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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by PrometheusBound View Post
    Despite their covering ideological cloud of a socially permissive Big Tent, the only thing Libertarians really care about is unrestricted cheating, looting, hoarding, and blowing bubbles while soaking the rest of us in their bubble bath. Reagan made them feel good about themselves as he rang their bells and blew their whistles at their wild party, after which the rest of us were the only ones suffering a hangover.
    Bingo! He was a great leader!

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    In speeches he was a great libertarian. In office he was a puppet of the banking class.

    Hey while we're at it, is Obama a liberal?

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    In speeches he was a great libertarian. In office he was a puppet of the banking class.

    Hey while we're at it, is Obama a liberal?
    OOO! Really sharp stuff!

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    In speeches he was a great libertarian. In office he was a puppet of the banking class.

    Hey while we're at it, is Obama a liberal?
    Libertarians are puppets of the banking class too. So are Liberals. They are the children of the rich who don't have minds of their own. Lying to themselves about the class supremacy that really motivates their anti-majoritian ideas is the worst form of insincerity. Anyone born with a silver spoon in his mouth will always speak with a forked tongue.
    On the outside, trickling down on the insiders.
    We won't live free until the 1% live in fear.
    Hey, richboys! Imagine the boot of democracy stomping on your faces, forever.

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by PrometheusBound View Post
    Libertarians are puppets of the banking class too. So are Liberals. They are the children of the rich who don't have minds of their own. Lying to themselves about the class supremacy that really motivates their anti-majoritian ideas is the worst form of insincerity. Anyone born with a silver spoon in his mouth will always speak with a forked tongue.
    Says the alleged marine who spits on the US Constitution...
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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Of course he wasnt....he raised taxs 5 times during his presidency

    Many Republicans decried the use of additional revenue to help offset any increase in national debt," Connolly said. "Apparently, they forgot that when faced with rising deficits, Ronald Reagan looked to revenue increases, broadening the tax base, closing loopholes and raising taxes. Yes, he raised taxes in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987."


    http://www.politifact.com/virginia/s...-taxes-during/

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Of course not unless you're operating from a very broad definition of Libertarianism that encompasess virtually the entire right.

    In some ways as far as rhetoric goes he was at least an ally of some Libertarian beliefs.
    “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by PrometheusBound View Post
    Libertarians are puppets of the banking class too. So are Liberals. They are the children of the rich who don't have minds of their own....
    my parents are lower middle-class.

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    He was conservative, but conservative of many branches and could appeal to them all in some measure and disappoint in others.
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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Of course he wasnt....he raised taxs 5 times during his presidency

    Many Republicans decried the use of additional revenue to help offset any increase in national debt," Connolly said. "Apparently, they forgot that when faced with rising deficits, Ronald Reagan looked to revenue increases, broadening the tax base, closing loopholes and raising taxes. Yes, he raised taxes in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987."


    http://www.politifact.com/virginia/s...-taxes-during/
    Well, just as there had been a split in the Democratic Party over civil rights, there was also a split in the Republican Party over fiscal policy.

    Prior to Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party favored a balanced budget like it does today. However, unlike today, they were willing to do so via tax increases. If I remember my history right, Eisenhower maintained a high tax rate on the wealthy. He did this to bring in tax revenue in order to pay for all the government programs that required funding during the Cold War - drawing down the Korean War, further development of the nuclear arsenal, and the Interstate Highway System.

    It wasn't until Reagan started to develop his political career that he started championing decreases in taxes, especially as a method to curtail perceived encroachment of the federal government, especially against so-called socialist policies. Their strategy is that by preventing the government from paying for the services it provides they will ensure that the federal government does not overreach its authority.

    Thus Reagan switched the part from one that favors a balanced budget to one that favors deficit spending.

    Of course, Reagan was the President under which this transition occurred, and he did have to contend with a Democratic Congress. But I just wanted to point out that, at the time, a Republican President raising taxes wasn't that much of an unheard of thing.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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