Conservative control of congress was the reason. If you were older, you would remember that Clinton said we would have a balanced budget after he left office. The Conservatives (real conservatives) said we can do it sooner. They actually shut down the government to force consecions on spending. Ironically, this lead to Clinton meeting a now infamous intern. Clinton said it could not be done. Yet it got done. Not his fault. He signed the laws, but they are not the laws that he wanted. They were forced upon him by Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay, and the other evil Republicans. The Conservatives left congress for a variety of reasons. A good portion of them promised to only serve a fixed time. I think 6 years max was a common promise. That means they would leave by 2000. Most stuck by their pledge. Otherwise they were going to face a read my lips election and Republicans are more likely to hold their elected officials feet to the fire.huntingdude16 wrote:One might point out that at the end of the Clinton years, we had a balanced budget. That's something we could only dream about now with debt in the Trillions.
McCurry says the President called the meeting to "generate momentum" for the 1998 fiscal year budget process, but says the meeting is not "a budget negotiating session." McCurry says the president wants to feel out where the leadership is when it comes to making a deal to balance the budget by 2002.
Conservative does not equal Republican. Even Bush ran as a "compassionate" conservative. Which I now realize means traditional southern Democrat. They were very conservative socially, very conservative internationally, but liberal on spending policies. I lived in the south a good chunk of my adult life. Initially I voted about 50/50 Dem/Rep. However, the liberals have run the conservatives out of the Democratic party. I explained what happened to the Conservatives in the Republican Party.huntingdude16 wrote:Havnt we had a conservative congress also under Bush? At least until the last congressional elections?
muleskinner wrote:you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and a benalli in the other.
huntingdude16 wrote:....so did the republicans in congress suddenly become un-conservative when Bush was elected?
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