Good foreign policy
Oversaw the continuation of the wave of deregulation of many industries that started under Carter
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.
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 THINK THE RED GOWN LOOKS THE BEST! IT NEVER HURTS TO RUB IT IN A LITTLE.The jokes write themselves!
His acting was on a par with his political skills.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
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.
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.
Read more: Downside of Reagan legacy
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...
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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