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Clinton Best President in Last 66 Years; W and Obama Worst

In July 2004, Forbes published Presidents and Prosperity – a special report on America’s presidents since 1945. After updating that report’s seven economic performance measures to reflect the economic performance of George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, the conclusion is clear: William J. Clinton was our best president in the last 66 years while W and Obama hug the cellar.

Here are the seven performance measures that Dan Ackman, the report’s author, used to rank the presidents:

Here are the seven performance measures that Dan Ackman, the report’s author, used to rank the presidents:

GDP growth
Disposable income growth
Employment growth
Unemployment rate decline
Inflation decline
Deficit reduction
Stock market increase

Based on these statistics, Clinton came out ahead of the pack. Here’s how well Clinton did on these seven measures:

GDP growth: +3.6% average annual growth – from $7.5 trillion in 1993 to $9.9 trillion in 2000
Disposable income growth: +3.5% average annual growth — from $5.5 trillion in 1993 to $7.3 trillion in 2000
Employment growth: +2.3 million jobs/year – from 120 million to 138 million
Unemployment rate decline: 0.41% per year – from 8% to 4.7%
Inflation decline: This is the one area where things got worse as inflation actually increased an average of 0.05% per year – from 3.3% to 3.7%
Deficit reduction: -$48 million per year – from a budget deficit of $255 billion to a surplus of $127 billion
Stock market increase: +17.4% a year – from an S&P 500 of 433 to 1,343

While Clinton did not outdo his presidential peers on all of these measures, his most impressive performance came where it mattered – in disposable income growth, GDP growth, job growth, employment growth, and deficit reduction.

Clinton was such an exceptional leader that when he entered office a Gallup poll of public confidence in the economy was at an all-time low and in the summer of 2000, months before the end of his term, that same poll indicated public confidence in the economy at an all-time high.

The article goes on to try to give Poppy Bush a lot of the credit for the prosperity of the Clinton years. I’m always leery of that type of argument – it might make sense for the first year or so, but at some point the guy currently occupying the Oval Office deserves the credit or blame.

I am still amazed at how many people on the left despise Bill Clinton. The best economy in half a century and the Democrats ran away from it. It was like they were afraid of getting blamed for peace and prosperity. The Republicans were trying to put Ronald Reagan’s name on everything (and his face on the dime) and even now they run for office claiming to be “just like Ron” but the Democrats treat the Clintons like lepers.

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46 Responses to Good Dawg!

  1. Three Wickets says:

    ..but the Democrats treat the Clintons like lepers.

    I blame Nader and Chomsky.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      AKA Leadership in the creative class. It’s totally a class thing with the Clintons. The monkeys up top hate it when a monkey from below gets ahead of them. It’s practically the most unforgivable thing to do in America these days, ironically enough.

      • Three Wickets says:

        I blame the elite brainwashing institutions in the People’s Republic of Cambridge Mass. 🙂

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Haha! Me too! Fuck Ivy-leaguers who didn’t need substantial financial aid. If it’s your birthright, I’m totally counting it against you!

        • Three Wickets says:

          Well Chomsky comes from a rich family, and Nader wasn’t exactly a scholarship student. Both Cambridge institutions.

  2. jeffhas says:

    How dare a Bubba excel.

  3. jeffhas says:

    The Dem elites have exactly what they always dreamed of – control over a vast swath of dependents that will vote for them to show adoration.

    Sick f*cking egomaniac control freaks.

  4. votermom says:

    It was like they were afraid of getting blamed for peace and prosperity.

    The Dems should start giving credit to Bill asap. Because if Pres Clinton wasn’t responsible for the booming 90s, then the right gets to claim that Congress was. And we remember who was in charge of congress back then.

    • Saw newt and heard it out of his own mouth- he is claiming credit for- yup you guessed it- “Peace and Prosperity”
      I about puked when I heard that come out of his mouth. Have also heard “Hillarycare” twice over the weekend.
      Tried to have a discussion this weekend – and the religious right just does not get it. A Newt nomination will bring Bill voters out in droves to vote against that prick. That was a waste of my time- he (newt) converted and repented don’t you know- and even IF he was screwing around on his wife- he didn’t do it in the oval office.
      They are sick sick people.
      If this country wants to avoid a total whack job- moderates better get out and vote in the damn primaries!

      • elliesmom says:

        In the general election I’ll vote for whoever the Republicans nominate. A third party vote is a vote for Obama. But in the primaries who are “moderates” supposed to vote for? I’m an unaffiliated voter so I get to vote in the Republican primary on Super Tuesday if I choose to. Romney was a crappy governor, and Obama and the OWS crowd will mop the floor with him. Would you like me to vote for Rick Santorum or Ron Paul?

        • WMCB says:

          I have some friends who don’t want Ron Paul as president, but see no danger that he actually will be. So they plan to vote for him in the R primary as a message to the elites that the federal govt and the kings of finance are out of control, and individual liberties matter.

          *shrug* Do whatever your conscience tells you if you plan a primary vote. I think whether or not you live in a close state matters as far as strategy for protest votes go, as well.

        • Tis a problem elliesmom- it really is- there are no true moderates. Even though newt keeps calling Mitt a Massachusetts Moderate-
          We are SOOOOOO screwed.
          I live in PA- closed primary- D or R required.
          I absolutely detest the chicago fraud and will not vote for him ever. But I am not voting for Newt, or Satanorum either.
          I did not think I could hold my nose and vote for mittens- but geeze- if PA starts looking like it is going over the cliff – then what?

    • WMCB says:

      Amen! They have never given Bill his due, or trumpeted that any of that peace and prosperity was his doing.

      They’ve left the door wide open for the R’s to claim it was Newt’s congress that did it all. Don’t be surprised if Newt digs up some quotes from DEMOCRAT leaders claiming that Bill had little to do with it. Because those quotes are out there.

      I’m not a big fan of hero-worshipping hagiography from either side, but damn, the Dems should have done at least a LITTLE of it over the years, if they had a brain.

      • Mary says:

        The Obots were too busy painting Bill & Hillary as big, bad racists this time around. All that peace and prosperity was just a “fairy tale,” dontcha know?


  5. DeniseVB says:

    Saw this on another site and I think the video clip comes from a fundraiser. So is Obama studying Bill’s speech tapes? 😀

  6. HELENK says:

    EPA may strike again,
    yesterday an oil refinery in the Caribbean
    Today North Dakota

    They are on our side , aren;t they? They don’t work for the ME oil countries do they??

  7. yttik says:

    We could of had another Clinton : (

  8. HELENK says:

    yesterday an article about the EPA fines helping close an oil refinery in the Caribbean = higher gas prices in Feb.

    today an article about the EPA threatening shale oil in North Dakota

    does the EPA work for us or an ME oil state??????

  9. Three Wickets says:

    Can’t keep up with all the Breitbart links Helen. Ease up. 🙂

  10. votermom says:

    New TSA training poster

  11. myiq2xu says:

    On The View this morning Whoopie G just said “The vibe I’m getting is people just don’t like Mitt Romney.”

  12. DeniseVB says:

    I was too busy in the 90’s to pay much attention to politics, but loved how Bill and Hillary handled the press when they threw all kinds of stuff at them. Quick on their feet and fought back, especially against the personal attacks.

    He turned out to be a fine President, didn’t he? 😉

    • HELENK says:

      during the 90s people were working and looking forward to a good future. Haven’t had that since.
      Was he perfect? NO but who is ? He stood up to be counted and understood the everyday American. His roots were in everyday America. He used his brain and hard work to succeed.

      • votermom says:

        I remember how back in the 90s I didn’t know or care who the cabinet members were because it didn’t really matter – things ran smoothly and I was working and earning money and looking forward to a better future.
        (I remember not trusting Greenspan though. LOL.)

    • foxyladi14 says:

      the best in 50 years. 🙂

  13. myiq2xu says:

    New Naughty Newtie ad:

  14. HELENK says:

    whitehouse response to the Rand Paul vs TSA incident.

    usual BS

    • HELENK says:

      did the TSA violated the Constitution, by detaining Paul???

      Also, the TSA might have violated the Constitution by detaining Paul on his way to Washington. Article 1, Section 6 states, in its entirety:

      The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

      No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

  15. Tim says:

    Bill had one HUGE thing going for him – the world was at peace. He could cut defense spending, bring home troops, blah blah blah. Remember “The end of history”? If 9/11 had happened 2 years earlier, he’d a not looked so good. And I wonder how well his legalism “what is is” and meaningless “I feel your pain” would have played out when skyscrapers were falling, and there was an actual need for decisions and leadership. We’ll never know, but I never sensed that he had what it took to handle a real crisis. But he’s an outstanding politician – gotta give him that.

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