Bill Clinton Budget
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. 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. Bill Clinton has since dishonestly taken credit for the resulting surplus, a lie that 'Slick Willy' has told for years.
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