Bill Clinton: The Unlikely Political Hero of the 1990’s Ananya Dwivedi Manchester, MA Manchester-Essex Regional High School On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect. Its climatic journey from an idea to bill to law was one that spanned several years and spawned political arguments that would be remembered for years to come. The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, as it is better known, is one of the characterizing and controversial economic decisions of the twentieth century. The idea of a North American common market first came into existence during Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign. In 1984, Congress passed the Trade and Tariff Act, which gave the President quick authority to negotiate …show more content…
Since the 1940’s, the Democratic Party has believed in regulating business and trade. The very title of NAFTA gives away the fact that it is deregulating trade and promoting free trade instead, and this idea went against what the Democratic Party stood for. The question then becomes, why did Clinton support NAFTA? (Democratic Party Platforms: 1992 Democratic Party Platform). Obviously, it was against the Democratic Party’s ideals, as well as against the wants of the groups that majorly funded the Democratic Party. The answer to this question is simple, and completely echoes John F. Kennedy’s sentiments about what true political courage …show more content…
President Clinton managed to successfully create and pass a law that benefitted the economy without support from his party or the Democrats who voted for him. He risked reelection by going against what the Democrat voters believed in. But most importantly, he risked his legitimacy as a politician and a leader to do what was correct for the American people. In the end, NAFTA significantly helped the United States, and proved that Bill Clinton had the guts to achieve political goals that went against what those closest to him
After Clinton was elected for his second term is when progres was really being seen about the deficit. In 1997, there was an 8.2% annual growth and the deficit was down to $22 billion in 1997 from the $290 billion in 1993 because of the tax revenue (Harris 263). The book then talks about how Clinton wanted to expand NATO to the new nations of the former Soviet Union to make an united Europe (Harris 282). The Russian president was uncertain at first because Clinton wanted all nations of the former Soviet Union to join, however, Russia did end up joining after Clinton said that all nations wouldn’t be joining at once (Harris 287-288). The book then talks about how Clinton had to help out in in the Kosovo problem.
In his inaugural address when talking about government principals, he says, “…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations” (Doc A). The Embargo Act clearly contradicts this belief, as it prevents trade with another nation. The passing of this act radically differs from Jefferson’s Republican ideals and inevitably caused his absence from the next presidential
This theory was called the trickledown theory. President Bill Clinton also made a huge difference in the economics of the United States of America. He improved it and made America’s economy more stable. The people called his ideas Clintonomics. President Bill Clinton had changed ideas than President Ronald
With the economy struggling so mightily during the great depression, congress passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930. This Tariff disallowed foreign imports, and showed that the government wanted the economy to get better by buying producing and consuming its’ own goods. During the great depression the destruction of farming and agriculture was one of the main factors to start the whole storm. This Tariff was designed to protect the value of domestic farming versus foreign agricultural imports. He protected the interests of the American economy by shutting out the others, and therefore had to sacrifice some of his good foreign policy
In September 1901 Theodore Roosevelt became president when William McKinley was assassinated. He thought that the presidency was basically a “bully pulpit”. Roosevelt was “a steward of the people bound actively and affirmatively to all he could for the people” (Divine 2013, p. 546). Roosevelt tried to bridge the gap between the African Americans and the whites but most southerners believed that what he was trying to do was a crime that was equal to treason.
When Carter became President the House and Senate had Democratic majorities, so many people thought it would be easy for Jimmy to get laws passed, but it was not that easy. Congress blocked Jimmy’s proposals for welfare reform and for a long-range energy program. Carter was not getting the changes made that he had told the people he would and this
The New Deal The New Deal was a series of policies put in place by Franklin D. Roosevelt(FDR) in 1932 to steer the American economy back in the right direction. This included agencies such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and The Agriculture Adjustment agency. Most Americans were for The New Deal, and confident that it would work.
What is political courage? Is it the act of simply upholding the rights of the everyday man while in a position of power? Or is it something even more? One person is to be chosen every year to be congratulated on their acts of political courage. President Lyndon B Johnson’s chance has now arrived.
The United States of America was in its lowest period when bill Clinton was elected on November 3, 1992 which made him in a critical situation and in front of a huge responsibility. His first and main correctional act is reducing the federal budget deficit which was the largest in American history ($290 billion). In fact, he started working on that with implementing higher taxes for the wealthy people and lower for the poor, reduction of tariffs and programs to increase federal government efficiency. According to the appendix A, President Bill Clinton’s policies were successful after moving from a $290billions federal deficit in 1992 to a surplus of $236 billion in 2001 when he left the presidency. The benefits were used to pay the national debt.
Bill Clinton was also an American politician who had served as the 42nd President of the United States. He had served his time from 1993 to 2001 and throughout his time in office, he had both aided yet negatively impacted the United States, which can be seen through many acts and bills he had signed, both domestic and foreign. Domestic accomplishments of President Clinton firstly included cutting the tax, similar to what Reagan had done. Clinton had signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, cutting taxes for millions of low-income families. He had also cut tax for almost 100% of small businesses and raised the tax on the wealthiest taxpayers.
He the native people of north america off their land. He didn 't listen to the country 's opinion. He got rid of the bank which could have helped the country flourish and thrive. Why should he be remembered as a great president if all he did was set a precedent for future presidents to focus on the people instead of the country. Although yes he went through
In John Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, he defines political courage as one’s willingness to take action on personal ethics, even though it may trigger public criticism, retaliation, and political death. (Kennedy 7) Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman used her voice to advocate for racial minorities, women, and the poor. Chisholm was a bold woman who wasn’t afraid to raise current social issues that many avoided talking about. On account of her strong sense of justice, she faced numerous obstacles in her years in office for doing what she believed was in the best interest for our country.
Stemming from some of the Populist party’s ideas and following the turbulent times of the Reconstruction Era and Gilded Age, the Progressive movement arose in the 1890s in the United States as a means of utilizing the federal government to achieve national development. This was a huge step forward for the common man, as the industrialization of the nation and rise of big businesses, which exploded around the 1860s, left him robbed and mistreated. But this backtrack no longer reigned with the development of the Progressive Era, which brought prosperity through major reforms. This movement was a nationwide event, not bound to any singular political party or social class, but rather a mix, demonstrating its widespread success. The Progressive
John F. Kennedy, American politician and former 35th President of the United States once stated “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” JFK is absolutely correct in saying this because although effort and courage are important in various situations throughout life, they are meaningless without a purpose backing them up. Some of the most prominent examples of how we use courage and effort for a purpose is when we defend our certain beliefs and virtues. People around the world are using courage, whether it is a simple statement or an unexpected action to stand up for their true beliefs. Literature, movies, and the media also praise taking a stand against the enemy using the protagonist as an example.