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Bill Clinton Was a Good President

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Started: 12/11/2014 Category: Politics
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First round will be acceptance. I am pro/ saying that he was a good president, meaning his presidency furthered the success of America.


This is my first debate but I will accept your challenge. I have been reading alot of debates and I think I know how this whole thing works.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for accepting this debate! This should be interesting!

Under the presidency of Clinton's leadership, almost 6 million jobs were created in the first 2 years of his Administration. In 1994, the economy had the lowest combination of unemployment and inflation in 25 years. 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. Was the first to sign into law the largest deficit reduction plan in history, resulting in over 600 billion in deficit reduction.

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.

Most importantly, he made education a priority. The 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. Signed into law Goals 2000, where 41 states received federal grants to raise academic standards.

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Not only did constant scandals take Clinton's focus off running the country he lost credibility in the eye of the public every time. When Paula Jones sued Clinton for sexual harassment, he became the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury investigating his own conduct. His affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky culminated in Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives on Dec. 19, 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Clinton cut NASA's budget by $715 million in 1995 (about 5%) and did not restore the bulk of the money until three months before he left office. The result was a space program struggling to operate with less money for most of Clinton's time in office. Some blame the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia explosion on Clinton's decision to slash NASA's budget by an aggregate of $56 million over his presidency.

Clinton was unable to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal the ban on homosexuals serving in the military. Faced with strong opposition from conservatives early in his presidency, Clinton settled on a compromise policy referred to as "don't ask, don't tell," which allowed gays to serve in the military if they did not disclose their sexual orientation. Neither conservatives nor liberals were satisfied by the outcome.

Clinton's gun law backfired terribly, because the number of federal prisoners doubled under Clinton, and 58 percent of them were serving time for drug-related offenses. Resources were geared towards incarceration instead of rehabilitation or crime prevention. Clinton's 1994 Crime Bill was filled with "pork spending" that distributed $10 billion to states and special interest groups. In rebuttal towards your "And, the Bill banned the manufacture of 19 specific types of deadly assault weapons," the bill was repealed 10 years ago on 9/13/2004. As seen at it says "The expiration Monday of a 10-year federal ban on assault weapons means firearms like AK-47s, Uzis and TEC-9s can now be legally bought " a development that has critics upset and gun owners pleased. The 1994 ban, signed by then President Clinton, outlawed 19 types of military-style assault weapons. A clause directed that the ban expire unless Congress specifically reauthorized it, which it did not." This shows that this bill may have succeeded for his term but in the long run, it did not.

Clinton's Goals 2000 program did not ensure uniform quality of standards among all the states because he compromised on oversight to get the program passed. The impact therefore varied by state and Clinton never fulfilled his goal of equalizing education standards and improving results for all students. By 2000, six years after IASA was implemented, only 17 states were in full compliance with the standards.

Clinton gets too much credit for the economy boom in in the 1990"s, which was already growing at a rapid pace before he became president. It was the republican controlled congress which made the economy that it was. Clinton failure to regulate the financial-services markets enabled the bad lending and Wall Street scams that led to the 2007 banking crisis.

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Sincerely PM
Debate Round No. 2


Yes, he did have constant scandals, but that doesn't mean stopping him from being the president. Since, he did have a lot of affairs, and didn't know how to be faithful, that doesn't mean he is a terrible president.

A piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle external tank and struck the left wing. Most previous shuttle launches had seen minor damage from foam shedding,[1] but some engineers suspected that the damage to Columbia was more serious. NASA managers limited the investigation, reasoning that the crew could not have fixed the problem if it had been confirmed. This has nothing to do with his "slash of budget."

Every time a bank makes a loan, new money is created. In the run up to the financial crisis, banks created huge sums of new money by making loans. In just 7 years, they doubled the amount of money and debt in the economy. Meaning, people needed loans, and were not able to pay them back. This was not his fault, it was merely the misconception of people liking what they saw and buying it.

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.

Clinton managed to remake the image and operations of the Democratic Party in ways that effectively undermined the so-called Reagan Revolution. His "New Democrat" Party co-opted the Reagan appeal to law and order, individualism, and welfare reform, and made the party more attractive to white middle-class Americans.

The President's success in the Balkans will undoubtedly resonate well historically, as the administration helped end a conflict that threatened both the security of Europe and the viability of transatlantic cooperative arrangements.



Rebuttal Towards Your Rebuttals -

Lower Budget = Infrequent and Inadequate Inspections
Infrequent and Inadequate Inspections = Possibility of Faulty Equipment
Possibility of Faulty Equipment = KABOOM

Having constant scandals CAN change his way of running the country. If he is willing to break his oath in court and his oath at marriage who knows what other oaths and promises he was willing to break, which leads into my first argument.....

Rebuttals -

He may have reformed the democrats but that still doesn"t change the fact that he sat in the back seat while Congress drove (*cough* *cough* were republicans *cough*). Congress took over the "driving" part of the country after his failed health care. (Gonna talk about that in next round). Nevertheless, Clinton's claims to a lasting, positive legacy for the Democratic Party have been severely undermined by two realities: the shift in control of Congress to the Republican Party on his watch and the loss by his would-be successor, Vice President Al Gore, in the 2000 presidential election. Thus, Clinton's partisan legacy remains complex and uncertain.

He may have been successful over in Europe, but " the failure to act in Rwanda, in particular, seems likely to loom large in future historical evaluations. Clinton's overall management of the immediate post-Cold War environment will certainly endure great scrutiny.", which also leads into my first argument......


The Rwanda genocide was a 100-day killing spree by ethnic Hutus against their Tutsi neighbors. It was a mindless slaughter that killed up to 800,000 people. Corpses littered the streets and children were dismembered and raped. Then-President Clinton reacted to this senseless tragedy"arguably the worst of the 20th century"by burying any evidence of it.
In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the Clinton White House insisted they"d been unaware of the scale of suffering. In 2004, however, classified documents emerged proving that the CIA had informed Clinton, Gore, and 100 top officials that a genocide was underway within 17 days of the first killings. Had they spoken out at the UN or piled pressure on Rwanda, it"s likely that the slaughter could have been stopped before reaching such disturbing proportions. By Clinton"s own estimate, their silence cost upward of 300,000 lives.

Imagine China was conducting a military operation in, say, Syria. Now imagine some faulty intelligence led to them bombing the US embassy. There would be international outrage, right? Well, that"s essentially what happened in Kosovo in 1999. After a tip-off from US intelligence, NATO blasted a building to smithereens"only to discover that they"d just destroyed the Chinese Embassy
According to a joint investigation by British newspaper The Observer and Denmark"s Politiken, there"s a very real possibility that the US and UK governments deliberately colluded to bomb the embassy. If that"s the case"and there"s some convincing, if inconclusive, evidence that it was"then Clinton not only facilitated an attack on a friendly state, he helped cover up the fact afterwards, just as he did with his knowledge of the Rwanda genocide. To this day, China claims the attack was deliberate provocation, one that has strained international relations between the two superpowers ever since.
Those 2 arguments above prove that he was willing to break trust and hide evidence of bad things while pretending to know nothing about it.

Clinton failed to deal with the threat of Osama bin Laden, who in 1996 had not yet become the universally despised figure he is today, and terrorist acts escalated and culminated in the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks that killed 2,973 people. Clinton was too distracted by scandals such as the threat of impeachment to take action against Al Qaeda. A former CIA station chief in Pakistan said Clinton ordered the CIA to capture bin Laden alive, which resulted in a missed opportunity to kill him at an al-Qaida training camp in 2000. Although he hadn"t yet graduated to planning large-scale atrocities, the State Department had good reason to believe he was starting to take a more active role in terrorist circles, which could only grow if he moved on to Afghanistan. They asked the Clinton administration whether they should deter the move"and Clinton said no.
It wasn"t the first time Clinton turned down the chance to halt Bin Laden"s progress, and it wouldn"t be the last. In the early 2000s, a litany of missed opportunities came to light. One of the most negligent was Clinton"s refusal to take steps as simple as hiring Arabic language translators for the intelligence services, significantly slowing down operations. If the White House had managed to put the brakes on Bin Laden at this time, the worst terrorist atrocity in US history may never have happened. - Rebuttals - Arguments - Arguments
Debate Round No. 3


Quick question, you mentioned that you were going to "talk about that in the next round," (about healthcare) but were you really going to just copy and paste from that clinton. pro con website?

"If Lippman suggested the USA"s experience in Somalia had prevented Clinton from doing "the right thing", Sonenshine suggested the president should respond: "If we were truly spooked by Somalia, we would have turned away entirely, instead of committing 4,000 American troops and spending $500m to give the people of Rwanda humanitarian help." [1]

"Clinton was aware of the threat of Al Qaeda and authorized the CIA to kill Osama bin Laden. He sought to hunt down bin Laden after the Oct. 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole, but the CIA and FBI refused to certify bin Laden's involvement in the terrorist act. "I got closer to killing him than anybody's gotten since," Clinton said in a Sep. 24, 2006 interview with Chris Wallace."[2]

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 means.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

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.

Since, you were going to talk about healthcare, I will just go ahead and rebut all what you have to say now. Most likely, you will use this: Health care reform was Clinton's major goal when he took office but his administration was ill-prepared for such a large task and made several missteps. Republican opposition was insurmountable and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME) declared on Sep. 26, 1994 that Clinton's plan would never pass. The failure is considered the biggest of his administration in part because it led to the Republicans regaining control of Congress in the next election but also because he expended a lot of political capital without getting anything in return. Considering it's from the website where you have been copying and pasting. I will just use the pro side of your argument!

"Clinton sought to bring attention and action to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Funding for AIDS-related programs increased 150 percent during his presidency, and he was a leader in developing international initiatives to search for a vaccine. He signed the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996, allowing women to stay in the hospital for 48 to 96 hours after giving birth instead of being kicked out in less than 24 hours." [3]



Don't be hatin, this is my first debate and I thank you for allowing me to this debate. I hope to debate again sometime soon, it was fun. P.S I personally don't believe he was THAT bad of a president but he had his.....problems. (and you weren't so "original" with your arguments either sooo...) There is really no point in listing any more arguments because there is no way you can answer back so I"ll just leave it to the public to vote. (plus not EVERYTHING was copy and paste) I respect your opinions and I hope you respect mine.
Happy Debating,
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Mags2 2 years ago
Why would you say that?
Posted by ry_robi 2 years ago
Exited to see what you come up with. Just remember that Clinton was impeached not for the bj, but for lying about it while under oath (which is called perjury and obstruction of justice). Should be a good debate
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