I see this garbage all the time …..
Robert Jensen · Top Commenter
Rep John Boehner, Rep Paul Ryan and Sen. Mitch McConnell were all in office during the Bush Adminstration when the GOP had control of the House, Senate and the White House. Inheritng a Clinton budget surplus, …..
That’s from the comment section at a HuffPo post.
What sort of delusional world do these lunatics live in?
To be sure, the wasteful spending during the Bush administration was horrid. But, Clinton didn’t have a damned thing to do with the balance budget act other than be forced to sign the useless law.
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997, (Pub.L. 105–33, 111 Stat. 251, enacted August 5, 1997), was an omnibus legislative package enacted by the United States Congress, using the budget reconciliation process, and designed to balance the federal budget by 2002.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the act was to result in $160 billion in spending reductions between 1998 and 2002. After taking into account an increase in spending on Welfare and Children’s Healthcare, the savings totaled $127 billion. Medicare cuts were responsible for $112 billion, and hospital inpatient and outpatient payments covered $44 billion.  In order to reduce Medicare spending, the act reduced payments to health service providers such as hospitals, doctors, and nurse practitioners.However, some of those changes to payments were reversed by subsequent legislation in 1999 and 2000.
The One Hundred Fifth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, DC from January 3, 1997 to January 3, 1999, during the fifth and sixth years of Bill Clinton‘s presidency. Apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Twenty-first Census of the United States in 1990. Both chambers had a Republican majority.
What irks the heck out of me is that the assertion and implication that the balanced budget somehow having something to do with Bill Clinton goes on unchallenged with such assertions.
Now, there’s no excuse.