Ronald Reagan revisited

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by jficquette, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as "the masses." This is a term we haven't applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, "the full power of centralized government"—this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don't control things. A government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.
    PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

    Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.
    PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

    This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.
    PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN


    No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments' programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.
    PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
     
  2. This is a HUGE threat with Obama-care.

    The Dems have the power to pass any old bill they want, in spite of ALL objections... and it may not be possible to undo any evil contained therein.

    Even if Obama serves only one term, he could leave a virtually permanent, open wound on America...
     
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  4. A sober review of Reagan's presidency doesn't yield the seamlessly conservative record being peddled today. Federal government expanded on his watch.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0301.green.html

    According to this chart, outside of World War Two, government spending under FDR and LBJ reached an all-time high of 30.07% in 1969. This compares to an all-time low of 32.55% under Reagan. As such, by their own standards, conservatives must label Ronald Reagan as more socialist than FDR, he of the New Deal, or LBJ, he of The Great Society. Under FDR, government spending consistently hovered at around 20% of GDP, compared to 35% under Reagan. This actually makes Reagan nearly twice as socialist as FDR.

    http://www.openleft.com/diary/13109/reagan-more-socialist-than-fdr
     
  5. Let's resurrect the Gipper!
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  6. Well, lets just bring up the race card since I don't have anything else to say about Reagan.
     
  7. I really liked Ronald Reagan. I did quite a bit of research on him, and encourage others to do so for themselves. Unfortunately while he did reign in govt the first two years in office, it and the deficit expanded afterwards despite the rhetoric to the contrary. The expansion of govt seems to be a given with the American political system now. O has taken this to an unprecedented level. The final result . . . perhaps will be the recognition of our total national bankruptcy. - - - -