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Thread: The End of the Reagan Era?

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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    I think the Reagan Era is characterized by the absence of large government initiatives and passage of tax cuts on top of tax cuts on top of tax cuts.
    Reagan and small government?
    Since when?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Health care reform is a big initiative and maybe the first of several, e.g., financial regulatory reform, immigration reform, energy policy reform, which are badly needed by the country at the beginning of the twenty-first century. And, I doubt that tax cuts outside of economic stimulation programs, are really in the offing at this point in the face of these enormous deficits.

    The Reagan Era is truly over.
    You put way to much faith in your politicians.
    It's a damn shame that adults still believe in fairy tales.
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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    I didn't know there was such a thing as a "Reagan era". I just see him as another bad borrow and spend government growing president we're having to live down just like Richard Nixon and George Bush.

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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Quote Originally Posted by jacksbrat View Post
    I didn't know there was such a thing as a "Reagan era". I just see him as another bad borrow and spend government growing president we're having to live down just like Richard Nixon and George Bush.
    Reagan did all he could with the Congess he got. The same can't be said of Bush and Nixon.

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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    IMHO, the Reagan era ended when the crazies, otherwise known as the Neocons, took power. But I also believe that the Reagan Republicans are merely on hiatus. They will rise again.
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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    IMHO, the Reagan era ended when the crazies, otherwise known as the Neocons, took power. But I also believe that the Reagan Republicans are merely on hiatus. They will rise again.
    Yea, right!!! Congress forced reaganomics down Reagan's throat.

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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Reagan is popular because Republican's keep pushing his name and pretending he was the best president of all time. By the time Bush Sr. dies of old age they will see the opportunity to push his name too since people will be tired of using Reagan.
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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom View Post
    Reagan is popular because Republican's keep pushing his name and pretending he was the best president of all time. By the time Bush Sr. dies of old age they will see the opportunity to push his name too since people will be tired of using Reagan.
    I think it has more to do with their personal charisma than anything else.
    So I'm not sure that Bush Sr. will be any kind of major president in the future.

    Think of Kennedy, T. Roosevelt, Reagan, etc, as legendary figures.
    They had excellent charisma and speech capabilities but in reality they had many failings that most people should criticize but almost never do.
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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom View Post
    Reagan is popular because Republican's keep pushing his name and pretending he was the best president of all time. By the time Bush Sr. dies of old age they will see the opportunity to push his name too since people will be tired of using Reagan.
    No they won't. GHW Bush was a one-term and Newt Gingrich led the charge from the right against him. GHW got screwed by the GOP, so the GOP won't push his name at all. Instead, they'll push GW's and Jeb's names.

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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Reagan was a likable guy with a lot of charisma, but an unworkable plan for America. I voted for Reagan the first time around, thinking that he would scale back the size and power of the federal government. When that didn't happen, I didn't vote for him in '84.

    He reminds me a lot of another president who has a lot of charisma and is able to rally people, but who has an unworkable plan for America.
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    Re: The End of the Reagan Era?

    Its too early to call it over.

    It will depend greatly on 2012. If Obama wins, and he does so by staying his standard solidly left wing self rather than triangulating in the coming years ala Bill Clinton, then we'll have seen its end. 8 years of Obama and decidingly left wing politics will make sure of that. If that happens I think it'll take a "reagan-esque" type figure that is not able to simply be a leader of a movement but to flat out create a movement for the Republicans to get a grasp of control and shift the ideological actions of the country back the other direction

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