History 2301E Lecture Notes - Rodney King, Minutemen, California Proposition 209

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Lecture 48 The 1990s
Bill Clinton
o Ran against Bush in the 1992 election
Governor of Arkansas
Largest voter turnout in 20 years
First baby boomer to be in office, inspired by John F. Kennedy
No military experience, went to university instead of Vietnam
o Wanted to focus on domestic policy, but became involved in
peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Bosnia
o Economy doing well
Low unemployment and inflation
o Reforms:
NAPTA
Brady Bill
Health Care
Led by Hilary Clinton
Provide health care to all Americans, failed
o Vs. Newt Gingrich
Speaker of the House
“Contract with America”
Tax cuts, broader death penalty, cut backs on health
care and environmental policies
Clinton threatened to veto the budget, forced to compromise
o 1996 Election
Clinton vs. Dole
First Democrat since FDR to win a second term
o Vs. Ken Starr
Scandal: January 1998
Linda Trip taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky
who talked about her intimate relationship with
President Clinton
Republicans wanted Clinton to be impeached
Accused of perjury and obstruction
o Impeachment
US public didn’t support the impeachment
1999: went to the senate, all 45 democratic senators voted to
acquit Clinton
House of Representative becomes the grand jury, indictment
sent to the Senate for trial
Clinton had professional lawyers
Economy
o Development and growth of the internet and computers
Rise in labour productivity
o Generally prosperous decade
o Median income was barely higher than it was in 1973
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