I miss Bill.
I miss significant expansions in free trade, like with the passage of NAFTA. Instead, under Bush we’ve had new tariffs on steel, tariffs on underwear, and protectionism on catfish.
I miss welfare reform that encouraged work and discouraged irresponsible behavior. Instead, under Bush we’ve just had $1 trillion in corporate socialism that simply transfers wealth from taxpayers who didn’t work for or invest with reckless financial institutions to the people who do. Doing so discourages work and rewards irresponsible behavior.
I miss low inflation and unemployment partially sustained by fiscal restraint. Instead, under Bush we’ve had runaway government spending with rising inflation and unemployment.
I miss an articulate, well-crafted speech that inspires us to support promising government efforts. Instead, under Bush… well, you know.
Of course, divided government may have helped shape Clinton’s agenda and deserves some of the credit. And of course, presidents can’t take full credit or blame for the economy or world events. And I certainly wouldn’t say I miss everything about him. But whoever helped shape Bill, whatever credit doesn’t belong to him, and despite his failings, those were good times and he was a good president.