far from a $360 billion reduction in the national debt in FY1998-FY2000, there was an increase of $281 billion.
Verifying this is as simple as accessing the U.S. Treasury website. Why is it everyone believes what they hear without verifying the facts? It's a no wonder we are in the mess we are in! Oh, and another fact that is equally as provable- Obama has added more to the national debt than ANY one president in our history.... you can look that up to, but sadly, can't take it to the bank.
And I still can't get by the fact that he lied to us all and treated us like we were stupid. Immorality I can deal with arrogance I cannot.
Glad you have your morals. So, with ur comments, I will assume u feel the same way about bush flat out lying to the american people about there being weapons of mass destruction. Done and done.
It could be argued that he treated you like you were stupid because you were and are!
Do you really think Gaddifi turned over his own Nuclear program?
That was Saddams program and it gave Gaddifi a way to gain favor in the eyes of the world (guess that was short lived huh?)..
You obviously don't know what facts are, but then again, you sound like a republican.
You are a fool. These numbers can directly from the Treasury's website- you can see it for yourself- that is if you know how to read a chart & spreadsheet... they are cold hard facts. Did you research it for yourself? I know you didn't.
Looked it up. U.S. debt dropped under Clinton. Debt spiked up under Bush. You don't really look at facts or understand what the term surplus means in this context.
You must subscribe to the new math where 1+1 can equal anything you darn well please. These aren't imaginary numbers. They came directly from the Treasury's website.
Oh, and by the way... our National Debt is very different from our public debt. Clinton DID reduce our public debt... he did NOTHING (in fact- the opposite) for our National Debt.
Brian is correct! US Citizen must have flunked the first grade and then attended the republican school of disinformation.
Uh actually, imbecile, the national debt and public debt are the same thing. Seriously, you are dumber than a sack of hammers.
Uh, actually, imbeci1e, national debt and public debt are the same thing. You are dumber than a sack of hammers.
You need to get your facts straight. For myself, I am going with the truth.
So the treasury department website is fact? Who is actually behind the FED and who started it back in 1913 and has been running the thing for the last 100 years? Talk about monetary manipulation.
The treasury dept's information can be verified by multiple secondary/outside sources. I'm not going to do your research for you, but it's there for the taking. Oh, and make sure you understand 2 things- public debt vs. national debt, and intragovernmental debt/holdings.
If you don't understand those 2 items, nothing else will make sense.
I'm not sure if your facts are correct or not. I do know beyond a doubt that George W Bush loudly proclaimed that the "surplus" was proof that Washington was taxing people too much, and thus justified his massive tax cuts. There are video clips on YouTube right now of speeches Bush made saying these things. I do agree taxes need to be limited as possible. However, at the same time Bush passed the tax cuts, he simultaneously EXPLODED Federal spending, starting the multi-trillion dollar Iraq war, passing Medicare part D, among other things. It was very predictable that the Federal deficit would explode to obscene levels, which it did.
Well I think the answer is because most people do not fact check. They hear and read and assume what they heard was factual. Most people do not think about how during Clintons era he allowed Social security funds to be transferred into the general fund leaving IOU'S behind. They also don't remember the NINJA ( NO INCOME, NO JOB and NO ASSETS) loans that were enacted during the Clinton administration which eventually help collapse the housing market. Yes good old slick Willie was a real piece of work. The sleaziest thing about Willie is that when he was caught committing adultery he lied about it. Remember, " I did not have sexual relations with that woman?" That made him a liar too.
Clinton did in fact leave the white house with a balanced budget. Bush felt that any surplus the government had the government would spend. So we got the Bush tax cuts. Well then there were two wars, a few big natural disasters, and a recession. We could have started paying down the nation debt instead of giving the tax breaks. We could have started only one war. We still would have had the recession, but it we would have been in a lot better place to be able to handle it.
US Citzen – I read majority of your blog postings and checked up on your reference. I conclude, after doing extensive research, that you are the dumbest, retarded, ignorant US citizen in the country.
2010 spending under Obama: 23.8% of GDP (including spending for two wars). 1983 spending under Reagan: 23.5% of GDP (with lower health care costs and lower interest). Both were years following recessions, when revenues fall and federal costs increase.
Making up your own facts. You must me a republican!
I looked at the above mentioned chart. you are technically correct and the reported numbers are also correct. the total national debt DID go up, and there WAS a surplus during the clinton years. I guess we as a country must have still borrowed more during those year, but the amount that the federal government held was greater. i'm not exactly sure why we borrowed more opposed to paying off some of those debt.
While you are right that Clinton did not have a surplus. The argument I have made is he came close to balancing the budget and he took serious steps towards fiscal solvency. There are numerous graphs out there that illustrate this fact nicely. Now, with Obama you are incorrect. Our Gross Debt and Public Debt increased more under the 8 years of Bush then during Obama's almost 3 years in office. Has Obama increased the debt? Yes. Has he increased the annual budget to record levels? Yes. Do I think it sucks? Yes. Has he done more damage to this country then Bush? Nope. Who put us more in debt, Obama or Bush? Bush, by a long shot.
Democrats aren't free of blame. They controlled Congress and failed to do much with that majority. But, Republicans have been in Congress in greater numbers for about 6 months now, and there are still no jobs from them. The market is recovering, people don't realize that though. There are people in the private sector that are getting multiple offers from employers now. We are adding jobs on a monthly basis although the gains are modest. Jobs are a lagging indicator of the economy anyway, so the economy was getting better months ago.
Government doesn't create jobs fools. The sooner you figure that out, the better off we will be.
Why put blame on Obama? You should look back they all started from me America.
The simple answer is OBAMA HAS MADE IT WORSE!. You cannot blame Bush forever. OBAMA IS A FAILED PRESIDENT...IT'S THAT SIMPLE>
Obama made it worse?? I doubt if you know what you are talking about?? How would we not blame Bush?? So if you were unemployed for 3 years and consistently borrowed money to make ends meet then suddenly land a new job which is like less than half what you made while incurring the 'old debts' would you simply get out of the red by landing such a job?? The answer is NO. Americans continue to act like they are inn a different world like their own brand of economics is different!! Obama has done far better and time will TELL, wished the US can take the risk of allowing another republican there for another four years so you can feel the difference between Obama years and the republicans.. Tax cuts DOES NOT CREAT JOBS!! especially tax cuts for large corporations and the very wealthy who do not spend, who would rather explore every loopholes in tax laws to hide their income abroad.
I find it laughable that you call Obama a "failed President"! He has been in office for 2 years...how long do you think it will take to erase EIGHT YEARS of Bush policy? Do you think this happens overnight, as soon as a new President is elected? Oh, maybe his inability to perform these miracles you seem to be expecting comes from the fact that the GOP is controlling the House of Representatives...and BLOCKING every Democratic effort to fix our broken nation. It doesnt matter if the Democrats are voting to create jobs or to help disaster victims...whatever the Democrats want, the GOP will block!
In short, I think you need to refresh yourself on how our government really works before calling Obama a failure. Your comment just shows everyone how ignorant you really are!
Its going to take far longer than a couple years to recover from the mortgage crises. All that debt has to be absorbed somewhere. It wouldn't have mattered much who was president and most would have handled it the same way (distasteful as that was) and besides damage control there wasn't much else you can do. The fact of the matter is it will take time to fully recover – many years.
If President is a failed president, what would you call former President Bush, a failed president?
Barack Obama should get reelected he is the most personal president to date. Just listen
What in the world does "personable" have to do with running a country, acting as Commander in Chief, etc etc etc... NOTHING! I'm a pretty personable guy myself, or so I've been told, but that doesn't mean I know how to be a president. It is quite obvious why Obama was elected. Had nothing to do with his resume (isn't anything on it worth noting anyhow). In fact, the only thing he DOES do well is deceive the masses. I'd even wager that ya'll are SO deceived you wouldn't believe it if it hit you upside the head.
So who should be president then Mr US Citizen?
Firstly, because he becomes Commander-In-Chief, it needs to be someone who has already served in our military (as this person automatically becomes my boss), an individual who has a credible and lengthy resume in public office such as Governor, Lt Governor, Congressman, Senator, etc, they need to understand BOTH macro and micro economics, and they need to understand our nation's history as it applies to foreign policy as well as EVERYTHING else.
You let me know when you find this person, cause I'm pretty sure he/she doesn't exist, although I could be wrong. It sure as heck isn't Obama...
Ok, I can agree with that. Obama to me was the lesser of two evils compared to McCain/Palin. I'm not a fan of either party, which really is one in the same. I've been a green party pastafarian for 20 years, but no 3rd party will ever make a dent in the office of the president.
Wow, you're a dummy... and not too personable
Someone who served in the military? Well, we saw, you guys elected GW and his pal Cheney twice.
GW's military credentials are murky at best. As for Cheney, he took deferments . And when someone had the 'gall' to question his military record, old Dick, basically told him and the country that 'he had more important things to do than serve'.
And these are are your heroes who served in the military.
In your 'budget analysis' you conveniently forgot to add, that while GW Bush made sure that war expenditure in trillions never showed up in the budget (basically hidden), Obama made sure they were in – as they should always be.
I want a responsible President. I don't care if he sound like Larry the Cable Guy.
What we need to fix the economy is DEAD RICH PEOPLE! The Republicans talk about class warfare, but it only seems to count as class warfare when rich people are criticized not when poor people go hungry or die early deaths because they lack proper medical care. The current Republican position amounts to population control. Where have all the people who have lost their homes to bank foreclosure gone? The patriot act makes it illegal to not have a physical address, so do those who have lost their homes also loose their rights as American citizens? Without a physical address you can't renew your drivers license or vote. So I guess that only rich people can be citizens or have rights.
The Patriot Act does no such thing.
actually it does by requiring all people who want to get a drivers license or post office box or bank account or vote to have an up to date PHYSICAL address. so a homeless citizen must either lie or try to survive without. and by the way lying on a government application is a crime.
Dead Rich People – don't you know that more than 65% of "rich" people are democrats.
Well we all have to remember that after 9-11 happened the economy started its downfall then we started was overseas. Then obama went into office only to have be clean stuff up. SO while everyone is out there mouthing him maybe you should look to see how and were it all started. Yes the economy is bad but you gotta crawl before you can walk
Yeah, and who was sitting on his porch in Aug. 2001 @ The Ranch in Crawford w/his boots crossed, thumbing through the Pres. Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Intends to Attack Inside America".
Actually, that is not accurate. Our economy was headed this way many years before any of this happened. The signs were there, people were screaming, but no one listened. We loaned home loans to those who had no business having one (meaning, they had a track record of defaulting) and we spend more than we bring in.
As a matter of fact- this track began when we left the gold standard and no longer had anything tangible to back our dollars with. Do your research and stop believing the stupid media.
And this happened under the Bush administration. What are you trying to say? Perhaps you should take a few classes in comprehension to help you understand the issues.
Thank you!!! These Republicans like to bury their heads in the sand. What did we get from Bush tax cuts?? They never have an answer for that... I have never seen where 'losing' weight means you starve to death!! You can 'lose weight-cut spending and at same time eat right-increase revenue so that you live and be healthy.. what is soo hard for republicans to understand in that?????????
Barack Obama should be re elected he is the most personal president to date. Just listen
sure, this is a no brainer since 52% of the voters are fools and nothing has been done to educate them. you can't fix stupid unless they ran across the nearest boarder or tried to operate machinery.
Hey lou50: Obviously, you're one of the stupid that can't be fixed.
Says the persona that can't spell "border"
Nobody will take you seriously until you learn to spell correctly
Before you call anyone a fool, try spellchecking your post. For instance, it's "border," not "boarder." Use capitals at the beginning of sentences. I mean, use your common sense and your third-grade English lessons. Fools are the ones who trip over their own knowledge in a frenzied effort to belittle others. Stones and glass houses, right?
This, from the person who just threw several rocks. The original poster was right. The citizens of our fair country have no idea of the principles upon which this country was founded. When more folks know who the finalists on American Idol are than who is the Secretary of State; there is little hope for our future.
I agree with prez Clinton. Obama will be re-elected.
Well, I voted for Obama last time, BUT I WON"T MAKE THE SAME MISTKE TWICE!!!
I love people who claim they voted for Obama last time but won't make the same mistake again. You're fooling no one.
Well, I voted for Obama last time, and I sure will vote for him again. Will, never vote for Republicans and Conservatives, because:
They believe the earth is 6000 years old (and these people think others are stupid)
They Want the federal government to do everything for them (only them), and don't want to pay for it... the real pan handlers in my opinion.
They are biggest hypocrites ever: They break all family values, and yet pretend they uphold all these (until they get caught)
Michelle Bachman and her family got $400,000 in federal aid – but she's against Federal aid (for others)
Rush (bombastic) Limbaugh, the drug addict hate other drug addicts, Larry Craig hates gays (until he got caught in the bathroom).
There are tons of such examples - will take all my life to write them down about these most useless, inane, shameless, hypocrites trying to pretend they are decent people!
You guys are crazy. Obama has to deal with the party of no, the party of snobby children, party of blatant racists/sexists/homophobes, and he inherited the worst financial situation since the Great Depression. And 2.5 years later you expect it to magically go away? It took the Great Depression about 10 years to go away with the presidents of the time doing what Obama is doing by pouring money into the economy. We entered the war and got $$$ off of that too, which effectively ended the Depression and ushered in a new era. I remember when Clinton was president, I didn't worry about much. Once 9/11 happened, I knew things were going to take a turn for the worst. Clinton gave a surplus from a deficit, so I guess he doesn't know what he's talking about. Bush turned it into a mega deficit. Obama is trying to fix it but isn't getting much help.
We don't HAVE money to pour into the economy you fool! It came from loans from China. You cannot borrow money to get out of debt!! WTF!! and again- Clinton did NOT have a surplus when he left office. That is a myth and the facts clearly show this is a myth. Do your research, fool. US Treasury's website. It's all there.
The national debt and the yearly deficit are 2 different things. Clinton turned the deficit into a surplus. The surplus was not big enough to pay interest on the debt. Thus, our debt increased while we had a butget surplus.
US Citizen, you are on pretty shakey ground calling someone else a fool. Maybe it's like the old saw: "it takes one to know one."
For those who criticize Obama over creating more public debt need to learn some cold facts Bush gross public debt increased from $5.7 trillion in January 2001 to $10.7 trillion by December 2008=5 trillion increase. An d created deficits due to spending on 2 wars and huge unnecessary tax cuts. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np 10.7 trillion to $14.2 trillion by February 2011= 3.5 trillion http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/2011/opds022011.pdf.
You cannot snap your fingers and expect to come out of this deep of a recession in 2.5 years. It is an evident truth that trickle down economics don't work. Obama has cut taxes 22 times since being in office. With most of the tax cuts benefiting businesses. There is job creation but it is slow here in the US. Many major US companies are hiring just not here but in the countries and regions that are growing fastest, ie Asia. Presidents cannot create jobs, congress can however pass legislation that gives business incentives to hire Americans. Neither party is doing that at this point. I swear that people need a refresher of american history, economics and political science 101. Get on your state representatives or vote them out, it is the only way to change the system. Both parties should grow up and do their job, but we have become a nation that thrives on ignorant and folksy rhetoric instead of using the brain God gave us all. When you don't give business incentives to create US jobs for Americans than you get perceived need for deeper cuts to programs that are self sufficient when the unemployment rate is between 5-6%.
I love how you consistently wave the flag of the Treasury like a child clinging to his last vestiges of hope. Btw money doesn't exist, it's based merely on people willing to accept numbers in a computer for goods. So China just fudges these numbers in a computer to devalue their currency making their exports super cheap qnd gets them more numbers in a computer, you're the fool.
Thank you for injecting some facts and common sense into the discussion.
The biggest credit that can be given to Clinton is that he knew how to ride the wave of political growth that was building when he came in. That's not easy, but it's also not his doing. He simply didn't screw it up. That's actually what we need from a president. Someone that will tweak not steer.
The liberal policies under FDR extended the Great Depression and that is well documented. Obama is extending the economic misery with his stupid tax and spend policies...IT DOES NOT WORK!!!......Ronald Reagan lead the largest economic expansion in our history with a policy of tax cutting and de-regulation....IT WORKS.....IT'S FACT....and the current POTUS DOES NOT GET IT!!!!!.....
Reagan raised taxes numerous times, that's a FACT. His trickle down economic policy is also a colossal failure, and a big part of why we're at where we are now.
take a flying leap will you.
Mike – "name any other President who inherited an economy on the rise and left office with the economy beginning a major slide"
Trick question? BUSH!!! Got in with 21+ million new jobs and a budget surplus in 2001 left with a depression and huge deficit in 2008!
That is a HUGE myth! There was NO budget surplus! Go look up the FACTS on the US Treasury website, fool.
Try fact check . org. THERE WAS A SURPLUS WHEN CLINTON LEFT OFFICE!
Why don't you stuff it and take your meds. You sound like a warped broken record saying the same things over and over again.
Oh, unintelligent republicans. There are way too many of you. Get off your high horse. Clinton was the best president of the past 30 years. Bush jr.(aka mr. weapons of mass destruction) is what got this country in the horrible shape it is now!
@Derek; this is one fact the GOP just like to ignore!!! Bush liked about WMD, none was found in Iraq, every available intelligence showed Alqeada and Sadam Hussien had no connection, Sadam had nothing to do with 911 yet Bush went to war instead of looking for Bin Laden, in the tribal regions of pakistan Afganistan.. To add insult to injury Bush was enriching Haliburton with contracts in iraq. Do we need anyone to tell us where all the 'deficit' came from? Now this is what Obama has to deal with, rather than thank him they pour insults on him daily.. Listening to Michelle and Sarah I laugh and wonder where these women came from??
How about unintelligent democrats then. Reagan and Clinton were both very good. Unfortunately neither moronic democrats and moronic republicans can see it.
Derek......Bush did make some mistakes but which of his policies led to the economic meltdown?? Please enlighten us with your intelligence.....Liberals need to look in the mirror and remember the policies they promoted (Especially Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barney Frank....who promoted policies that made home ownership way to easy...)
Yes he was an excellent President... when he had a Republican Congress.
He knew how to make concessions and how to negotiate a deal. Something Mr Community Organiser doesn't know anything about.
Amercian will mock out of presdient obama.20012 he is too bad problems
There is no strong republican nominee. Obama wins 2012. Romney is probably the most centered moderate candidate, however god forbide a mormon! Ridicoulous.
God forbid a Mormon??? I'll bet you think that kind of discrimination is okay as long as its directed at the right. You utter fool.
Yes...........and I am surprised that Clinton has not seduced one of Obamas cabinet members yet!
Maybe he did and we don't know it. :-)
He has. Her name is Hillary.
Could you please learn to spell and put a sentence together properly?
He's right the Republicans do not have a solid front runner, maybe Romney but a Morman will never lead the US. Obama caught Osama and helping more people in forclosure than any of the Republican ever will or have
Republicans would have never allowed folks who couldn't afford homes to buy them in the first place.....therefore there wouldn't have been anywhere near the mountain of foreclosures we've seen.....do some research
republicans wouldn't allow people to buy mortgages they could not afford. WHAT?????. Who do you think was president at the time. Which party had control of both the senate and congress.
I tell ya,,,,, the ignorance never ceases to amaze me from these right wing nuts.
You watch too much NBC, ABC, CBS. They push Rommney and Huntsman as the favorites because thats who they want to see, but they are not even on the A list.
Once again I'm being censored
Me too....................Wolf Blitzer and CNN are both crock heads!
IF WE ALL DRINK THE COOL AID, MAYBE
You know what, his personal life didn't make him a president. what he did for his country is what matters. republicans lack that or should i say the GOOD OLE PARTY. so crooked why you think we called bad cops the GOOD OLE BOYS? its the same reason they take from minorities and relish what they stole. smile in your face and stab you in the back. clinton did his job for the people. Bush did his job for his republicans and Obama is doing his job for Everybody. but the GOOD OLE PARTY dont like that so what we have is a party that dont support americans in need minorities. and in truth there are more minorities than there are majorities so who really needs help. STEP UP REPUBLICANS BE AMERICANS. THAT WHAT CLINTON WAS. HIM GETTING SEXUAL RELATIONS IS JUST A SETBACK WITH HIS PERSONAL LIFE. I BET REPUBLICANS CHEAT ON THEIR WOMEN TO JUST LIKE CIVILIANS WE JUST HAVE TO FORGIVE. THAT WHAT SEPERATES US FROM GOD PEOPLE
yes, unlike the entirely legit Whitewater Clintons....doh... who said that.
Stop shouting foo'
BILL IS SMOKIN CRACK and I guess you never had sexual rlelations with that women either?
Hey Mike from WV – He did a good job? Do you mean sexually taking advantage of an intern while Al Qaeda was plotting against us? Who was a big player in the fantasy of cheap mortgages and homeownership for everyone, 5% down, etc.?
I wonder if the former President would like to put some money where his mouth is????? The only reason people voted for obama was because they wanted to be politically correct. Obama has NO experience in anything what-so-ever and he has proven this time and time again. He has plunged this country into the largest debt since George Washington and further more, more debt than from George Washington to his administration!!! His education was paid for by domestic terrorists, the black panthers and he took his oath of office in another domestic terrorists living room!!! Remember the racist Jeremiah Wright??? He is a friend of obamas. With all of this said, you bleeding heart liberals go ahead and vote for him in the coming election because you're gonna need a bigger boat this time to get him elected!!!!!!
I agree 100%.
I recommend you lay off the liquor and brush up on your facts!
You're a moron. I know it's hard for you to understand, but intelligent people, ie, not YOU, have already learned that everything you have cut and pasted from Sean Hannity's blog above has been declared factually wrong.
You are INSANE! Let me guess. You are an avid fox news watcher and listen to rush l.
Good lord you're an idiot. No experience? He's served as a politician on a national scale far greater than Romney ever has.
Americans should be proud of Mr Clinton. He was one of the best you had. He understood the world. Listen to him folks, he knows what his talking about. As a South African the Republican party remind me of the white government during the appartheid time and look what happened to them. Republicans, the world is moving too fast for you. Xoxo
YOU NAILED IT ON THE HEAD SCULLY!
You obviously know nothing about US History and the Republican party, Do a little research on the Civil War and Jim CRow laws. Then come back and make your commentary.
bill where's monica?
under his table
Blitzer is a shill for the democrats. What other answer did he think Clinton would give about Obama being elected? Duh?Maybe he was hoping the ex-prez would make another "serving us coffee" gaff like he did before.
Me thinks Bill likes Huntsman. Keep an eye on that guy...
Clinton was a very business friendly democrate as is Obama. He also did sign the last bit of regulation away that gave the banks full steam to ruin this country, but it was a process that had been going on for a while. You haVE TO REALIZE LOBBYISTS INFLUENCE DECISIONS IN WASHINGTON. Wall st has a powerful one. The republicans now are insane. How can you judge this president that has to deal with a party that is going to take the opposite of everything he says. I can't beleive he as accomplished what he alreeady has. Obama for 2012!!!!
Obama and the Liberals need to apply the following:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody, anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
WELL STATED! I couldn't agree more! Sadly, what you wrote is common sense, but the vast majority on this board isn't going to even begin to understand the implications of these truths.
Don't forget ,"Taxes are job killers" in your recitation of your daily prayers/talking points. Except, Bill created 22 million NEW jobs after raising the max income tax rate to 39 %. W. lowered it to 33 % and we LOST millions of jobs.
Yep, you surely are and you've proven it to us.
Over the last 30 years, the middle class and poor have suffered and the top 2% have got richer and richer. That's republican policy at it's finest. It needs to change.
I do see that like the GOP, you do not make any sense and you never will. Who was the President when America was awarding no bids contracts in the billions per day to Haliburton? How did you republicnas expect to pay for all the money wasted by BUSH jnr in iraq? A senseless war that was waged under false pretences and lies!! Gop and the tea party must contionue to bury their heads in the sand thinking that the impact of Bush wars is not reflected in the high unemployment and lack of jobs. Obama has created jobs and reversed all the nearly 1 million jobs lost each month under Bush.
Gee flying so there's been no democratics in the last 30 years... doh, oh yeah there have including Billy.
This post says it best......THE END!!!
In the past 30 years Republicans have controlled the House and Senate for what 8 to 10 years ? How do you blame everything on Republicans ? There is enough corruption and blame to spread around. Time to wake up.
I'm afraid his expectations won't be met.... He can't win without the independent vote and they are more than upset with his leadership and policies. If you think about it.... Obama is not a very good president at all. If the economy doesn't turn around in a year.... he is finished.
So we vote for the party that has continually given us the worst presidents of all time?
here's to president bachmann and vice president palin – the two most educated conservatives on this planet.
If you think they are educated, then you must of flunked out out kindergarten.
Which party is that?? The party of Lincoln and Ronald Reagan?.....or Jimmy Carter and his twin Barack Obama?
Obama not a good president at all?? You must be joking! Where were you when the US under George Bush was losing jobs each month? where were you when Banks and auto industry collapsed? You guys must think your voddo economics makes sense. Is your tax cuts made any sense, under Bush jobs were lost in the millions even with the so called 'pro business, job creating' tax cuts. How in the world do you republicans believe not increasing revenue will do the magic? If cuts was all that was required, I wonder then why some people do more than one job to survive..
Get a clue dude....If you think Bush had anything to do with the economic collapse; please understand it Genesis!!!...It was deeply rooted in the liberal policies that promoted home ownership by anyone with a pulse......
Bill just talks the talk and not walk the talk. Look at what he did not what he talk. Did anyone get that?
I am sure that I did see that before. This interview is meaningless....
How's your IRA been in the past 10 years ?
Still one the great Presidents in my book. Just for Speaker Boehner's information, Clinton's 1993 budget raised taxes with no Republican votes (they vociferously predicted disaster for the economy) and then we got a budget surplus, 8 million new jobs, the highest growth rate since the War, and the lowest poverty rate in a generation. So the lie that higher taxes reduce job growth is always repeated ad nauseam by Republicans but that does not make it true.
absolutely right.. you hit right on the nail..the confidence that clinton did put in business community back in late 90's and early 2000 was unmatchable compared to the current administration. Clinton always followed the simple rule that " if you want to motivate people never mention death". He had that great aura of self confidence that is missing in present day politicians and presidents.
Make that 22 million NEW jobs.
A non-story. Of course Bill Clinton has to say that. I doubt that he believes it.
There is no way he will win. Unless the voting is rigged or he pulls a miracle and fixes things, theres no way he's winning
You know how many registered Democrats I know that didn't vote during 08 because the couldn't bring themselves to vote for a black man ? Racism runs rampant throughout the old guard. It is hard to believe he won the last one without fraud.
In 9 months we had the dot.com collapse. A 5 trillion blow to the US economy. Enron, Aldelphia and MCI-World_com collapsed. Then 9/11. That's what Bush inherited. Why would anyone want Clinton to be president again?
Don't forget 9-11. Bush was "studying" the problem at the Crawford Ranch in Aug. 2001 but had the PDB upside down.
Don't forget the Saudis offered to turn Bin Laden over to us or Bill Clinton to be specific and he refused.
Lets repeal term limits and vote him back in!
You've got to be kidding. He left Bush on the verge of a serious recession. How quickly people forget.
....Bet Hillary will STILL Knock off Obama vor dem nomination...the Dems will Know suicide to run this pathetic loser Obama again...and economy will assure..he is toast...
For the sake of our country, he had better be dead wrong.
How can he lose?. He's totally got the vote of: 1. Govt workers. 2. Union workers. 3. Those on the dole, e.g. the elderly, infirmed, those faking being infirmed, the unemployment collectors that don't want to work, etc.. 4. Minorities. 5. The dopey intelligencia on the left and right coasts, i.e. those dopes who think they know more than the poor slobs elsewhere.
Republicans are left with teabaggers, racists, and fundamentalist christians.
Sounds like a winning constituency right there.
you are correct sir!
Okay, I just laughed out loud. This is so funny. There is no way BO is going to win after the destruction he has done to this country.
what HE did? you mean trying to clean up W mess? no one-not even GOD-can clean up the mess that Bush started. Clinton left office with a $200 billion surplus. Iraq had NOTHING to due with 9/11; except of course get Cheney richer with HALIBURTON getting no-bid gov't. contracts. Saddam was a loon, but if you stepped out of line, you paid the price. WOMD? we didnt even find a bolt for nukes. keep on "thinking" number 7
Verifying this is as simple as accessing the U.S. Treasury website.
Obama (senator) and the Democrats keep the sub prime mortgage mess going strong. This cannot be blamed on Bush. Freddie and Fannie bundled the loans and sold them to Wall Street. This cannot be blamed on Bush.
I guess people forget that the Democrats started the failure and then blamed Bush when it crashed.
Clinton is probably right. Obama is so good at sales that he could sell ice to an Eskimo. He has certainly sold the American public on his plan to create a Utopia here in the U.S. where everyone makes the same $, has the same health care, has the same retirement benefits, where everyone owns a home, and everything is just hunky dory.
Problem is that when you take the incentive to succeed away you also take away the motivation. After all, why would an entrepenuer start a business and hire people when he knows the government aims at taking all his money so that people who don't work at all can make the same amount as him?
Distribution of wealth has been tried in many countries before. It is being tried in Venezuela, Cuba, China, and North Korea. How are those countries doing? Are they better off? Well one could argue that the rulers of those countries are certainly better off financially but the average person lives in squalor and is very poor.
Please Mr. Pres leave the Socialism to the Socialists. America is a capatalistic society. Always has been and always SHOULD be. We don't need your distribution of wealth to relegate us to the stature of third world country.
Isn't there a slight problem with your rant? For example, the facts. No responsible news source, including FOX, has ever documented that President Obama intends to have everyone making the same income. In fact, all he's proposing is a 4% tax increase on those making more than $250,000 per year, which is a return to the levels in place before President Bush lowered them.
What a big surprise! One Democrat loser president expects another one to be re-elected.
The only chance of me voting for him is if I start seeing the US debt decline.
Repealing tax loop holes for the Fat Cats, cutting military projects that the Pentagon doesn't want but Patriotic Repubs. sneak in the budget, eliminating farm subsidies & oil co. "help" would be a good start
Yes, let's cut the tax loopholes. The "making work work" tax credit or whatever it's called would be a good start, along with earned income tax credits, and quite a few more that the rich don't get. Still like raising taxes?
Oh, and the Dems are JUST at bad at maintaining defense spending as the GOP is. EVERY pig in Washington eats out of that trough, regardless of party affiliation.
You must be talkiing about the loop hole that let GE pay no taxes, they bought 50,000 volts from GM and got a $7,500 per car tax credit. I guess the fat cats are all right if they are Democratic ones. Who do you think is paying $35,000 per plate for the campaigning Obama? I am sure it is the poor and middle class.
Big surprise. Obama has zero chance of another term. he has set this country back 10 years. If it weren't for the corrupt union bosses and the power they hold over their Democratic lap dogs in DC, he'd be impeached for imcompetence
LOVE THESE ARGUMENTS EVEN THOUGH THE COUNTRYWAS IN WORSE SHAPE IN JANUARY 2009 WHEN HE INHERITED THE PRESIDENCY
Gee, unemployment and inflation were both significantly lower when he took office. Is higher unemployment and inflation and a third war REALLY better?
So in tripling the debt, we're in better shape?
In creating a health care bill that is really just expanding Medicad, but without a way to pay except death by taxes? I'm not following. We're still fighting THREE fronts, and the U.S. is going to sh*t.
Gas was cheaper, and there were not as many people on welfare. Obama has to keep them on welfare so they will continue to vote for him.
And for the 2 years before Obama took office the Dems held a MAJORITY in both the House and Senate. And for 34 of the preceding 40 years the Dems controlled COngress
When President Oblamo gets booted out of office after one term, he will continue blaminig Bush and Cheney until he dies – pathetic, irresponsible, and incapable of leading or taking responsibility for anything - that is why he voted "Present" 235 times while in the IL Legislature. Obama is a fraud - America and thr World know this
another moron from beantown!! who started the wars? not Obama. who gave a tax cut to the rich? not Obama. who pissed away a $200 billion surplus–the moron from TX. going after Saddam for 9/11 is what started this country going downhill. no war= TRILLIONS of saved AMERICAN money for US
Wow and Obama has got into Lybia to get a tyrant out. Bush did the same thing and you all screamed bloody murder that it was wrong. He wasn't the only one who said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. There were alot of countries around the world who thought the same thing.
Another welfare Dem who hasn't paid taxes in his entire lifetime. The facts are that is his first three years Obama has increased the deficit more than ALL previous Presidents COMBINED. Obama is simply unqualified to lead – he has shown this time and again.
As for budget discipline - the Dems have controlled Congress for 34 of the preceding 40 years.
Obama is a tax and spend Dem whose only reason for being in office is becasue he panders to the unions - he should be impeached
I wish Obama could set the country back ten years. We would be in much better shape if we had skipped the national disgrace that was the Bush Administration.
The only reason Clinton had a proposed surplus was that he had a Republician congress for 6 of his 8 years in office. He didn't do as well when in the last 2 years he had a Democratic congress. He will never admit they made him work to reduce the size of government. You can see that with a total Democratic government what happened. Bush didn't raise the national debt by trillions of dollars over the last 2.6 years, Obama did.
Well put, sir!
Of course he stated that, he has no choice.
I still wish Bill could run for a third term. I honestly believe he would be elected. Or, I could even imagine an Obama – Clinton ticket for 2012! That would just about guarantee Obama's re-election. And no, I don't give a darn about what Bill Clinton did in his personal life. He did a good job as President and that is all that matters to me.
Hi there... Former President Clinton cannot be elected to another term, as the 22nd Amendment prohibits it.
I suppose his idea to make sure everyone who can't afford one had a home and thus cause the entire collapse of the housing and banking industry when thousands defaulted on their mortgages causing everyone's home value to plummet was a good idea.
I also suppose his overseeing the over-inflated tech bubble that caused a huge NASDAQ collapse was good for us? After all that was under his watch. Had it been Bush you'd certainly be blaming him for it.
Yeah, I guess he was a pretty good President. After all name any other President who inherited an economy on the rise and left office with the economy beginning a major slide?
Oh that's right, that was Bush's fault too.
You know what else if Bush's fault? In your mind just about everything bad.
@Mike – I think you are Bush's fault too.
Mike – Sorry, but you're either very uninformed or deliberately trying to mislead people. The housing problem was under Bush. The tech bubble under Clinton has got nothing on the housing problem created under Bush. Nice try though.
Did you seriously just say that the housing problem magically appeared under Bush? You need to go back about 33 years to find where it started. Economies do not function in a 4 or 8 year bubble. There is business cycle and lag time. Presidents do not wield near 100% over the economy of a nation, much less the world economy. It is about the most ridiculous argument ever. Congress approves budgets and appropriates funds on top of that. Stop trying to blame one side or the other when it was everyone – including YOU and ME that got us here through passivity, activity, collusion, ignorance or idiocy. Take your pick.
The Republicans tried to rein in the housing bubble in 2006. The Dems controlled both houses of Congress and prevented it. Thanks Chris Dodd and Barney Frank for the housing bubble bursting the way it did.
hell yes, i want him back atlast we all were working!
U r 100% correct
I wish he can run again
He was an awesome president.hope Obama loses. He doesn't know how to do things
Hillary should run
Repeal 22nd amendment and get pres.clinton a 3rd term.
Great president that was impeached. Yeah no thanks.
impeached, but not guilty
Impeached but NOT convicted. The impeachment without conviction meant nothing.
Bill is a sexual deviant who should have been impeached - he is a disgrace to the Oval Office --
I can't believe Clinton has the audacity to give any economic advice. With a stroke of a pen he ruined this country by signing the repeal of Glass-Stegall. And guess what? History (greed) repeats itself. Add Bush to the fire and you have the perfect storm. He is one of the worst Presidents ever and a closet Republican. His arrogance, lies and cockyness makes me sick.
Yes the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and the barney frand and chris dodd housing and financial regualtions did much more to ruin this country than George Bush could ever hope of.
Over 25% of the current deficet is from Iraq/Afghanistan. We spend $20,200,000,000.00 a year on just air conditioning for troops in those two war zones.
You my friend are a moron who fails at math.
Hey I'm with you on Clinton but Bush did his share of damage too.
Both of these parties need to be seriously cleaned out. Fresh blood would be such a change.
Only when we see term limits will we be able to get rid of the filth that exists throughout our government.
They are all bad, every single one of them.
besides the fact that he left this country with its first surplus in decades... besides that he ruined the economy... i guess?
Every Ponzi scheme has a surplus in the beginning stages. Is that how you measure success?
Please check the economic data for that time period. The last quarter of his presidency was nearing recession numbers and indeed we began one the first quarter of Bush's presidency. Economies move slowly, not instantaneously when a new president is sworn in. The surplus was an economic aberration brought about by increased tax revenues from the Tech industry and Internet bubble that burst just as Clinton was packing up at the White House.
There was not a suplus when Clinton left, it was a proposed surplus. You must remember he raised taxes, but lowered capital gains taxes. Capital gains taxes are what the very rich pay. Buffet, Gates, and Soros to name only 3. They get no regular income, the first 2 get $1 per year. They are all Democrats. Who did the tax reduction help? I guess only the rich Republicians.
Do you mean the last quarter of his presidency when we were due for an economic correction anyway, due to the economic exuberance caused by years of effective economic policy? The quarter in which speculators, not familiar with the technical aspects of dot-coms, but caring solely for the money they thought could be made from them, irrationally panicked and made the correction much worse than it had to be, temporarily grinding innovation to a halt in the process? The quarter in which George W. Bush finally started seeming like a viable candidate, and whose proposed reversals of successful Clinton-era policies caused further concern and began further depressing the economy?
You really should be out on a ledge somewhere. Seriously. It's clueless imbeciles like you and the moronic spend-spend-spend politicians you support who are responsible for turning this country into a near-nanny state that is in debt up to it's eyeballs.
Debts created by reckeless, clueless people suported by the likes of yourself. Ever heard of solution with no cost? You are out there.
Well, he did preside over the greatest, longest economic expansion in a generation. So I think he has the chops, Glass-Steagall to one side. The problem with that is not the repeal but the fact that the SEC and other financial watchdogs were essentially made non-functional by the Bush administration. That is well documented. So bill may have made a mistake with Glass-Steagall but he wasn't to know that he would be followed by one of the most incompetent administrations in history.
He left Bush with a serious recession.
Bill – that nickname you 'love' is boring and trite. I find that it is used by people without a real potential solution – ones that just are power hungry and filled with hate.
Well Wolf maybe tomorrow you will blog about something important or worth my time. A philandering liar does not impress me no mater how smart you may think he is.
I sure liked the size of my IRA/401-K when Bill was Prez.
.Me too Sony but it had nothing to do with Bill Clinton. Clinton never contributed to my 401 K and i doubt that he contribute to yours either. The government does not create jobs except in it's own bureaucracy. With NAFTA and some other smooth deals America started losing businesses. It dates back to 1986 but was signed into law just as Clinton came on board and made it a major legislative initiative in 1993 so really it happened on his watch. This was the beginning of the end of America as we know it. NAFTA enabled the deconstruction of our nations stability.
Yes, exports shot through the roof but cheaper labor rates in Mexico took our jobs. Once American companies discovered that in Mexico they could pay employees a dollar an hour instead of 14 dollars per hour to produce the same goods with little or no government regulation there was a run for the Mexican boarder. When those jobs left our economy started to crumble along with it your 401 K.. The Dot Com bubble splattered and then 911 came along with Bush and a knee jerk reaction to it trying to exact a pound of terrorist flesh for revenge and the graveyard spiral of our economy was imminent. 3 wars later and 10 trillion dollars in debt we find ourselves with Obama.
Now 14 trillion dollars in debt and 4 wars raging with no end in sight and a 5th war starting in Yemen. Keep this in mind though Sony, none of this could have happened without the approval of our congress and it consists of both democrats and republicans with the occasional independent thrown in. As magnificent as the title of president is they can only set the agenda the congress controls the purse strings and without money authorized by congress none of this could have happened. It was not one mans fault. It was the fault of many elected by the people and trusted to act on all of our behalves and they failed us miserably time and time again.
Maybe tomorrow he'll interview a coke-addled dry drunk who can't pronounce the word "nuclear", or something else more palatable to your viewing sensibilities.
Gosh i hope not Louie. I don't care to go back over Obamas marijuana and cocaine use again. It wasn't news the first time and it isn't news today. When the American people elect a person who openly admits drug use Louie they get what they vote for. We put people into positions of public trust knowing full well their history and then we take swipes at them for it. It does not change the facts it simply gives us something to talk about.
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