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Remember President Bill Clinton though yes he was divisive that he raise taxes and there was that other story about him.
But it was under his administration a democratic administration that we last balanced the budget.
So why should we expect Republicans to deliver on their pledge to balance the budget.
Here now on the budget fight is a columnist for the post and the Daily Beast and my fox colleague and friend Kirsten Powers who worked in the Clinton administration cares -- it's always a pleasure welcome back to freedom watch.
There should Republicans be looking for some lesson from Bill Clinton.
As they wrestle with Democrats and and a Democrat in the White House to balance the budget.
Well I think Bill Clinton was extremely committed to it to bouncing the budget it's something that he really wrestled with when he came in because he realized he was gonna have to raise taxes.
And it's something that he went ahead and did because he was so committed to bouncing.
The budget and and and getting rid of our deficit.
But the other I think he have a -- had a Republican congress that was interested in doing this as -- -- he he had.
People who -- did that Republican congress that he was very different than this this Republican congress and and they they were very committed they were able to work together and get it done.
I remember being furious you and I didn't know each other time but I just being furious.
That they raise taxes retroactively.
Which never happened in American history for there's a clause in the constitution of the old Soviet Union separated -- prohibited.
Raising taxes retroactively.
But with a view of history.
As painful as it was then it did result -- a balanced budget and it did result in the Clinton administration.
-- ending almost literally the administration of George W.
Bush money in the bank which never happens anymore today but he still have to borrow.
He -- it was a financial markets and borrow money gave me.
I don't know exactly talking -- out.
Not in other -- -- did raise the debt ceiling even though had a balanced budget he did not borrow money.
For certain projects on the -- got deeper it wasn't like -- we ended up with more money in the bank that we started with -- -- from the end of his administration to the beginning.
Right but at midnight but he set out to try to you know leave a surplus for -- for President Bush what she did.
Which President Bush turned into a massive deficit when he left office and it wasn't because he was doing really laudable things he was running.
Two wars off the books as you remember way -- not raising taxes to pay for it.
Borrowing money to pay for wars.
And you know and giving tax cuts to rich people and and also cut and also coming up new entitlement program.
Would Bill Clinton and I want you to be the historian and and -- more than -- story because you were there.
What Bill Clinton have done this had it not been for pressure by Republicans or stated differently terrorist and could Bill Clinton have done -- had he had.
Democrats control of the congress in those years.
He might not have been able to -- -- if the Democrats have been in control of congress but I think the idea that Bill Clinton only did it because Newt Gingrich is breathing down his neck is this is kind of this mythology that's been created by the Republicans.
The reality is -- this is something that Clinton did care a lot about and it -- -- who wanted to do wanted to be part of the legacy.
I think that you even if you look at the conversation that was just caught between him and Paul Ryan where he's talking about.
Medicare yeah it's very clear the -- cares a lot about.
The future of this country and what what's gonna happen if we don't address these problems that he doesn't like Paul Ryan's plan he thinks it's extreme he has -- -- probably.
But at the same time I think he expects the Democrats to be not playing politics.
Texas -- and I think if he was president right now that's what he would be doing even if it was unpopular.
Notwithstanding his rhetoric as President Obama seriously -- -- -- balancing the budget and I don't think anybody could say that he wants to -- two trillion.
Just in the next year and are the Democrats serious about it -- -- yesterday every Democrat in the senate.
Voted against the president's budget.
Well I I think that.
I know I don't think -- that I don't think anybody is really that serious about it in the way that we saw.
With you know Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich during that time I I think that.
Even if you look at some of the things Harry Reid has -- -- eight -- the president has said about what we that we don't really have to worry about Social Security that there's no problem there.
I know people who are Democrats who you know -- sort of new Democrats or horrified by that kind of rhetoric they think it's ridiculous they they don't think that it's that.
Biggest crisis that we -- but certainly there are things that need to be done to to stave off some serious problems down the road.
So when they say stuff like that to me that says work pandering to the dates were pandering we don't want to.
Touch are already ER he's not culture our young people today.
Who contribute thousands of dollars to social security -- talking about folks in their twenties.
Right that is correct when they worry that that might not get this money back if there's no -- formerly a program.
I I have never thought that I will ever see any of that money.
-- certainly anybody who is you know getting out of college this year or is in their twenties act you know at this point the way things are going he's just plan on -- not being there I mean I certainly never plan on it being -- when I'm looking planning my future.
So you know and unless something dramatic is Don he should just assume that this is not you know the -- the -- is not going to be there.
Kirsten Powers a pleasure happy Memorial Day this weekend -- joining us.
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