"...must have been those stupid policies of Reagan/Bush...couldn't have had anything to do with Bill Clinton's eight years in the Oval Office."
Nope couldn't have anything to do with Clinton. Why? Because Clinton was lucky. You might ask....how was he lucky. He was lucky because he followed on the heals of Reagan and the policies that he put in place prior to Clinton's administration was a gift that kept on giving. Clinton was lucky because he didn't get his butt impeached for lying under oath, and Clinton was lucky because he had a Republican House that pushed him into supporting more moderate positions and abandoning his party's destructive liberal ones. These things made Clinton appear to be successful and he crows about it still.