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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    How did Clinton "stop the spending"?
    Didn't Clinton have a balanced budget? Spending = income.
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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Good
    Cut taxes
    Good foreign policy
    Oversaw the continuation of the wave of deregulation of many industries that started under Carter

    Bad
    Increased defense to an absurd degree as the Soviets were collapsing mostly under their own weight
    Massively ramped up the War on Drugs
    Didn't really deregulate the financial industry as much as allow for the creation of a poorly laid out safety net that encouraged risky investment.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    He was a nice smile with hair that just would not gray.

    He granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

    His voodoo economics was the start of a great downfall.

    He bailed out the bankrupt savings and loan banks.

    He was a better actor.
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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    His acting was on a par with his political skills.
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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    He was a nice smile with hair that just would not gray.

    He granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

    His voodoo economics was the start of a great downfall.

    He bailed out the bankrupt savings and loan banks.

    He was a better actor.


    i fail to see the voodoo economics.he gave america one of the most prosperous economic periods growth that lasted nearly 2 decades.yet i guess the voodoo of i is that it failed at some point so instead of fixing what worked great for many years people want to revert back to prior economic policies that failed.economics fail but there was prosperity through the 80's and 90's demonize it for failing.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    The republicans like to revise history. Or better yet, deny humongous shortcomings like these... As someone whose sister was afflicted by severe bipolar disorder (and required 24/7 mental assistance) as a symptom on Huntington's Chorea...I promise you his legacy isn't all rainbows and lollipops...


    Ronald Reagan may have been a good and decent man.As president, though, Reagan pursued policies that were short-sighted, reckless and, for many, hurtful. His economic legacy is one of deplorable disregard for the consequences of his actions, and the ramifications of Reagan's decisions remain with us to this day.I'll focus here on just three issues: soaring budget deficits, homelessness and AIDS.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    It is interesting to note that the conclusions in this thread fall pretty much along ideological lines, and thus are hardly objective by any stretch of the imagination. But, I'll give mine, too. Why not?

    Overall, he was better than average. The good things he accomplished were significant, albeit at a cost. However, there are some warts, as well.

    Now for some responses...
    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    Didn't Clinton have a balanced budget? Spending = income.
    No, not really. There were a lot of smoke-and-mirrors involved. Borrowing from questionable sources that gave the illusion of balancing "the budget", yet... if you/we were actually intellectually honest, and counted total dollars-in vs total dollars-out... we didn't actually balance anything. We still ran a deficit.


    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Good
    Cut taxes
    Good foreign policy
    Oversaw the continuation of the wave of deregulation of many industries that started under Carter

    Bad
    Increased defense to an absurd degree as the Soviets were collapsing mostly under their own weight
    Massively ramped up the War on Drugs
    Didn't really deregulate the financial industry as much as allow for the creation of a poorly laid out safety net that encouraged risky investment.

    He was neither Jesus nor the Anti-Christ.
    The one thing I can never forgive him for. That, in combination with the massive expansion of civil asset forfeiture, is the most anti-American thing ever done. IMO, of course.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    I voted No simply because of his fiscal record, ironically most of his successors who praise him as a deity would label him a socialist and un-american if his policies were employed in today's society.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Justice For All View Post
    In a 62 year time span he's probably the best Republican since Eisenhower, but over all he was just a so so moderate Republican who ultimately led us down the path of de-regulation and widened the gap between rich and poor. I voted he was so so.
    Eisenhower got us started with Viet Nam when the French pulled out, as "advisors" and see what advising finally got us; 60,000 plus Americans killed for false ideology. Eisenhower sucked as bad as Reagan, IMO.

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    Re: Was Reagan a good president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzidoesit View Post
    Eisenhower got us started with Viet Nam when the French pulled out, as "advisors" and see what advising finally got us; 60,000 plus Americans killed for false ideology. Eisenhower sucked as bad as Reagan, IMO.
    Lay the blame for the vast majority of those deaths where it honestly lies... Johnson. Involvement in Vietnam under Eisenhower was pretty small. It expanded under Kennedy, but was still relatively small. It was expanded massively under Johnson, and became an all-out fully-committed war for us under Johnson.

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