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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    Not to mention he single-handedly beat the Russians in the Cold War. He ripped his shirt off, flew to the USSR on the back on a bald eagle, shoved an American flag up Gorbachev's butt and proclaimed this land for God, Abe Lincoln and Ronald McDonald.


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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    Not to mention he single-handedly beat the Russians in the Cold War. He ripped his shirt off, flew to the USSR on the back on a bald eagle, shoved an American flag up Gorbachev's butt and proclaimed this land for God, Abe Lincoln and Ronald McDonald.
    The Soviet Union collapsed a year and a month before Clinton took office. Those statements come from reading too many Death Valley Days comic books.

    I've started threads about Reagan and examined all of his positions on military spending. Reagan supported the B-1 over the B-2 Stealth Bomber and they have all been mothballed. Reagan took the mobile out of the MX missile program and it's been mothballed.

    600-ship Navy

    The 600 Ship Navy was a strategic plan of the United States Navy during the 1980s to rebuild its fleet after cutbacks that followed the end of the Vietnam War. The plan, which originated with Republican leaders, was an important campaign plank of Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election, who advocated a larger military and strategic confrontation with the Soviet Union.

    The program included:
    Recommissioning the Iowa-class battleships.
    Keeping older ships in service longer.
    A large new construction program.
    Stepped up production of Nimitz-class aircraft carriers

    The idea was supported by John F. Lehman who became Reagan's Secretary of the Navy, and Caspar Weinberger, Reagan's Secretary of Defense.

    End of the plan

    Eventually political pressure to reduce the national budget deficit resulted in Congress reversing itself and passing a series of declining defense budgets beginning in 1986. Weinberger clashed with Congress over the cuts, resigning in late 1987, and was succeeded by the more pragmatic Frank Carlucci.[2] Lehman's successor as Navy Secretary, Jim Webb, remained a fierce proponent of the expanded fleet, and disagreed with Carlucci over how to cut the Navy budget in line with other services. Webb resigned rather than endorse Carlucci's cut of 16 frigates.[3] As revealed in The Reagan Diaries, Reagan reflected about Webb's resignation on February 22, 1988: "Present Sec. Webb resigned over budget cuts. I don't think Navy was sorry to see him go."

    Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and the lack of a perceived threat against the United States, several of the Reagan Administration's policies and plans, such as the "600-ship Navy", were scaled back or abandoned. U.S. bases across Europe and North America were slowly decommissioned and closed, others were mothballed. In the Navy, this resulted in the retirement of several older carriers, the decommissioning of all four of the Iowa-class battleships and the cancellation of the remaining Seawolf-class submarines.

    As of 2011, there are 286 ships in the U.S. Navy.[4] However, the United States still maintains the largest navy in the world, with a battle fleet tonnage greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined.[5]
    Source: 600-ship Navy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I even examined any new military project started during the Reagan administration and only came up with the perpetually over budget, "Marine Killer" V-22 Osprey.

    Reagan spent lot of money on military and we recieved very little for what he spent it on. Papa Bush was the smart one on foreign policy and the economy in the Reagan administration. Once the Fed lowered interest rates and the economy played itself out, it wasn't in great shape when Bush took over.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Reagan annoyed leftistas and still annoys them; which is a great thing. Thank you Dutch! We love you and miss you, and hope we have a president soon that can make his own decisions versus this manchild currently in office...
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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    I think he was a pretty good president. Not perfect of course, and certainly not deserving of the deification that many on the right give him, but yes, he was good for the most part. The increased debt is a stain on his legacy, but he definitely presided over an improvement in economic conditions. Also, I think that the people that have been insulting him on this forum have been extremely misguided.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Meathead View Post
    You guys have to suck it up. Reagan's greatness is why he's still being discussed to this day. It further reflects itself in the pathetic consternation (whining) of the left. Now that's a legacy. As presidents go, he is a giant among midgets and indeed history has recognized this. In the unlikely event that oppressive leftist succeed, he will be vilified - but only then.
    Being a popularly talked about asshole doesn't mean you're one of the cool kids. Snooki? Popular and discussed by everyone. Great? Not by any means.
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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Meathead View Post
    He belongs on Mt. Rushmore. Liberals like to bitch about him because he set them back 100 years. Much to their chagrin, Reagan's legacy remains untarnished even with the whining.
    .. 100 years? Really? Gays allowed to serve openly, no lynchings, more public university educated people than ever, AIDS awareness is pretty much a norm, huge cuts in military spending, rise in social spending, less people in churches than ever in the history of the US. You may want to recheck what things were like 100 years ago before you spew off all the way from Prague. For that matter, just check how things were during Reagan's term. If anything, he and the nitwit who followed him made everyone far more aware of the cancer that is the religious right and neocon foreign policy.
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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Heck

    He was better than Osama oops Obama


    Much much better! What the heck!

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    .. 100 years? Really? Gays allowed to serve openly, no lynchings, more public university educated people than ever, AIDS awareness is pretty much a norm, huge cuts in military spending, rise in social spending, less people in churches than ever in the history of the US. You may want to recheck what things were like 100 years ago before you spew off all the way from Prague. For that matter, just check how things were during Reagan's term. If anything, he and the nitwit who followed him made everyone far more aware of the cancer that is the religious right and neocon foreign policy.

    you sound like people ditching religion is a good thing.huge cuts in military spending cots us more in the long run that keeping our current budget,but i guess youd rather have 5 bucks today than 50 tomorrow,everytime we cut military we have to rebuild it the next conflict costing us more than just keeping a good sized standing force.

    a rise in social spending means less people are better off,that fact that more social spending is seen as good to people is horrible,in reality it means more people cant make it in the world,if anything the purpose of social spending should be to make people self reliant and eliminate the need for it.

    once again whats your problem with religion,is it they rub you the wrong way and you want people to abandon what you dont agree with or that you hate that christianity teaches self reliance which is the opposite of what liberalism promotes?

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Reagan was a better President than Barak Osama Bin Laden .....no doubt about it!

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    I quit being concerned about being cool in my twenties. It could even happen to a liberal loser like you.

    The fact that Reagan still ruffles immature lefties feathers even today is a sure sign of greatness.

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