Clinton's SPR mistake

US Pres. Bill Clinton gave illuminating context last week to his Sept. 23 order to make 30 million bbl of strategically hoarded crude oil available to a market straining against shortage. Wringing the prerogative of incumbency for all it's worth, he claimed credit for himself and Vice-Pres. Al Gore for income gains documented in an annual Census Bureau report released Sept. 26.Heralding "another economic milestone," Clinton noted that median household income increased by $1,072 last year to $40,816, the first time in history that the figure exceeded $40,000. It was the measure's fifth straight significant annual gain-another first.Purchasing power rises"Since 1993, when we launche...

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