Time and time again, anyone reading the mainstream news or reading articles on the Internet will read the claim that President Clinton not only balanced the budget, but had a surplus. This is then used as an argument to further highlight the fiscal irresponsibility of the federal government under the Bush administration.(Liberal propaganda by Liberal communists is how Clinton achieved his fake surplus)<quoted text>
Clinton left with a surplus.
He didn't put through unfunded ta cuts,unfunded wars, unfunded expansions of government, unfunded expansions to Medicare.
The claim is generally made that Clinton had a surplus of $69 billion in FY1998,$123 billion in FY1999 and $230 billion in FY2000 . In that same link, Clinton claimed that the national debt had been reduced by $360 billion in the last three years, presumably FY1998, FY1999, and FY2000--though, interestingly,$360 billion is not the sum of the alleged surpluses of the three years in question ($69B +$123B +$230B =$422B, not $360B).
While not defending the increase of the federal debt under President Bush, it's curious to see Clinton's record promoted as having generated a surplus. It never happened. There was never a surplus and the facts support that position. In fact, far from a $360 billion reduction in the national debt in FY1998-FY2000, there was an increase of $281 billion.
Verifying this is as simple as accessing the U.S. Treasury website where the national debt is updated daily and a history of the debt since January 1993 can be obtained.