The tech boom was something that fell into Clinton's lap. Few forget who was running Congress at the time. Congress--the people in charge of our federal checkbook, balanced the budget and even created a so-called future surplus. Clinton had a miserable start until Hillary introduced Hillary Care. It was then voters made a historical vote that changed leadership of Congress from Democrat to Republican.<quoted text>
It's easy to forget now, but the late 90s was the time of the tech boom. Certain technical skills were suddenly worth a lot of money. Ever upward stock prices were a source of daily happiness. Lots of folks were feeling very flush, and the idea of ditching fixed benefit pensions in favor of a pension tied to personal investments sounded like a pretty good bet.
After a brutal stock market correction, followed by a decade of a flat growth, that fixed benefit pension is now a fading standard, which everyone still remembers and desires, but very few achieve.
What I can credit Clinton with is listening to the views of his adversaries. It was Gingrich who suggested lowering the tax rate on capital gains which Clinton did. He also took advice from Greenspan which helped considerably. Clinton vetoed Welfare Reform twice, but was forced into signing the Republican bill because he knew this is what Americans wanted and would give him a better chance at a second term.
DumBama is quite the opposite. DumBama refuses to deal with Republicans unless it's an exchange for Socialism or more government dependency. This is because DumBama is a party first--country second President, and this is also why we have a stagnant 7.5% unemployment rate for nearly five years.