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clarence swinney

Sep. 27, 2013, 4:07 p.m.

Spent entire adulthood studying governance
In college worked in a a senators office
12 years developing budgets
Best background to be president
After presidency spent life helping in the poorest nations.
GDP—rose from 6300 to 11,600
NATIONAL INCOME-5,000 to 8,000 Billion—took 20 years to grow 2500B before Clinton
JOBS CREATED—over 22 million—record by far
AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS WORKED—never hit 35.0—hit that  mark 4 times in 80’s
UNEMPLOYMENT—from 7.2% down down down to 3.9%
WELFARE TO WORK—11,533,710 on federal roll in 1996 and 3,880,321 in 2007.
MINIMUM WAGE—$4.25 to $5.15
MINORITIES—did exceedingly well
HOME OWNERSHIP—hit all time high
DEFICIT—290 Billion to whoopee a SURPLUS
DEBT——+28%—-300% increase over prior12 years
FEDERAL SPENDING—+28%—-80% under Reagan- who da true conservative?
DOW JONES AVERAGE—3,500 to 11,800  all it’s history to get to 3500 and Clinton zooms it
NASDAQ—700 to 5,000—-all of it’s history to get to 700 and Clinton zooms it
VALUES INDEXES—almost all bad went down—good went up in zoom zoom zoom
FOREIGN AFFAIRS—Peace on Earth good will toward each other—-Mark of a true Christian—what has Bush done to Peace on Earth?
POPULARITY—-highest poll ratings  in history during peacetime in  AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE even 98.5% in Moscow—left office with highest gallup rating since it was started in 1920’s.
STAND UP FOR JUSTICE—evil conservatives spent $110,000,000 on hearings and investigations and caught—- ONE—- very evil man who took a few plane rides to events.
BOW YOUR HEADS—Thank you God for sending us a man of Bill Clinton’s character, intelligence, knowledge of governance, ability to face up to crises without whimpering and a great leader of the world.

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