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Rockntractor
10-01-2011, 06:38 PM
By JAMES HOHMANN | 9/30/11 11:10 PM EDT


Bill Clinton thinks he deserves more credit for reforming welfare and balancing the budget.

“I go crazy every time I read the conventional wisdom,” he said Friday night at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. “So part of the Republican narrative is that I was ‘saved’ from myself by the election of the Republican Congress [in 1994] that ‘forced me’ to do welfare reform and ‘made the balanced budget possible.’”

Clinton said reporters and commentators “keep saying this, overlooking all relevant facts.”

The 42nd president said Arkansas had been a test case for reform during his governorship. At the federal level, he said 43 states received federal waivers to implement welfare reform before the GOP-controlled House passed the final bill.

“And yet I kept reading how this was ‘a Republican idea,’ just because President Reagan had a good story about a welfare queen and a Cadillac who didn’t exist,” Clinton said.

The feisty comments came during 20 minutes of unscripted remarks that immediately followed a one-hour panel discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of Clinton announcing his run for president in front of the nearby state house. They showcased a Clinton determined to present himself as a transformational figure.

Six senior aides from the 1992 campaign had waxed nostalgic, praising their old boss for revitalizing the Democratic Party and changing the way campaigns are run.

When Clinton took the microphone, he riffed on the importance of offering voters a compelling story line.

“I’m telling you this to point out that we need a coherent narrative,” he said. “The No. 1 rule of effective politics, especially if the people you’re running against have a simple narrative — that government is always the problem, there is no such thing as a good tax or a bad tax cut, there’s no such thing as a good program or a bad program cut, no such thing as a good regulation or a bad deregulation — if you’re going to fight that, your counter has to be rooted in the lives of other people.”
Read more from this disgusting egotist>
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64881.html

SaintLouieWoman
10-01-2011, 07:47 PM
Read more from this disgusting egotist>
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64881.html
Can't stand reading any more of his stuff. He and Obama have something in common, their narcissism and over inflated egos.

Bailey
10-01-2011, 08:01 PM
Fact 1 if the welfare reform vote came after his reelection he'd have vetoed it.

Rockntractor
10-01-2011, 08:38 PM
Can't stand reading any more of his stuff. He and Obama have something in common, their narcissism and over inflated egos.

We mute both of them when they are on TV and wait until someone tells us what they said.

JoeKwonDo
10-02-2011, 12:12 AM
He wants more credit? Can you say 9/11...

Constitutionally Speaking
10-02-2011, 07:01 AM
Fact 1 if the welfare reform vote came after his reelection he'd have vetoed it.
He DID veto it when it was first brought up and fought against it vigorously UNTIL his popularity tumbled and he had to save his political skin.

You are absolutely 100% correct on this - he ONLY did it because it would have ended his political career if he had NOT signed it.