Big Tent Democrat gives us a l’il history lesson on the 1993 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, and why in his view that makes Bill Clinton’s first year in office much more impressive than Barack Obama’s. And, I think I have to agree with BTD on this one. The OBRA is the biggest reason the Big Dog lost Congress in 1994, which along with the fake scandalmongering by the New York Times and the Office of Independent Council ultimately set the stage for his impeachment. Say what you will about Clinton–and I know some of you will–he did the thing that no politician in the sixteen years since has had the stones to do:
Raise taxes on the wealthy.
And how’s that working out for us, now that we’ve abandoned progressive taxation–or in many places like my “sagebrush rebel” state, taxation in just about any form? Let’s all hold hands and sing “California, here we come,” because we are too stupid and our political leadership too craven to do what needs to be done. Our infrastructure is crumbling, our schools are desperately underfunded, and once-vital public amenities are classed as “luxuries” now because we won’t pay our fair share and none of our leaders is even bothering to ask, in large part because of what happened to Clinton. At least that corrupt warmonger Hillary Clinton isn’t President, eh? She’d probably go on live teevee tonight and tell us that she’s sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan! (And it wouldn’t even be an awesome speech.)
Interesting coincidence: Chelsea Clinton announced recently her engagement to Marc Mezvinsky, who happens to be the son of former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D-PA), whose vote put the 1993 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act over the top by one vote. (The roll call was 218-216.) Margolies-Mezvinsky was a one-term congresswoman because of that vote, despite the fact that Bill Clinton campaigned for her re-election in her wealthy suburban district, at Historiann’s alma mater, as a matter of fact. The Clinton family owes a great deal to Margolies-Mezvinsky–she gave him the vote that ultimately cost her her seat, and then she gave them her son to be Chelsea’s husband and Bill and Hillary’s son-in-law.