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#46 Danni: "Her husband balanced the budget and created a surplus. "

He didn't balance the budget but the Repubs in Congress came close. And there was never a surplus, only a projected surplus as has been pointed out many times to you already. He did take credit for all the cost cutting the R's did after the 'Republican Revolution'. And I'll credit him with working across the aisle, something few other presidents have done in decades.

"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. ...
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

-Craig Steiner, 08-22-2011, www.townhall.com Finance

"So the table itself, according to the figures issued yesterday, showed the Federal Government ran a surplus.
Absolutely false. This reporter ought to do his work. This crowd never has asked for or kept up with or checked
the facts. Eric Planin--all he has to do is not spread rumors or get into the political message. Both Democrats
and Republicans are all running this year and next and saying surplus, surplus. Look what we have done. It is
false. The actual figures show that from the beginning of the fiscal year until now we had to borrow

-Sen. Ernest Hollings, 10-28-1999 (Democrat)

Good times back then, just waiting on Hillary to save us all from healthcare disaster!


"Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan qualified his agreement that "there is no health care crisis" by stating "there is an insurance crisis" but also indicated "anyone who thinks [the Clinton health care plan] can work in the real world as presently written isn't living in it."

"Conservatives, libertarians, and the health insurance industry proceeded to campaign against the plan, criticizing it as being overly bureaucratic and restrictive of patient choice: The conservative Heritage Foundation argued that "the Clinton Administration is imposing a top-down, command-and-control system of global budgets and premium caps, a superintending National Health Board and a vast system of government sponsored regional alliances, along with a panoply of advisory boards, panels, and councils, interlaced with the expanded operations of the agencies of Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, issuing innumerable rules, regulations, guidelines, and standards."

"The effort also included extensive advertising criticizing the plan, including the famous "Harry and Louise" ad, paid for by the Health Insurance Association of America, which depicted a middle-class couple despairing over the plan's complex, bureaucratic nature.[13][14] Time, CBS News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor ran stories questioning whether there really was a health-care crisis."

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