Bill Clinton Budget

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Bill Clinton lied about balancing the budget. It was Clinton's Republican Congress his last 6 years (1995-2000) that forced a balanced budget. Clinton wanted to spend more and Republicans in Congress wouldn't let him. Then-Speaker of the House Near Gingrich refused to increase spending like Clinton wanted, resulting in the government shutdowns from 1995-96.[1] Although Democrats viciously mocked Newt Gingrich as a crybaby and blamed Republicans for the shutdowns at the time, they have been happy to disingenuously claim responsibility for the budget balancing that resulted.[2] Bill Clinton has since dishonestly taken credit for the resulting surplus, a lie that 'Slick Willy' has told for years.[3]

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  1. Gonyea, D. (2019, January 12). "The Longest Government Shutdown In History, No Longer — How 1995 Changed Everything." NPR.
    Schaul, K. & Uhrmacher, K. (2019, January 25). "This Shutdown Was The Longest Ever - By A Lot." Washington Post.
  2. Little, B. (2018, December 12). "How a Petty Snub Led to Clinton's Government Shutdown—and the Lewinsky Affair." History Channel.
  3. Moore, S. (1998, October 8). "No, Bill Clinton Didn't Balance the Budget." CATO Institute.