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A Question for Economy Wonks

Over the weekend some guy was telling me that the reason times were so good under Clinton was because he didn't do anything different than what Reagan had done. I didn't want to get into some heavy debate about it so I let it slide. But later, the more I thought about it, the more it sounded like bullshit (or a Republican talking point, I really cant tell the two apart). I remember Clinton raised taxes on the rich, where Reagan cut them. Clinton cut military spending while Reagan shoveled huge amounts of money on defense. Reagan grew the deficit, Clinton left us with a surplus. I did some reading on Clinton's economic policy, but I really could not find anything that compared and contrasted the two. So, economy experts, what's the verdict?

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