The Next Best Thing.
"I don't think any body would deny the statement that we
probably don't have a two-thirds vote to convict the President,"
said Mr. Orin Hatch, speaking on the CBS News program, "Face
The Nation." "Then it seems to me," he went on,
"we're going to have to do what is the
next best thing, and that is point
out to the American people how really bad his actions were."
over the weekend, it was clear that one of two things is happening
in the Republican Party: (1) they are now completely controlled
by a moralistic (hypocritcal) gang that won't let go, zealots
(people who redouble their efforts after they lose sight of their
goal) to the end, or (2) the leaders of that party actually believe
that the American people want more information about their President's
mistakes, no matter how much they state and restate the opposite
in every poll. Many leaders have stated that the public will
reward politicians who fearlessly press on -- even against the
polls -- and follow their "convictions." You see, though,
that a persons "convictions" can be right and wrong.
The people feel that pursuing the removal of the twice-elected
President is wrong. If you continue to pursue this, it is true
that you will get your reward.
Here are a few of the achievements of this Adminstration
(just their initiatives):
Almost 6 million new jobs were created in the first two years
of his Administration -- an average of 250,000 new jobs every
In 1994, the economy had the lowest combination of unemployment
and inflation in 25 years.
As part of the 1993 Economic Plan, President Clinton cut taxes
on 15 million low-income families and made tax cuts available
to 90 percent of small businesses, while raising taxes on just
1.2 percent of the wealthiest taxpayers.
President Clinton signed into law the largest deficit reduction
plan in history, resulting in over $600 billion in deficit reduction.
The deficit is going down for 3 years in a row for the first
time since Harry Truman was president.
The President signed into
law the Brady Bill, which imposes a five-day waiting period on
handgun purchases so that background checks can be done to help
keep handguns away from criminals. The President's Crime Bill
will put 100,000 new police officers on the street. More than
1,200 communities have already received grants to hire 27,000
additional officers. The Crime Bill also punishes criminals by
expanding the number of offenses eligible for the death penalty
and implementing the "three-strikes-and-you're-out"
provision. And, the Bill banned the manufacture of 19 specific
types of deadly assault weapons, while simultaneously protecting
hunters' rights by exempting over 650 hunting rifles.
President Clinton signed
the Family and Medical Leave Act. The law, which covers over
42 million Americans, offers workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid,
job-guaranteed leave for child birth, adoption, or personal or
President Clinton expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit to cut
the taxes of 15 million working families with incomes of $27,000
President Clinton granted waivers to 25 states -- half the nation
-- providing for comprehensive welfare reform demonstrations.
President Clinton ordered
the U.S. Justice Department to conduct the first-ever crackdown
on deadbeat parents who refuse to accept financial responsibility
for their own children.
Signed an Executive Order cracking down on federal employees
who owe child support.
President Clinton has already
cut the federal bureaucracy by more than 100,000 positions. Under
the recommendations of the National Performance Review, the federal
bureaucracy will be reduced by 272,000 -- its lowest level since
the Kennedy Administration.
And, he reduced the White House staff by 25 percent.
Under the President's Direct
Student Loan program, students can borrow money directly from
the government at a lower interest rate and with many flexible
repayment options, including the option to repay with a percentage
of their after-graduation salary. Taxpayers will save at least
$4.3 billion over five years.
In 1994, over 20,000 AmeriCorps members tutored students, immunized
children, reclaimed urban parks, and patrolled neighborhoods.
In return, they earned $4,725 per year of service towards college
tuition or job training.
President Clinton signed into law Goals 2000, a national standard
of excellence for our public schools. Already, 41 states and
territories have received federal grants to raise academic standards
and improve schools.
President Clinton's Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community
Act and the Safe Schools Act provide funding to schools to fight
violence and drug abuse. Schools can use up to 25 percent of
their funds to purchase metal detectors, develop safe zones,
and hire school security personnel.
The President's School-to-Work program provides venture capital
to spark a nationwide system for moving America's young people
from high school to a job with a future. In 1994, all states
received planning funds for their school-to-work program.
Charter School legislation signed by President Clinton encourages
states and localities to set up public school choice.
The Clinton Administration
forged a bipartisan coalition to pass NAFTA, after concluding
tough negotiations on side agreements covering workers' rights,
the environment, and import surges. Exports to Mexico rose 23
percent in the first 11 months of 1994.
President Clinton led the fight to pass GATT, which lowers tariffs
worldwide by $744 billion over ten years -- the largest international
tax cut in history. GATT cuts tariffs on manufactured goods by
more than one-third overall and eliminates tariffs in major markets
in a number of sectors in which the U.S. is particularly competitive.
Under President Clinton,
the EPA launched its "Common Sense Initiative" to make
health protection cheaper and smarter by focusing on results
rather than one-size-fits-all regulations.
The President's Northwest Forest Plan is putting communities
in the Northwest back to work, while conserving ancient forests.
After decades of conflict, the Clinton Administration negotiated
a consensus plan to protect California's most valuable natural
resource -- its water. The San Francisco and Delta estuary supplies
dr inking water to two-thirds of the state's people, provides
irrigation for 45 percent of the nation's fruits and vegetables,
and sustains 300 aquatic species.
President Clinton hosted
the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles
in September, 1993, and the signing of the Israeli-Jordan Washington
Principles in July, 1994 -- historic agreements between the leaders
of Israel and her Arab neighbors to settle differences by peaceful
To enhance European security and stability, the Clinton Administration
proposed the Partnership for Peace program, offering former Soviet
republics and Central/East European states closer ties with NATO.
Already, 22 nations have signed on, since NATO's adoption of
the program in January, 1994.
As of May, 1994, nuclear missiles in Russia and the United States
are no longer targeted against any country. And, as a result
of other Clinton Administration efforts, the Ukraine is ahead
of schedule in reaching the goal of transferring 1,500 nuclear
warheads to Russia for dismantlement.
President Clinton peacefully restored democracy to Haiti, curbing
the violence that threatened tens of thousands of Haitians, securing
our borders, and upholding our commitments and the commitments
made to us in the process.
Signed the Economic Package,
August 10, 1993.
The economy created 7.7 million new jobs in the first 34 months
of this Administration.
Passed the largest deficit-cutting plan in history -- saving
more than $1 trillion over seven years.
On track for three consecutive years of deficit reduction --
for the first time since Harry Truman.
Cut federal spending by $255 billion over 5 years.
Made new tax cuts available to over 90% of small businesses.
Unemployment has fallen from 7% when President Clinton took office
to its current rate of 5.6%. Lowest combined rate of unemployment
and inflation since 1968.
1994 real GDP growth was the highest in a decade.
Proposed a plan to balance the budget while protecting critical
investments in education.
Increased Head Start funding
by almost $760 million.
Passed the Student Loan Reform Act, August 10, 1993.
Implemented the National Service Act, September 21, 1993.
Signed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, March 31, 1994.
Enacted the School-to-Work Opportunities Act on May 4, 1994.
Signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization
Passed the toughest most
comprehensive Crime Bill ever, September 13, 1994
Signed the Brady Bill, November 30, 1993.
Enacted the Assault Weapons Ban as part of the Crime Bill.
Put 100,000 new police on the street -- nearly 31,000 more officers
have been funded.
Signed the Violence Against Women Act as part of the Crime Bill.
Signed the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act, October 20, 1994.
Issued Presidential Directive enforcing a "Zero Tolerance"
gun policy in schools, October 22, 1994
Submitted and fought for the most comprehensive Drug Control
Already cut the Federal Workforce
by over 200,000 -- on the way to lowest level in 30 years.
Abolishing 16,000 pages of obsolete regulations and rewriting
31,000 more pages. $58 billion in savings are already in the
bank. $46 billion in savings are still to come. Over 180 new
recommendations will save $70 billion. Eliminated 284 federal
Developed government-wide Customer Service Standards for the
Appointed the most diverse Cabinet and Administration in history.
Signed the most important federal procurement act ever to streamline
Reformed Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation to protect 8.5
Signed the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, March 22, 1995.
Created nine Economic Empowerment
Zones and 95 Enterprise Communities.
Signed the Community Development Banking Financial Institutions
Act, Sept. 23, 1994.
Signed the Interstate Banking Bill, September 29, 1994.
Instituted the Defense Reinvestment and Conversion Initiative.
Reformed the Community Reinvestment Act to focus on performance
rather than paperwork.
Made the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Mortgage Revenue Bond
Issued a new executive order
to require polluters to disclose information to the public and
expanded the public's right-to-know about toxic releases.
Launched "reinventing environmental regulation" to
cut red tape and better protect public health.
Issued a new standard to cut pollution from chemical plants 90%
Signed executive orders to increase recycling and cut pollution
in federal buildings.
Signed the California Desert Protection Act, October 31, 1994.
Issued a new standard to cut pollution from incinerators 95%.
Introduced comprehensive Safe Drinking Water and Superfund reforms.
Developed a plan to restore Florida's Everglades.
Ended decades of conflict over the allocation of California Bay-Delta
Passed the Family and Medical
Leave Act, February 5, 1993.
Signed a comprehensive Child Immunization Plan.
Revoked the Reagan/Bush restrictions on abortion counseling ("the
gag rule"), abortions in military hospitals, "Mexico
City" policy and RU-486 imports.
Increased Ryan White CARE Act funding for outpatient AIDS care
over 100% in first 3 budgets.
Put the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) on a full-funding
Increased funding 65% for breast cancer research.
As part of the balanced budget plan, introduced health care reform
initiative which strengthens Medicare and expands coverage.
Proposed a $1.3 billion increase in veterans' benefits -- of
which $1 billion will be directed to the VA health system to
provide treatment for 43,000 more veterans.
Expanded the Earned Income
Tax Credit providing tax relief for 15 million working families.
Introduced the Work and Responsibility Act - comprehensive welfare
Passed the Family Support and Preservation Program.
Passed major funding increases for homeless programs in both
Approved 35 waivers to states permitting comprehensive welfare
Collected a record $10 billion in child support through enforcement
Signed the Social Security Independent Agency Act.
Increased adoption and foster care funds by almost $600 million
Signed the National Voter
Registration Act (Motor-Voter), May 20, 1993.
Eliminated the tax deduction for lobbying expenses.
Imposed strictest Administration ethics guidelines in history.
Barred top officials from becoming foreign lobbyists after leaving
Signed the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 -- the first overhaul
of lobbying rules in 50 years.
Fought for passage of and signed into law the Congressional Accountability
Act, January 22, 1995.
Fought for passage of line-item veto and campaign finance.
Signed NAFTA into law, December
8, 1993, which will create hundreds of thousands of US jobs.
Signed GATT into law, December 8, 1994, the largest trade agreement
Secured free-trade commitments from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Hosted Summit of the Americas and agreed to negotiate a Free
Trade Area of the Americas by 2005
Developed National Export Strategy, eliminating outdated export
controls on $35 billion in exports.
Opened 15 different market sectors in Japan ranging from telecommunications
procurement to rice.
Reached historic agreement with Japan on opening its automotive
market to billions of dollars worth of American cars and parts.
Reached agreement with China to provide intellectual property
rights protection for billions of dollars worth of U.S. exports.
Helped Israel and Jordan
achieve an historic peace treaty and Israel and the Palestinians
fulfill their historic accord.
Contributed to an historic cease-fire in Northern Ireland.
Restored democratically elected Haitian President Aristide to
power; will continue to stop the flow of refugees to Florida.
Undertook, with NATO allies and UN, military and diplomatic actions
to alleviate the suffering and lead the effort to broker a comprehensive
peace agreement in Bosnia.
Russian nuclear missiles are no longer pointed at our cities.
Persuaded Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan to give up the nuclear
weapons left on their land when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Agreed to framework with North Korea that freezes and leads to
the eventual elimination of North Korea s dangerous nuclear program.
Led the international effort to secure the indefinite and unconditional
extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) further
reducing the danger of nuclear proliferation around the world.
Working to prevent nuclear weapons from ending up in the hands
of terrorists or international criminals.
Air-lifted more than half a ton of vulnerable, highly enriched
uranium, enough to make dozens of nuclear bombs, from Kazakhstan
to safe storage.
Assisted South Africa's transition to democracy, providing support
for elections and development.
Bringing the nations of Europe closer:
-- Modernizing NATO;
-- Working with Russia;
-- Reforming the former Soviet Union economies
Waging a tough counter-terrorism campaign with stronger laws
and more training for law enforcement.
Maintaining strong sanctions against states that sponsor terrorism
and defy the rule of rule, such as Iran, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.
Sent our planes, ships and troops to turn back a new Iraqi threat
to the Persian Gulf.
So, when all is said and done, this Adminstration has done a
lot of good things. It has been an important, concensus-building
team, that has improved the country in almost every way for every
constituency and especially among the poor, abused and among
women and children.
So, tell me again, why are those guys in Congress ignoring the
polls? Perhaps its denial. For the first time since RR, America
has a twice-elected, highly popular (nationally and internationally)
President and guess what, he also has a highly regarded Vice
President who is the front-runner to succeeed him.
But next best thing planned by those people is the impeachment
of this President. Go figure... no, let's go vote. And, it's
not about being liberal or conservative. It's about being fair
and keeping things in perspective.
See you next time?