Was Bill Clinton Just Wrong, or Did He Lie? MH Impact – Facts, Analysis


Every industry professional, regardless of politics, should easily grasp the punch line.

Let’s dive into the headline question.

Even in the wake of the spreading wave of sexual abuse scandals, former President Bill Clinton remains for millions a quite popular figure. 

By all accounts, in person, he’s charming and delights people. He’s no charmer, of course, to those who – in the 90s and now – have accused him of sexual abuse. Nor those who’ve alleged that Mr. Clinton is a smooth liar, and/or a political con man.

What’s the headline issue?  What’s the truth, and the facts?

Bill, and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama. Credit, NY Daily News.

Unlike Hillary and President Barack Obama – both of whom needed Bill to help lift them at various times in their respective political careers – former President Bill Clinton was more of a deal-maker, and pragmatic.

When the GOP took the House and Senate in the wave led by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America, then POTUS Clinton pivoted.  

Then House Speaker, Newt Gingrich (R-GA), credit, CBS News.

That pivot, which the president was largely pushed into by the Republican Congressional victories, gave Clinton a claim for balancing the federal budget for the first time in the modern era. It was done in part through entitlement reforms. 

While it wasn’t the only cause, it was a factor in the economic boom of those years.

It was at that time of welfare reform – and a balanced budget – that President Clinton famously said, that “The era of Big Government is over.”


Conservative and centrist observers believe it was a statement of convenience.

Clinton didn’t, his rivals and critics say, mean what he said.

The viewpoint from the website, Bob’s “Rant” – below, is an example. 


Whatever his motives at the time, Mr. Clinton’s own words and deeds since then, as well as the actions of those he’s supported, demonstrate that he is still very much a believer in big government.


Bi-Partisan Blunders

Indeed, first under President George W. Bush 43, and then even worse under Barack Obama, big Government, with its deficits and debts, once more exploded. 

The principles of big government have been proven time and again, regardless of party, to fail.

Part of the Obama Campaign in 2008 was the promise to cut the high Bush 43 deficits. Instead, President Obama led the nation into more debt than all of the other presidents combined, adding some 10 trillion of the 20 trillion federal debt.

By contrast, the principles of limited government, be it implemented by a Democrat or Republican, are proven to work whenever they are truly adopted.

Democratic President John F. “Jack” Kennedy, and Republican President Ronald Reagan both cut taxes, and spurred economic growth, creating more net revenue after the tax cuts impact took hold. Principles work regardless of party label.


Christmas and Judge Napolitano

On this fifth day of Christmas, a recent Op-Ed by Judge Andrew Napolitano raises a parallel point. Do we worship God or Big Government?


Big government has failed to achieve it in promised goals in the U.S., but also in Castro’s Cuba, or the socialist states like Venezuela, Greece, the old Soviet Union, North Korea, and in Mao’s Communist China.

Widespread ignorance of the history of big government is the only possible reason it’s still embraced.

The bigger the central government, the more the rights and opportunity of the everyday person are weakened.  

The greater the burden from regulation, the more the cost to the economy.

One of the illustrations included in the attached submission on behalf of manufactured home industry independents by L. A. “Tony” Kovach. Image credits are as shown.

The bigger the central government, the greater the chances for waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption.  

Hundreds of billions can be saved by cutting waste, fraud and abuse. To see the 2017 Prime Cuts summary, click the graphic above, or the link below. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PrimeCuts2017CitizensAgainstGovernmentWasteCAGWDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNews.pdf

President Donald J. Trump is no saint. He never pretended to be. He freely admitted to ‘using the system,’ and people in both parties, to get what he wanted as a businessman. As those who paid attention recall, he said he could reform the system that he knew so well, from the donor side of the equation. 

After 11 months in office, what’s clear is that

  • POTUS Trump,
  • Vice President Mike Pence,
  • and the Trump Cabinet and go to work daily to move his promised agenda ahead.
President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business.

For those who believe that the economy is advancing now due to Obama’s policies, they”

  • must be engaged in wishful thinking.
  • Or a willing self-delusion,
  • or they just have no longer term memory.
  • Or they only believe what a favored media outlet tells them, even if that happens to be political spin at odds with the truth.

For example, Obama and Clinton both said manufacturing and coal are vanishing, never to come back. POTUS Trump is proving them wrong. The economy is moving, because the 45th president is undoing what Obama and other prior presidents from both parties did that was destructive to business, and thus to American economic growth.

Mr. Trump’s economic and foreign policies are pragmatic. They apply the principles of supply and demand, or other proven principles, such as regulatory roll-backs spark more business.

Forget Style, Focus on Substance and Performance

We opened by saying the every industry professional will grasp the punch line.  Here it is.

—> CFPB, HUD, DOE, FHFA, Zoning, etc., etc…think one word, regulation.

Featured image credit, Brady Homes.

Regulatory barriers are one of the bigger harms to the manufactured home industry, and they have been for years.


Tax policy, health care, have also been harmful. 



Perhaps under President Trump, he and the Congress will take what was given to the DOE in 2007, and will return energy and all of the core construction standards to HUD, where they belong. 


That would be in keeping with the logic of the federally preemptive manufactured housing code.


  • President Trump, a builder who also understands high-end prefabs because of his prior ties to Revolution PreCrafted,
  • VP Mike Pence – who comes from Indiana, where sources say he was knowledgeable about HUD Code manufactured homes,
  • and HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, who will hopefully learn and apply the law with regard to manufactured housing,
  • plus the CFPB, DOE, FHFA, and other federal officials who currently have some jurisdiction over manufactured homes… 

each must follow through on the president’s pledge of regulatory roll back.

Once they do, then America will have one of the pieces of the puzzle in place for taming the affordable housing crisis.  It will be a private sector solution to a problem that the public sector simply can’t afford to pay to solve. 

Regulations aren’t the only problem that has faced the industry. 

But it’s been a big one.

For the sake of the industry, and America, “We the People” should work to make President Clinton’s statement come to pass.

Namely, pull together to make sure that this time, “The Era of Big Government is Over.” ## (Fact checks, flashback, news in review, analysis, commentary.)

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