Folks to understand why Reagan was a true conservative, you have to understand how conservatism works in America today.
The Federal Budget for the National Endowment for the Arts fiscal 2010 is 161.3 Million dollars.
That according to modern conservative dogma is a huge waste of the taxpayers money and the poster child for big government. A true American Conservative would do away with the National Endowment for the Arts and thus save the American taxpayer that 161 Million dollars that does nothing in their eyes but fund sculptures depicting Karl Marx defecating on the sweet Baby Jesus.
However, to protect our liberty and counter the threats that China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and all those evil Muslim Terrorists pose to our freedom (especially considering they believe we have one in the White House), our total security outlays are:
Total Federal Security Outlay's Fiscal year 2010: $1025 Billion dollars.
Of course thats before you get into the total costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sure, thats a lot of money, its more than the next 20 or so nations combined, but you got to look at the "threats" we face.
So let's start with looking at Russia's Defense Budget for 2010: $45 Billion Dollars.
China's Defense Budget: $70.1 Billion Dollars.
Iran's Defense Budget: $7.1 Billion Dollars.
Granted, Russia can't even afford to fuel its own Navy. China's defense spending is 10% of our military budget, and that is for a nation that is nearly 5 times our population. Iran, which unlike Russia or China is a nation that actually is an enemy of the United States has a defense budget that is 1/100th ours.
Just the same, that 1 trillion dollar plus security outlay for 2010 alone = Wise Investment.
The 160 million dollar outlay for the National Arts Endowment = Liberals raping the taxpayers so they can fund sculptures depicting Karl Marx defecating on the sweet Baby Jesus.
You see, to the modern American Conservative, a true American knows that having 1000 military bases around the world, including 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan, 87 in South Korea, and other places scattered around the globe including sunny Aruba, as well as 224 Pentagon ran Golf Courses, and even a Ski Center in the Alps, are all absolutely essential to American security and to protect us from a world chock full of evil doers that hate our freedom.
Remember, even if that 1 trillion dollars a year in "security" outlays seems kind of big, as any true American Conservative will tell you, its temporary. It's not permanent, and thus it doesn't count as big government no matter how much money it is. Hey, they don't even think that is enough money for it. Which is why if a godless evil liberal or libertarian was even to suggest that we may not need all 224 Pentagon ran Golf Courses, well, they obviously hate America and want to turn us into another Soviet Union because any true American Conservative knows that there is no waste at all in our defense outlays, and any attempts to cut it is as communist as putting your to work in a commune harvesting rice with a number on your back. Just the same those massive security outlays are only temporary. As soon as the rapture comes all those true American Conservatives will be instantly raptured away, and the godless liberals and libertarians can slash it as much as they want then.
You see, once you understand how modern American Conservatism works, its easy to see that Reagan was a true modern American Conservative.