"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Of course he was not.
He was a borrow and spend right wing conservative, nothing more nothing less.
He increased US debt almost 3 times by the end of his administration and expanded government big time.
He can in no way but in the most partisan brainwashed minds, be called a fiscal small government conservative.
Reagan tax cuts doubled govt. revenue by creating 20 million jobs most in the private sector. You can continue to focus on the debt but I will take the 1.7 trillion added to the debt in 8 years by Reagan vs. Obama spending and adding that amount in less than 2 years.
Reagan's economic plan was empowering people whereas Obama empowers the govt. Sorry you don't see the difference.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (1986)
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
Out of the 1.6 trillion left the Govt. needs to fund Defense, the VA, and the interest on the Debt and could cut most of the rest thus a 600 billion reduction there alone. Most of the budget can be eliminated is it is duplicated at the state level.
Then attack entitlement spending by freezing SS payments and retirees to those currently retired and within 5 years of retirement then increase the retirement age to 67 eliminating the 62 early retirement option.