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Thread: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Frankly, I don't think we compare libertarians, liberals or conservatives to those who claim the label today. We all have evolved.
    Should we not first define the concept during Reagan's administration?

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    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.

    What I find very confusing is the republicans and the teaparty consider reagan their hero...he raised taxes continuously through his presidency....Obama hasnt raised taxs at all and even passed on letting the bush tax cuts expire.
    Bush gave the first trillion away on bailouts and obama continued more but he hasnt raised taxs other than Obamacare...which as of yet hasnt raised anyones taxes..

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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Nope. He was a dyed-in-the-wool LIBERAL through and through.
    No, he was a Democrat when Democrats were much more conservative than now. This was prior to McGovern. He switch parties when Democrats went ultra-left.
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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    No, he was a Democrat when Democrats were much more conservative than now. This was prior to McGovern. He switch parties when Democrats went ultra-left.
    But that was also a two-way street. He did not repudiate the New Deal nor FDR as many Republicans had as he was Democratic Party voter and when he was President, when he was asked to repudiate FDR.
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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    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.
    He had to pay for all the bells and whistles and bubbleblowing he provided at the Libertarians' orgy.
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    Re: Was Ronald Reagan a libertarian?

    Back in reagans day hardly anyone even heard of libertarian...thats a flakey ron paul creation

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