Thursday, April 3, 2014

School Report: William Jefferson Clinton

This is a school project I made on a president.

Check out the report below:

It was hard to find information on Bill Clinton...
...because he was in between the Bushes

William Jefferson Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton was born August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. Four months before his birth, his father, William Jefferson Blythe Jr, was speeding to the hospital to see his wife when he died in a car accident. Afterward his mother had to work long hours to sustain the family. His grandpa taught him to treat others nicely and with respect. His grandpa also taught him math and reading from an early age.

Throughout school he was very popular, he was known as Bill and recognized by his constant smile. In High School he joined many clubs and played band. He was an active student and the president of freshmen class. He reached such a high level in boy scouts that he was given the honor to shake hands with President Kennedy. All this must have been harder because his Mom re-married an alcoholic who was eventually sent to jail.

Bill Clinton went to college first at Georgetown University and then at Oxford University. He majored in international government.  His first job was for Senator Williams. There he fully established himself as a Democrat. In 1975 he married Hillary Clinton.  He became attorney general and governor of Arkansas.

In 1992 Clinton was elected President of the United States of America and then again in 1996!

Here are some of his accomplishments as a president:

Economy

In 1994, the economy had the lowest combination of unemployment and inflation in 25 years. President Clinton created almost 6 million jobs. President Clinton cut taxes for many (this includes 90 percent of small businesses) while raising taxes on just 1.2 percent of the wealthiest taxpayers. President Clinton signed into law the largest plan to reduce government spending history resulting in over $600 billion in deficit reduction. The deficit was going down for 3 years in a row for the first time since 1945.

Crime

The President signed into law the Brady Bill, which imposes a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases so that background checks can be done to help keep handguns away from criminals. The President's Crime Bill will put 100,000 new police officers on the street. The Crime Bill also punishes criminals by expanding the number of offenses eligible for the death penalty and implementing the "three-strikes-and-you're-out" provision. Also, the Bill banned the manufacture of 19 specific types of deadly assault weapons, while simultaneously protecting hunters' rights by exempting over 650 hunting rifles.

Medical “Bill”

President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. This guarantees 12 weeks of paid leave for medical issues. President Clinton granted waivers to 25 states providing for comprehensive welfare reform demonstrations. President Clinton ordered the U.S. Justice Department to conduct the first-ever “crackdown on deadbeat parents who refuse to accept financial responsibility”. In addition he signed an Executive Order cracking down on federal employees who owe child support.

Bureaucracy

President Clinton cut the amount of non-elected officials in the government (federal bureaucracy) by more than 100,000 positions. And, he reduced the White House staff by 25 percent.

Education

Under the President's Direct Student Loan program, students can borrow money directly from the government at a lower interest rate and with many flexible repayment options, including the option to repay with a percentage of their after-graduation salary. Taxpayers saved at least $4.3 billion over five years. President Clinton signed into law Goals 2000, a national standard of excellence for our public schools. President Clinton's Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community Act and the Safe Schools Act provide funding to schools to fight violence and drug abuse. The President's School-to-Work program provides venture capital to spark a nationwide system for moving America's young people from high school to a job with a future. In 1994, all states received planning funds for their school-to-work program.

Conservation

The President's Northwest Forest Plan is putting communities in Northwestern America back to work, while conserving ancient forests. After decades of conflict, the Clinton administration negotiated a consensus plan to protect California's most valuable natural resource -its water. The San Francisco and Delta estuary supplies drinking water to two-thirds of the state's people, provides irrigation for 45 percent of the nation's fruits and vegetables, and sustains 300 aquatic species.

International relations

As of May, 1994, nuclear missiles in Russia and the United States are no longer targeted against any country. And, as a result of other Clinton Administration efforts, the Ukraine got ahead of schedule in reaching the goal of transferring 1,500 nuclear warheads to Russia for dismantlement. President Clinton peacefully restored democracy to Haiti, curbing the violence that threatened tens of thousands of Haitians, securing our borders, and upholding our commitments and the commitments made to us in the process.

Best

More than 22 million jobs were created in less than eight years -- the most ever under a single administration, and more than were created in the previous twelve years. More families buy homes. The home-ownership rate increased from 64.2 percent in 1992 to 67.7 percent, the highest rate ever. Unemployment dropped from more than 7 percent in 1993 to just 4.0 percent in November 2000. Unemployment for African Americans and Hispanics fell to the lowest rates on record, and the rate for women is the lowest in more than 40 years. Clinton increased the internet connected schools by 60% in 8 years inspiring technology. The overall crime rate declined for 8 consecutive years, the longest continuous drop on record, and is at the lowest level since 1973. Under President Clinton federal government spending as a share of the economy has decreased from 22.2 percent in 1992 to a projected 18.5 percent in 2000, the lowest since 1966. The President has appointed more African Americans, women and Hispanics to the Cabinet than any other President in history. He appointed the first female Attorney General, the first female Secretary of State and the first Asian American cabinet secretary ever.

Sources:

Kent, Zachary. William Jefferson Clinton. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1994

http://clinton1.nara.gov/White_House/Accomplishments/html/accomp-plain.html

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/williamjclinton

http://clinton5.nara.gov/WH/Accomplishments/eightyears-01.html

http://millercenter.org/president/clinton/essays/biography/3
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