Friday, July 09, 2010

Reagan A Myth?

Here's an interesting article I found on

What Would Reagan Really Do? - Newsweek

It's basically about how Republicans seem to worship Ronald Reagan and how so many people claim to be Reagan Republicans in order to garner votes and the fact that the Reagan they are sermonizing about is not necessarily the Reagan of history.

Here are some interesting quotes from the article:

"...the Reagan that Republicans now revere - a mythical founder figure who always cut taxes, always rattled his saber, and always consulted Jesus - barely resembles the more pragmatic Regan who actually ran the country."

"It's doubtful...that a contemporary Reagan figure would seek to solve every problem but cutting taxes.........In 1982, Reagan agreed to restore a third of the previous year's massive cut. It was the largest tax INCREASE in U.S. history. In 1983, he raised the gasoline tax by 5 cents a gallon and instituted a payroll-tax hike that helped fund Medicaid and Social Security."

I will probably have some more to say about this article later. It's a pretty interesting article. Give it a read.

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