21 Reasons Why Ronald Reagan Was a Terrible President

Updated on December 13, 2016
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Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.

Official portrait of President Reagan, 1981
Official portrait of President Reagan, 1981

1. Reagan Supplied Weapons to America's Enemies

He armed Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war despite the fact that it was widely known Iraq was using chemical weapons against civilian populations in violation of international law.

2. Reagan Ignored the Atrocities Committed by Saddam Hussein

Even after the whole world condemned Saddam Hussein for using chemical weapons to kill over 5,000 Kurdish civilians in Iraq, the Reagan administration continued to provide weapons and tactical information to Iraq. Iraq used this information to target its enemies with chemical weapons. Reagan even vetoed a UN resolution condemning Iraq.

3. Reagan Illegally Supplied Arms to Both Sides of the Iran-Iraq War

While he was supplying Iraq with weapons, Reagan also armed Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in direct violation of a U.S. law that he had signed.

4. Reagan Caved in to the Demands of Terrorists

After several Americans were taken hostage by terrorists in Lebanon, Reagan provided weapons to Iran in exchange for their release. Despite this concession, ultimately more hostages were taken.

Memorial to 241 Marines, soldiers, and sailors killed in the October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Memorial to 241 Marines, soldiers, and sailors killed in the October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.

5. Reagan Caved in to the Demands of Terrorists Again

After Reagan sent Marines to Beirut for a peacekeeping mission, a terrorist’s truck bomb killed 241 U.S. Marines. Reagan responded by immediately doing exactly what the terrorists wanted, pulling all the troops out of Beirut.

6. Reagan Was Weak in the War on Terrorism

After the bombing of the US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Reagan promised to track down and punish the terrorists who committed that horrible act. He never followed up on that promise.

7. Reagan Didn't Obey His Own Laws

He illegally supplied weapons to Nicaraguan rebels in violation of a law that he himself had signed.

8. Reagan Supported the Violent Overthrow of a Democratically Elected Government

He illegally supported the Nicaraguan Contras, whom he called “Freedom Fighters,” despite the fact that they killed civilians and wanted to overthrow the democratically elected government to restore the dictatorship that previously existed in Nicaragua.

9. Reagan Started an Unnecessary War to Divert Attention From His Failure in Beirut

Just days after the bombing that killed 241 Marines in Beirut, Reagan launched an attack on the island of Grenada to remove Cuban soldiers there. This successfully took attention away from the devastating loss of those Marines in Beirut.

USS Stark after 37 crew members were killed by an Iraqi missile on May 17, 1987.
USS Stark after 37 crew members were killed by an Iraqi missile on May 17, 1987.

10. Reagan Failed to Defend US From Saddam Hussein

When an Iraqi fighter jet fired a missile into a U.S. Navy ship in 1987, killing 37 men, Reagan did nothing in response to the attack. Iraq is still the only non-allied country to attack a U.S. warship without retaliation.

11. Reagan Helped Create Al Qaeda

The Reagan administration armed and supported the Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan. Many members of the Mujahideen, like Osama bin Laden, used their experience in Afghanistan to help them form the terrorist organization Al Qaeda.

12. Reagan Supported the Racist Apartheid Government in South Africa

When the white minority in South Africa (just 10% of the population) brutally repressed the black majority, even denying them the right to vote, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 to apply pressure to South Africa to end Apartheid. But President Reagan opposed any sanctions on South Africa and vetoed that bill. Congress was forced to override his veto.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.

13. Reagan Supported the Most Brutal Dictators in the World as Long as He Didn't Consider Them “Communists”

  • He supported Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Later, when Noriega became too close with Fidel Castro, we suddenly considered him an enemy and removed him from power.
  • He supported Saddam Hussein when he committed the most brutal atrocities on Earth, killing thousands of his own people. Years later, when Saddam threatened our oil supply, we used these same atrocities as reasons to go to war with him.
  • He supported Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos even after Marcos killed his political rival and rigged his own reelection.
  • He supported the brutal regime in El Salvador when it was widely known that they were killing civilians, including Americans. After four American nuns were murdered by Salvadorian soldiers, Reagan’s Secretary of State defended the Salvadorians, suggesting that the nuns might have been shot while trying to run a military roadblock—but this wouldn't explain why they were also raped before they were killed.

14. Reagan’s Administration Had More Documented Corruption Than Any President in U.S. History

At least 138 Reagan administration officials, including several cabinet members, were investigated for, indicted for, or convicted of crimes. This is the largest number of any U.S. President. Many of them were pardoned by Reagan or President Bush before they could even stand trial.

  • Secretary of the Interior James Watt —Indicted on 21 felonies
  • Attorney General Edwin Meese —Resigned after investigations of corruption
  • Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger—Charged with Iran-Contra crimes and pardoned before going to trial
  • Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams—Plea bargained for Iran-Contra crimes and pardoned by President Bush
  • Two National Security Advisors Robert MacFarlane and John Poindexter—Pleaded guilty to Iran-Contra crimes and were pardoned
  • Three high ranking CIA officials, Alan Fiers, Clair George, and Joseph Fernandez —Convicted and pardoned for Iran-Contra crimes
  • At least nine Reagan appointees were convicted of perjury, lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, or contempt of Congress

15. Reagan Frequently Repeated Bald-Faced Lies Even After They Were Publicly Revealed to Be Untrue

  • He told stories about having been a U.S. Army photographer assigned to film Nazi death camps. Reagan never visited or filmed any such camps.
  • He often told a story about a “Chicago Welfare Queen” who had 80 aliases and gotten $150,000 in welfare. She never existed but investigators did find one woman who had two aliases and received $8,000. Still, Reagan continued to tell the false version of the story.
  • He claimed that trees create more pollution than automobiles, an absurdly untrue statement that he literally pulled out of thin air.

16. Reagan Set Records for Budget Deficits

After criticizing President Carter for having a $50 billion deficit, Reagan’s own deficits exceeded $200 billion. He tripled the national debt in only eight years. Although Republicans blamed Congress for the deficits, all eight of the budgets Congress passed had less spending and smaller deficits than the budgets proposed by Reagan.

17. Reagan's Economic Policies Put Millions of Americans out of Work

When he took office in 1981, unemployment was at 7.5% and dropping. A few months after his economic policies took effect, unemployment began to rise again. Millions of people continued to lose their jobs for the next two years until unemployment exceeded 10%. It stayed above 10% for nearly a year, peaking at 10.8%. Three years after he was elected, unemployment was still higher than when he was sworn in.

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo, 1976.
Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo, 1976.

18. Reagan’s Policies Allowed Hundreds of Thousands of Family Farms to Go out of Business or Declare Bankruptcy

By some accounts, nearly one third of all farms were at risk of being foreclosed during the 1980s. Reagan vetoed a farm credit bill that would have given farmers some relief. His popularity among farmers dropped so low that at one point when discussing the exportation of grain to other countries, Reagan joked that he would like to “keep the grain and export the farmers."

19. Reagan’s Financial Policies Caused the Savings and Loan Industry to Collapse

The financial deregulation and changes to the tax code that President Reagan enacted ultimately caused nearly 750 different financial institutions to fail. This cost taxpayers about $150 billion.

20. Reagan Robbed the Social Security Trust Fund to Pay for His Budget Shortfalls

After Reagan cut taxes for the rich, the tax revenue to fund the government was so small that the budget deficit grew to four times what it had been under Jimmy Carter. So Reagan “borrowed” hundreds of billions of dollars from the Social Security trust fund to pay the country’s bills. That money has never been paid back.

21. Reagan Largely Ignored the AIDS Epidemic while Tens of Thousands of People Were Dying of the Disease

Many conservatives in the 1980s believed that AIDS was God’s punishment for being gay. Ronald Reagan did not publicly talk about AIDS until the 6th year of his presidency. In 1986, when AIDS fatalities were doubling every year, Reagan proposed cuts in funding for AIDS research.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 4 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      So now when Trump refuses to obey the US's rule of law, he is a "victim" of a conspiracy? When Trump and his lawyers insult Obama, Hillary, John Brennan and call the FBI a "deep state" and taxpayers do not agree...well there ya go! It's BIAS!!!

      How dare anyone EVER disagree with Czar Trump. What next? US assassinations like those in England?

      Every one of nearly a dozen former Russian diplomats tied to Berenovsky, whom Putin refers to as "traitors" because they won't obey him, are either dead, poisoned or in grave jeopardy of being so.

      Now, compare that to Trump and his use of legal threats to silence 2 ex wives, his lover Stormy Daniels and now it comes out that Trump has forced Civil Service employees to sign Non Disclosure Agreements under threat of drowning them in lawsuits even after they leave their jobs.

      How illegal does it get before moron Trump supporters stop making him a "victim?" If he is a victim, Manson must have been incarcerated and imprisoned for life for his innocence.

      Trump knows full well how easy it is to read from Putin's script. After all, Putin has it all on audio or phone so Trump doesn't need to strain that feeble brain to "read."

      Trump is also now trying to use his moron supporters to BE the rule of law. On our tax dollars? These are lazy bums who have gotten all to used to sitting on their butts mouthing off ALL day at others while they live large on our tax dollars.

      We've already seen how Stinky Zinke, Minutiae Mnuchin and Prune boy Pruitt are spending millions to travel like royalty on our tax dollars.

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      Rita 5 weeks ago

      Great job.

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      Chris 7 weeks ago

      I'm 38 years old I can tell you Trump is stupider(yes thats not a word I did that on purpose) then stupid. Trump is just as bad as Reagan maybe worse. The reason why is because Trump is on social media all the time he says some of the stupidest things and most of the time they are false. It just makes him look so stupid. Back when Reagan was president he didn't have that outlet. We still got a small dose of it though. I don't like either of them to be honest. Reagan might have been more intelligent. He had the ability to talk himself out of things and people liked him because he was able to do that. I don't think they like trump very much.

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      Jack Lee 7 weeks ago from Yorktown NY

      Elenore, I am not a lawyer but common sense tells me both party engage in this practice going back 100 years. To debate the degree that it happens is moot. I would say the ideal is to remove all district and start afresh. Lets draw up new district lines based on geography and population. Would you support that?

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      Ara Vahanian 7 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      One thing that I will say about Reagan which deserves discussion is that at least he knew that we could not trust the government of the country formerly known as the USSR, that I can say. I will also agree that there have been bad presidents in both parties.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 7 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Jack Lee...Your attempts to play down "extreme gerrymandering" makes it appear you are okay with deleting voters from voting records when they are still eligible to vote. Can we do that to YOUR voting registration too?

      The Supreme Court is hearing the Gill v. Whitlock case on extreme gerrymandering in TX, VA, PA and NC.

      You can insist all you like about both parties gerrymandering. But, the evidence that ONLY in Republican states like WI did over 4,000 votes go untallied and all of them were in DEM voting districts overseen by Republicans.

      Sometimes, when you want to prove manhood, you don't hide behind distortions. No Dem voting district map has EVER overlapped GOP voters into Dem districts.

      I can almost hear what your post would be like if that EVER happened. There is gerrymandering and then, there is the kind of "extreme gerrymandering" the SC is now calling "unconstitutional."

      Or, are you also saying the SC ruling in PA and NC isn't valid? Can you provide us with records of YOUR legal expertise?

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      Jack Lee 8 weeks ago from Yorktown NY

      Gerrymandering goes on on both parties and goes back 100 years...to blame it only on Republicans is sad and untruth.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 8 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      The very fact that the Supreme Court is now hearing the Gill v Whitlock case for "extreme gerrymandering" that has occurred ONLY in Republican states is a huge indictment of how the Republican Party rigs elections:

      . North Carolina deleted several Dem voting districts that was composed of largely minority voters.

      . PA tried to delete thousands of voters from the rolls without bothering to check if they were still actively voting.

      . Virginia tried to overlap some Dem voting districts into Republican districts, claiming the number of Dem voters in the Dem districts were "too small"

      . TX tried to use bogus voter ID laws that got that state into trouble when it refused to allow voters with IDs same day registration, when it had done so in Republican voting districts.

      When you delete voting districts and overlap them into Republican districts, the tally of Republican voters increases the number of electors these GOP states are allowed to claim based on total voter registrations and population.

      To prove that this extreme gerrymandering is causing huge inequities, the Supreme Court threw out the claims of these states to defend their right to pull off stunts they know is nothing more than an attempt to stop minorities from voting, increase electors in Republican ONLY voting districts and deny the right to vote. ALL of which the Supreme Court declared "unconstitutional."

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      Lovemychris 8 weeks ago

      Actually, dems got more votes than republicans, but gerrymandering gave republicans the seats. It has been this way since “jobs” “jobs” “jobs” scam got them elected in 2010. Also the birth of the Tea Party lunatic fringe.

      Oh, and your first sentence REALLY applies to you. You just don’t admit it.

      This whole political scene since 2000 has been a big bully show of hatred, bigotry and unbending prejudice.

      And Iraq invasion was sadism. Abu gahrib, Guantanamo.....sadism.

      Then there was 9/11.

      Bush and Cheney got to testify together, and not under oath.

      Now we are back to sadism again....ElTrumpo loves to hurt.

      Painful to wake up each day.

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      Jack Lee 8 weeks ago from Yorktown NY

      Your bias continue to cloud your judgement. Republican are bad and democrats are good...

      If that was true, why did Obama lost the house and senate majority in mid term and after his 2nd term lost the Presidency to GOP?

      If you could answer that question clearly and fair minded, you will realize your statement is false.

      There are good and bad presidents on both parties and Reagan was a great President and Obama is not.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 8 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      I almost always laugh when the Republicans and right wing automatically gush over the scraps their Republican Presidents manage to do in their term of office.

      Yet, history proves otherwise. Since Republican President Warren Harding, every GOP president has had a 2nd term recession except GHWB and only because he never was re-elected.

      The fact that during Obama's 8 years, McConMan stated in March 2009, "We will make Obama a one term president."

      And later said he would refuse to allow the Republican controlled senate to approve any of Obama's policies only shows that the geezers of the GOP, mostly all white males, like Grassley, Gohmert, Cornyn and the rest of the hick culture bossy overbearing loonies whose only ideal is a return to the pre-Civil War days.

      Not a single one of Reagan's policies belong autonomously to Reagan. His big salvo was "Mr. Gorbachew...Tear down that wall." Big Deal. And even that was Bush inspired.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 2 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      It isn't possible to blame a lot of Reagan's actions solely on Reagan. People in California knew he was already in the first stages of Alzheimers disease.

      Anyone who has a relative or friend with Alzheimers would tell you it doesn't happen in one day. It takes years before it is apparent and by then, the signs of the disease are already quite pronounced.

      As for the most popular U.S. President, that would require further definition. By most popular, is "popular" an indication of social popularity among voters? Or is it "popular" as in "The most influential."

      Then, as a subset of the "most influential," further definition is required:

      . Influential over all?

      . Influential over the economy?

      . Influential over foreign affairs?

      . Influential over domestic policies?

      . Influential over Law Enforcement?

      Certainly, Washington, an immensely "popular" first president was chosen by the first colonists for his contribution to the Revolutionary War. Just as Abraham Lincoln is credited for the Emancipation Proclaimation and freeing the slaves.

      From there, it may be said that FDR was "popular" for 3 terms of office in which his accomplishments to this day are credited for being No. 3 in WWII leaders, the Good Neighbor Policy in Latin America, his response to Hoover's Great Depression which led to FDR putting 11 million people back to work and secured the right of the people to be protected from Wall Street speculators who drained every dime of their savings by creating the Social Security INSURANCE Act.

      JFK of course is remembered for his quick response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, creating the Peace Corp and starting the Medicare program to ensure seniors of low income or living in poverty would have medical care.

      Since Warren Harding, Republican Presidents have all had a recession in their 2nd terms except George HW Bush. He was not re-elected due to the revelations of his involvements in the Reagan Adminstrations Iran Arms deal.

      Most Americans hoped "No Child Left Behind," would help but once the CEOs of corporations were allowed by GWB to stick their noses into every school in the U.S. the cost of NCLB grew to epic proportions and didn't help when the Sept. 2008 Financial Meltdown took place.

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      Jack Lee 2 months ago from Yorktown NY

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 2 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Some men in the US never learn they are not Masters of the Universe and that women in the US are fed up with their bossy, overbearing, Knows ALL attitudes.

      As for Reagan, he delayed the release of the hostages. That is a documented fact some very moronic, bullheaded men refuse to admit.

      Jimmy Carter was first to correct Reagan taking credit for the hostage release that Carter was first to do.

      And let's pretend that there isn't also documentation that Reagan sent GHWB to Iran to work out an arms deal.

      Just because some guys run for the "denial card" doesn't make their denials fact. We see that every day with the current Republican in the White House.

      It just isn't possible to compare Reagan to Slumbucket Trump. For me, the biggest laugh is how the least financially savvy are jumping for joy, thrilled to the bone with the scraps that so called tax reform gives them for 1 year while the Trump Grifters get $2 billion a year for the rest of their lives. Hopefully, their will be very short lives so the rest of us are not saddled with more Trump debt.

      The Republicans KNEW Reagan had Alzheimers. That's why they allowed him to run. Just like they chose GWB to run. Check the long term relationship Cheney and GHWB had when they served in the Nixon and Reagan administrations.

      Don't bother to deny. Denials do not a fact or truth make.

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      jeff61b 2 months ago

      Brad –

      Not that it matters but once again you have almost all your facts wrong.

      The Fast and Furious program did not supply anyone with weapons. It simply monitored the sale of guns to straw purchasers who were suspected of being illegal gun runners. It may have been a flawed program, but it didn’t give any weapons to our enemies.

      President Obama did not give billions to Iran. He froze Iran’s assets in the US to force them to come to the bargaining table to give up their nuclear program. Once the treaty was signed, he released those frozen assets as a condition of the treaty.

      Thanks to President Obama, Iran also gave up over 90% of their enriched uranium and most of their centrifuges.

      And the claim that Obama spied on Trump has long been disproved. Trump himself has never offered a shred of evidence to support it.

      It's not Obama's fault that Trump hired a lot of people like Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn who were being investigated for their many, many ties to Russia - which they lied under oath about in order to conceal.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Bogue

      Basically the same meaning as Bogus.

      Unreal/A lie/Incorrect/A fluke/An unlikely event.

      Brad,

      Your comparison is bogue.

      Jack, I see that you are keeping up your vocabulary by using the Urban Dictionary. I learned a new word today. But, I don't see how it applies to what I said.

      b:

      I only said what he did that was bad, I didn't say that he didn't have good things like ending the cold war.

      His VP GHW Bush was a corrupt VP, and even more corrupt President, along with his son.

      But no recent president was a bad as president Barack Obama, or any recent person as bad as ex president Barrack Obama.

      Jack, I only like Trump, I don't have to apologize for presidents of either party. I have written many times on how it took two political parties and their loyal party voters to take down the US. Trump is neither side of the democrat or republican coin. He has his own coin.

      The bottom line is Reagan build up our military and made us strong and lead to peace and rhe end of the cold war...

      While Obama decimated our military where we are not able to fight wars on two fronts...

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 2 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      As a Republican woman from 1966 until 2004, I never really considered Reagan "bad." It was those he allowed himself to be surrounded by who were back room thugs.

      Reagan's son, Ronald, was gay. That's why Reagan had no choice but to remain silent about AIDS.

      But, make no mistake that GHWB, former Nixon CIA chief didn't get Reagan's medical records prior to allowing him to run on the GOP ticket.

      As Governor of CA, Reagan was already in the first stages of Alzheimers. The GOP knew that. It was the start of a long run of GOP white male bullies operating from the back room. GHWB had far more experience being part of the Nixon administration. It was GHWB who masterminded the arms sale to Iran. Not Reagan. Reagan did what Trump is doing now...being used by the GOP to sign off on bogus executive orders ONLY the GOP back room power boys want.

      No need for denials. 33 years as a Republican female is education enough to know the "trends" used by the bully Republican males.

      When Charles and David Koch established the Tea Party and Americans for Prosperity, I soon discovered via the GOP these Tea Party flunkies were NOT Republicans at all but Libertarians. That explains the Ayn Rand attitude of Issa, Ryan, Priebus, Cantor and others who fantasized about changing the US government into their personalized Libertarian enclave.

      If you've never been to a Libertarian meeting and I have, do yourselves a favor. It's like listening to something out of Nazi Germany. I lasted all of 15 minutes in that Libertarian meeting before I realize the only other 2 women in the room didn't dare open their mouths because they were wives of Libertarians. Sure does explain the attitude of the GOP bullies now doesn't it?

      Ronald Reagan was coerced by GHWB to take credit for the release of the hostages. If you read the book, "Safe for Democracy" Secret Wars of the CIA by Pulitizer Prize winner, John Prados, you see the actual timeline of how President Carter, NOT President Reagan, was first to try to release the hostages. You will read how Reagan and the GOP chose to delay the hostages release until AFTER Reagan was sworn in to make it appear Reagan and NOT Carter was the president who effected the release of the hostages.

      You learn nothing about Ronald Reagan unless you are willing to read his history by several authors.

      By the time GWB became president, I also felt sorry for him. It was Cheney who needed a known name because his own party wouldn't put him out there for a presidential run. So the GOP threw Cheney a bone and let him be a back room president to GWB. And that ended with the worst recession since the Great Depression, also in another Republican's (Hoover) 2nd term and a financial meltdown in Sept. 2008 that had an international ripple effect.

      Now we have another GOP thug ready to pile on the debt. Already Wall Streeters are freaking out because they are concerned that with such massive US debt and a White House occupant notorious for NOT paying his own personal bills, their investments will take a turn for the worst. Who invests in a country with a leader who says, "I'm the King of Debt. I love debt."

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      Jack Lee 2 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Brad,

      Your comparison is bogue.

      The bottom line is Reagan build up our military and made us strong and lead to peace and rhe end of the cold war...

      While Obama decimated our military where we are not able to fight wars on two fronts...

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Jeff

      Now that may be true, but is that any different than president Obama.

      1. Reagan Supplied Weapons to America's Enemies

      B: Obama supplied weapons with fast and furious.

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      He armed Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war despite the fact that it was widely known Iraq was using chemical weapons against civilian populations in violation of international law.

      B: President Obama gave Billions to Iran, and then they could buy Uranium.

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      2. Reagan Ignored the Atrocities Committed by Saddam Hussein

      B: President Obama didn't really help the Ukraine, and he armed the terrorists in Syria.

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      Even after the whole world condemned Saddam Hussein for using chemical weapons to kill over 5,000 Kurdish civilians in Iraq, the Reagan administration continued to provide weapons and tactical information to Iraq. Iraq used this information to target its enemies with chemical weapons. Reagan even vetoed a UN resolution condemning Iraq.

      B: President Obama -- Fast and Furious.

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      3. Reagan Illegally Supplied Arms to Both Sides of the Iran-Iraq War

      While he was supplying Iraq with weapons, Reagan also armed Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in direct violation of a U.S. law that he had signed.

      B: Kind of like president Obama.

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      4. Reagan Caved in to the Demands of Terrorists

      B: President Obama did that in Iran

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      After several Americans were taken hostage by terrorists in Lebanon, Reagan provided weapons to Iran in exchange for their release. Despite this concession, ultimately more hostages were taken.

      Memorial to 241 Marines, soldiers, and sailors killed in the October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.

      Memorial to 241 Marines, soldiers, and sailors killed in the October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.

      B: This is getting monotonous. Obama Iran.

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      5. Reagan Caved in to the Demands of Terrorists Again

      After Reagan sent Marines to Beirut for a peacekeeping mission, a terrorist’s truck bomb killed 241 U.S. Marines. Reagan responded by immediately doing exactly what the terrorists wanted, pulling all the troops out of Beirut.

      B:

      ISIL was created when president Obama took the troops out of Iraq.

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      6. Reagan Was Weak in the War on Terrorism

      B: president Obama is terrorism.

      Benghazi for example, taking out the leader and government of Libya.

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      After the bombing of the US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Reagan promised to track down and punish the terrorists who committed that horrible act. He never followed up on that promise.

      B: neither did president GW Bush 911, Bill Clinton WTC bombing 1993, but I don't think he even promised to get OBL. He had gotten OBL, maybe we wouldn't have had a 911, Iraq, or Afghanistan.

      President Obama was going to teach Putin a lesson for influencing our election. Instead he illegally spied on Trump and his team.

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      :)

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      AGC 2 months ago

      he was a bad person

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      Brenden 3 months ago

      A Liberal probably wrote this, You don't think maybe Nixon was a bad president, George W. Bush, Andrew Jackson. There are plenty of bad presidents but you extort the truth, You use Ronald's Cabinet as some sort of crime that he committed, You use Afghanistan against him when is intentions were clearly good, And you Use his own law against him when again his intention were clearly good, and used Grenada against him when bombing them helped us against the war against communism. And terrorism will always be a problem,We took Al Qaeda out and then Isis came along i don't hear you pissing on Obama for calling in airstrikes on innocent villages you democrats will approach it in a friendly manner such as he did and kiss the boot of whatever terrorist organization that will take us over. In fact Reagan is one of the best presidents and even though he fucked up somewhat we might as well be a bunch of commies if not for him.

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      Grover Syck 4 months ago

      And now Trump is using Reagan as a model for his atrocities against the American people and the world. He will have "results" 100 times worse than Reagan.

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      Annie 5 months ago

      Nikki Khan, there must be two sides to every story. Ronald Reagan was not the patron saint of everything bad as was portrayed by the author who shows intolerance and liberal bias whenever he can. I just ask you to consider that to every statement, there are TWO sides

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      Nikki Khan 5 months ago from London

      Very informative,thanks for sharing,got to know a lot about Ronald Reagan.These all reasons prove, he was a terrible President.

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      watergeek 5 months ago from Pasadena CA

      @Jack Lee - Do you know how to make comments without mocking others? I've gotten to where I skip over what you say, because I know you won't offer much substance to the conversation -- just sarcasm that half the time misrepresents what the commenter said.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 5 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Some men in the US just play at being the only ones with ALL the answers. Okay, let's pretend for a minute you do.

      What is the answer for the reason it always is GOP men in the news because they have "zipper" trouble? First it was the Congressional pages used as sex toys by a Republican cigar chomping moron. Then it was the VA politician with the Venezuelan mistress whom he impregnated. Next, it was Hastert, the pedophile. Now it's Sheriff Shoot Em Up.

      Got an answer for these without mentioning Hillary or Bill Clinton or Obama for comparison? You'd have to live another 100 years to make that kind of comparison stick.

      The problem in the White House are white males who thought for just one point in US history they would turn us all back to the good ole plantation days. Wouldn't that moron Gowdy, Grassley, Prissy Pants Graham or McCONman love to turn the clock back and repeal and replace the Civil Rights Act too like they are desperate to do with all other laws passed by Dems?

      A 14 year old girl is just that...a young girl who isn't mature enough to manage adult male sexual proclivities.

      As for Republicans and evil, when a Moore supporter okays pedophilia by using Saint Joseph "an older man" and Mary, "a teenager" as their excuse for lack of self control, what else to you call Republicans but EVIL?

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      Cape Wind Girl 5 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Republicans in the white house always set our country back. This time it's like we'll need a whole do-over.

      I mean.....in 2017, a guy for senate who says muslims cant serve in gvt and gay activity is a crime.

      (of course, fondling a 14 yr old is well.....my perogative!!)

      Trump insults former usa presidents while praising Putin and China......

      know why?? China gave him 18 billion. Russian mob bailed him out....he's bought and sold...and now makes decisions on our behalf....

      What could go wrong? lol!!

      I'm counting the days till this bunch is thrown out on their keesters. The good ones are getting out while they can...while they still have a shred of dignity left.

      And McCain is once again my hero. Maverick is back!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 months ago from Corona, California.

      She is only a symbol of the problem with the dems/libs.

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      Jack Lee 5 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Wow, what a distorted view of history...

      So, in your mind, GOP is evil, and Democrats are saints...

      Your bias is off the charts...you are the problem and don't see any path to solutions. Whatever you are watching - stop. You are being brainwashed.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 5 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      The reality of the Republican Party is that the inner core of dominators do not want a president in the White House who might take things into his own hands. Trump only "thinks" he is doing all the controlling. But, what he is too dumb to realize is that at any time, the GOP when they are done using him, can turn tail and force him out if they so choose, being the only voice now in government.

      Reagan was chosen as the antidote to Nixon. Nixon as we all know was a man who made all his own decisions. When that resulted in the HUGE scandal, WaterGate, never again would the back room GOP allow any president to do as he pleases. That's why they chose GHWB. He was Nixon's CIA chief and a Reagan pick they knew was malleable and could march to their tune. This is also true of GWB. He was nothing more than a front man for Cheney.

      But, the GOP knew Cheney could be a potential problem like Nixon. When Cheney asked to be a front runner in 1994, the GOP declined. But, Cheney had lots of friends in high places the GOP needed to fill campaign coffers.

      So they allowed Cheney to be VP under GWB and to be their go between on government decisions.

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      jeff61c 5 months ago

      B, you are stupid! 9 out of 20 of these facts were on the Iraq crisis, which proves he didn't do very many things wrong. You say that we lost 18 million jobs yet our economy went up by 23 percent in earnings during his presidency. Therefore, you have 11 facts worth truly mentioning.

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      aerwfg 5 months ago

      Ronald Reagen is Kim Jong-Un

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      Maureen Chamberlin 6 months ago

      I remember all the atrosicties of Regan but republicans still think he was great!??? He had dementia and truly not capable of being a President he should of stuck with acting! His own children Ron and Patty with did not agree with his policies either. That should say it all!!!!

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      Jin 6 months ago

      He was the last good president

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      watergeek 7 months ago from Pasadena CA

      This one. Let's have the economic facts, ma'am.

      https://mises.org/library/myths-reaganomics

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      Ara Vahanian 7 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I'd actually like to make a correction for point #5 so that the author of this Hub knows: Reagan actually sent Marines to Lebanon to prop up a government there at the time, even though the official word is that he sent peacekeeping troops there that is false. And then Hezbollah with the help of Iran set off those two powerful truck bombs. The US lost 241 Marines when it should not have.

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      Jack Lee 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

      SDM, so what policies would that be? It was not just writing speeches. He had a vision and policies to implement those visions. Not many presidents had that skill, including the last few. It is funny how so many native Americans on the left just don't get it, while people in the former soviet union does. ???

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      SDM 7 months ago

      Good. So Reagan could write a compelling speech. He was a great speechifier. That doesn't mean anything when it comes to his disastrous presidency.

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      watergeek 7 months ago from Pasadena CA

      Interesting. I'll have to check out those speeches sometime. Because I didn't like Reagan and hated his economic policies (which resulted in the huge income disparity gap we have now) I never took the time to visit his library. I would like to see the speeches though.

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      Jack Lee 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Watergeek, I would have to disagree. Regardless what you thought of Reagan's health or state of mind, he was the man behind the policies which lead to the downfall of the Soviet empire and also getting us the star wars defense missiles system... he was not just reading his lines as some people claimed. He wrote most of his speeches long hand. I saw them in person when I visited the Reagan library...

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      watergeek 7 months ago from Pasadena CA

      Guys - I accidentally deleted the comment I just made, saying that I met Reagan during his first term and agree that he was showing signs of Alzheimers. Sigh.

      What I'm saying, Jack Lee, is that Reagan was a public relations front man. I doubt he played a real role, other than being in front of the press with the other leaders, in the USSR breakup. I've always had the sense that Gorbachev was a little more of a statesman than most former USSR leaders, and that he had the courage to engineer the breakup himself. The USSR was falling apart, going bankrupt, and he needed to do something drastic to keep a sense of power and integrity. That's why it ticked me off that Reagan et. al. tried to grab all the credit for the U.S. We are not the only good leaders in the world.

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      Jack Lee 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Watergeek, I will take you at your word since you met the man.

      Would you think the soviet empire would collapse if it wasn't for Reagan and Thatcher and Pope Hpjohn Paul II ?

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      Cape Wind Girl 7 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I agree with eleanor. And who was running the show? Hw bush, whom reagan apparently didn't like. First as director of cia. Then veep. And by his side was colin powell, carrying out the dictates just as he had to lie about wmd for w.

      And im sure we've all heard the quote supposedly from hw to mary mcllelan (? reporter in Washington) where he said "if americans knew what we have done, they would hang us by the lamp-posts"

      Same reporter who gave refuge to kay griggs when she was being threatened by the military industrial complex.

      Then we had iran/contra, franklin cover-up, gulf war.....seems like another lifetime.

      But yes. Reagan was the beginning of the end of the usa. Trickle -up has been an absolute abomination.

      And dems like tim ryan who want to vote with repubs on this: change parties!

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      Jack Lee 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Eleanore, with all due respoect, that is a total fiction with regard to Reagan. His first term was dealing with the resession brought on by Jimmy Carter. Inflation rate at double digits. His economic policies is what got us back on a track of growth. The unemployment rate dropped steadily in his second term. His policies lead to the greatest economic boom in modern times. He was not daignosed with Altzheimers until way after he left office.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 7 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      I believe I formed an opinion of Ronald Reagan as a child in the 50s when he appeared on General Electric Theater on CBS. When he became Governor of California, I felt that was the decision of Hollywood rather than the entire state.

      It's important to remember that in the 50s and 60s, celebrity played a huge role in influencing who would run for president. JFK's ties go back to his father's fling with then Actress Gloria Swanson. Even Nixon did his bit to court celebrities of a fashion, albeit more in the Ed Sullivan conservative style.

      By the time Reagan became president of the U.S., I believed the stage was already set by Republicans to choose ONLY men who could follow the back room GOP's dictates. No longer would Republicans allow any president to be as autonomous as Nixon had been. WaterGate was too too much a sore on Republicans minds.

      This is the reason why Dick Cheney was not given the GOP nomination to run when he requested it in 1994. Seems strange now to think that Cheney's decision to run would be affected by his role as chief advisor to Nixon.

      I believe I began to be aware of Reagan's mental deterioration when whispers of it came from relatives living in CA when he was governor.

      Since GHWB had been Nixon's head of the CIA, the GOP knew Reagan's medical history when they decided to allow Reagan to run for president.

      He was the perfect candidate even though he was already in Stage Two of Alzheimers disease. He was malleable, pliable and took back room GOP orders without complaints.

      For anyone to believe Reagan's second term was not run by his back room GOP cabient is to also refuse to admit GWB was a front man for Cheney from 2000 to 2008.

      Personally, my recollection of Reagan's second term was when I worked as a personnel tech recruiter and jobs were barely there in the late 70s and people were out of work in droves. This is proven by the number of DOL reports during the Reagan years.

      To fault Reagan, rather than his back room masters of the universe is to blame someone who was already too ill to make decisions.

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      Remember 9 months ago

      His great strength was his charisma.

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      Angel Guzman 9 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      He also went after unions even though he held a prominent leadership role in a union years prior.

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      jeff61b 10 months ago

      Dan,

      It is difficult to reach any other conclusion than Reagan was trying to draw attention away from Beruit.

      The American college students in Granada were not being threatened nor were they in any imminent danger until Reagan sent in the troops.

      There was no urgent need to invade Grenada at that time.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Dan, as a progressive, what is your current opinion of President Reagan? ...given some of the history of the presidents since Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and Trump...

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      Dan 10 months ago

      There is one claim that may be suspect here, number 9. Here, it is suggested that Reagan started the war in Grenada as a result of failing after the Beirut bombing. However, there were around 600 medical students there and there had been a long-time concern that the now active soviet-cuban government could launch newer aircraft with weapons. Reagan decided to make a move partly based on this concern which may be independent of the bombing the occurred in Beruit.

      As a Progressive, I did not vote for Reagan.

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      Bob Klahn 10 months ago

      You got number 20 wrong. He did not borrow money from the Social Security trust fund to cover up his deficits, ALL money in the trust fund is automatically invested in Federal Treasury bills, and have been since Social Security was set up. There was no difference in the operation in that area. No, it wasn't paid back, but it will be when Social Security pays out more than the tax brings in, if that hasn't happened already.

      What Reagan did do was increase social security taxes, which did cover some of his deficits. It was a nice try, but didn't stand a chance after his tax cuts and spending increases.

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      Cape Wind Girl 11 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      oh you're welcome! there is no need to insult you because you have a different view! insult public figures, not each other! and i agree w you about reagan.

      as is my right.

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      Ara Vahanian 11 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Yes Dear: thank you very much for your support of me! I find it hard not to laugh whenever some people say things that are totally absurd. I was only stating how I thought and still think of Reagan. What is shameful is the constant idolizing of a man that had NO idea how in the heck to run the US. I have studied American history and went to school in the US. I know what is going on here. Some people just assume you are dishonest even if you are telling the truth. Thanks for your support.

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      Cape Wind Girl 11 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      you are not allowed to call him shameful and dishonest because he doesnt like reagan, are you? what is it with the right? insult, insult, insult all day long. just like your prez.

      and fyi: reagan was beloved by those who liked him. plenty did not, including myself. this lionizing of him only applies to his fans.

      some of us see him as the beginning of the end of america.

      trickle down, voodoo economics and saudi love.

      his policies lead to where we are now.

      with Ronnie junior (trump) in the wings preaching more stale old policies of tax cuts for the rich. starve the gvt, more profits for corporate nwo.

      BOOOOO

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Do you understand how hubpages work? People can write about whatever subject they choose, and others are free to comment and debate and make their case. The reason I commented here is to counter your points. Your intolerance of my comment is more of an expose of who you are...my facts are clear.

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      Ara Vahanian 11 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Jack Lee: I still stand by what I said. If you don't like it you don't have to comment on the article. Ronald Reagan was a piece of garbage as President and a piece of garbage as a human being as well. This was the same man who did absolutely NOTHING to address the AIDS crisis during his Presidency when people were tragically dying from the disease. It does not matter how many Americans liked the guy. That doesn't make him look good. I was just stating what I thought about the man. If you don't like it no one is forcing you to comment on the article and please be more respectful and just stick to debating the ideas here. Let's agree to disagree politely please.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ara, a former actor who was also elected Governor of California, the biggest State. He was beloved by the American public and given an honorable sendoff. He was re-elected by a 49-1 majority.

      Your dishonesty about this great man is shameful.

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      Ara Vahanian 11 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      This is what happens when a country elects a former actor for a President! Some people may not like this but there is no way that a former movie star would know how to govern a country as large and as complex as the United States. Let's even take a look at what happened when California elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as a governor. Did he make California better? Of course not. I would even go so far to say that Reagan was a worse president than George W. Bush and that's really saying something. Reagan should be ranked as one of those bottom feeders when it comes to American Presidents. As long as Americans continue to be fascinated by celebrities and be of the low information voter types, events like this will happen. Thank you to the person who wrote this article and I hope that this can circulate around the country so that maybe, maybe Americans can start to wake up little bit.

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      Cape Wind Girl 12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      +100

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      Tom 12 months ago

      Someone needs to write a book titled Reagan: The Worst President In US History. In addition to your points: (1) He broke the labor movement by the way he handled the air traffic controllers strike (2) His tax policies set in motion the grotesque income inequality we see today (3) He created homelessness by turning the mentally ill out onto the streets and ending support for mental health programs---before Reagan there were very few people on the streets (4) He set back the move to renewal energy by decades, undoing every conservation and renewal energy program Carter had put in place (most infamously declaring SUVs as trucks so they didn't have to meet the MPG standards of cars--kind of like calling ketchup a vegetable)--therefore he owns a lot of blame for current environmental conditions (5) His efforts to undermine the Soviet Union, which were supposed to be one of his great triumphs, haven't exactly turned out that way, have they? (6) He missed the golden opportunity to get rid of nuclear weapons forever by insisting on holding on to ineffectual Star Wars technology (probably because of the corporate welfare involved) (7) He created a POV that individualism is more American than communalism and that the private sector is always better than government.

      These are both grotesquely false points of view and are directly responsible for a lot of the greed, corruption, cynicism, and isolation in America today. (9) He gave us trickle-down and supply-side economics, which didn't work then, and didn't work under Bush, and will once again not work under Trump (but because the sainted Reagan with his mythical economic boom that few enjoyed used these tactics, they've become zombies that can't be killed). I could go on and on and on--the reality is that almost every problem we have in this country today you can trace back to the Reagan years. He did one good thing, which is raise the spirits of the American people--he was sunny (though in reality cold), folksy, he made people feel good. But his policies, which, for the most part he had little to do with, because he was already suffering from Alzheimers when he was elected, turned this country into the divided, mean-spirited, despairing nation it is so often today.

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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      Reagan apparently supported the use of nerve gas by Iraq against Iran, according to CIA reports recently released (via the Freedom of Information Act). When pundits add these facts to what they already know, it reveals a really ugly story.

      http://www.newsweek.com/how-us-nerve-gassed-its-ow...

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      Cape Wind Girl 12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      we didn't use to. i heard a comment yesterday that at one point, america took in half of all refugeed world-wide!

      our closed-door policy now is the result of one man: donald j trump, and whichever mercer-funded s for brains hes installed in the white house.

      he does not speak for most americans. thats a fact.

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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      Anyone wonder where immigrants come from? Most are refugees fleeing from violence in their own countries. For quite some time now the United States has been a leading perpetrator of that violence. Not only does bombing kill people, but it also kills the soil that used to grow food and poisons water that used to be drinkable. How can we do this to other countries and then shut our doors to their hungry and hurting?

      http://www.workers.org/2015/09/08/u-s-wars-caused-...

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      Cape Wind Girl 12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      and you sound like every other right winger out there.

      ive said for years...we are in parallel universes.

      good thing for you, your leaders have stolen all the power.

      everything you believe will be law of the land. just like 2000-2006.

      everyone else just dont matter.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      You fell for all the talking points.

      1. A wall does work, ask all who have build it...Israel, Saudia Arabia, Korea...

      2. We don't need illegals, doing jobs Americans won't do.

      How did America survive for 200 years without illegals?

      The 93 Million Americans out of work will pick up the slack...

      3. American people support it, that is why Trump was elected...

      Keep spinning about immigration as if it is the same as illegal imigration. They are two different animals.

      Finally, illegals contribute to our economy... wrong, they use more resources in terms of jail, medical, schools and welfare...than they pay into system...

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      Cape Wind Girl 12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      we dont need a gd wall, and most americans are against it.

      teachable moment for you:

      experts in terrorism say this wont stop terrorists.

      immigration has been decreasing.

      shut down people who hire illegals problem solved.

      wont work, know why?

      America needs illegals.

      too many rely on them. wont DO that work for that pay.

      better idea is work permit or path to citizenship.

      stop terror? stop saying radical islamic jihad.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      lovemychris, what a teaching moment for you. there is a big difference between the Berlin wall and Trumps wall? do you know what that is?

      The Iron curtain was designed top keep people in the former East Germany...

      The Trump wall is designed to keep people out. People needs an invitation to come here as with every other sane country. There is an orderly legal immigration process.

      you have to pass medical tests...

      you have to have a reason...(join a relative)

      you have to have skills in the case of H1B1 visa...

      you are seeking political asylum...

      Thanks for a teachable moment.

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      Cape Wind Girl 12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      now we get an iron curtain of our own...

      and we shut our doors to the huddled masses.

      we are becoming east germany. stasi is next.

      all coming by reaganites!

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      watergeek,

      no need to speculate. Go lookup from the words of Gorbachov. He credits Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul II with the fall of the Soviet Union...

      It is funny how some will reject the truth. They could not give credit where credit is due. Reagan, by escalating the arms race, is what brought down the soviet empire. We had the resources and they tried to keep up and in the process bankrupt their country...

      A bit of trivia for you.

      Who brought down the iron curtain?

      Answer, Reagan. His quote "Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall..."

      He added the words to the speech which his advisors at the time thought it was too provacative. It took a real leader to lead.

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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      My take, also, David McKibben. I remember when it happened how angry I was at the arrogance of the U.S. to claim responsibility for the end of communism. Here's another, more realistic take on the events in the USSR, this time from the inside.

      https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-09-26/gorbachev-y...

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Greengeek, wow, your diatribe against Reagan is over the top even for a liberal.

      So it is the US fault under Reagan that caused the failure in Mexico which lead to all the illegal immigrants?

      It is that kind of anti- American rhetoric that gives liberals a bad name.

      Reagan was a man of peace. He build up our military and defeated Soviet Union without firing a shot.

      He restored our economy that was failing under Carter with double digit inflation...

      He created the largest economic boom by reducing government regulations that hurt the free enterprise system know as capitalism.

      He fired all traffic controllers and stood up to the unions that was holding America hostage will illegal strikes.

      He freed millions of people from communism in eastern Europe.

      You know nothing about Reagan and you criticize him for being a failed president. The real failure is the education system in America today where they don't even teach the Constitution...

      Your views of Reagan is in the minority. Most historians agree with me. He is revered as a great man. Your criticism shows your own bias and not reality.

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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      You don't see my "problem" because there isn't one. My first degree was at a very conservative college known for its business program. The second one was ten years later at a more liberal university, after I'd worked for both the most "liberal" and the most "conservative" of government agencies.

      I'm sure that Reagan did some things that were OK (unfortunately making us more dependent on fossil fuels), but he relied too much on an economic paradigm that doesn't work for anyone but the rich - that is, "trickle down". Money doesn't trickle down. It's like cream that rises to the top and stays there, and further enriching the rich just compounds the problem.

      The strength of the US economy has always been its innovation and diversity. So if one big industry starts declining, there are new ones that can take over and balance it out. Those few presidents who fostered the development of renewable energy were encouraging the growth of a new industry that has proven to be highly viable and is lessening our dependence on fossil fuels.

      Reagan was not one of them. Furthermore, because of his (and others) insistence on grabbing more oil from outside sources, he got us into wars we perhaps shouldn't have been involved in. After that we had excess guns we needed to sell. Guess where those went?

      NAFTA had several consequences Reagan had been warned about but ignored, one being that the cheap food we pumped into Mexico destroyed their local agricultural sector. Another being that the maquiladora plants that moved to Mexico along the Rio Grande cost Americans their factory jobs; and caused massive birth defects of Mexican workers' babies from dumping their chemicals into the river and local watershed. There were many more problems than this triggered by Reagan's policies, but this is not the venue to bring them all out.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      watergeek, I see your problem. You went to liberal college and learned all the left wing anti capitalism economic policies. You need to read some books on Reagan and his administration. His conservative policies saved us from the Carter hyper inflation and oil and gas shortages. I can't go into details but Reagan was a great President and the world/UN and American Left never gave him credit.

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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      Jack Lee - Reagan was hell on our economy. He dismantled all the safeguards that stopped big companies from taking over. He passed NAFTA, which was a disaster for us and Mexico both . . . again, except for the top layer of capitalists in both countries. He cut taxes for rich people, who were actually benefitting more from our country's infrastructure than the average person, but now had to pay less. And he used our taxes for wars (like nearly every president since), which also benefits the rich and hurts the poor.

      I've got stories about all this stuff. And I understand it, because I had to study economics (4 semesters) for my BA in business, then later got a masters in sustainable development. Plus the Peace Corps taught me a lot about how economics works. Have you ever read The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man? Good book.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Watergeek, what is it about Reagan you didn't like? By all means you should write a hub about Grenada. First hand information is always better than news or press releases.

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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      I didn't like Reagan at all, even after I met the guy. Where? In Grenada, West Indies, where I was a Peace Corps volunteer less than a year after the US invasion. And I am going to take issue here with your "facts" on Grenada. I looked it up while I was there, talked to a local lawyer supplying information to the CIA, read public documents of President Maurice Bishop's discussions with Castro. I wanted to discredit us sending soldiers there, but couldn't in the end.

      Contrary to your assertion, we did not go in to remove Cuban soldiers. We went in to remove the Marxist former vice president of Grenada, Bernard Coard, who had just assassinated Maurice Bishop and seven of his government ministers. The US put Coard in prison (he was still there when I was serving), set up a temporary US embassy (I knew many of them) and an interim Prime Minister (I met him too). A year later Grenada held elections and a local candidate was democratically elected.

      We did do Grenada a good turn, and several of its citizens thanked me as a representative American, while I was there. Some of the residual communists living in the hills even applied for loans from the micro-finance agency I helped set up.

      In writing this I'm realizing how much information I gathered that most people don't know, and now I'm wondering if I should write a hub on just that topic (lol).

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      Jack Lee 13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Even Gorbachov disagreed with you.-

      http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5148407/ns/us_news-the_l...

      Checkmate.

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      David McKibbin 13 months ago

      How about claiming credit for ending the cold war, when it was really Gorbachev who engineered the end of Russian communism. But most of all for convincing Republicans today that he was the best thing that ever happened to this country.

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      emily 14 months ago

      You should obey you own law

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      Richard Vert 14 months ago

      That was fun ! Do the Clinton one next ! And don't forget Chinagate where he sold the chinese our missile tech and much , much more for campaign money. Stealing the George Washington china the silverware , rented out the Lincoln bedroom for 4 mil . Of course travlegate , cattle futures , whitewater , sex scandals , lying to congress , the little "impeachment" issue , oh there's just so much

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      Eugene Braswell 14 months ago

      Do forget Reagan took billions away from the civil service fund that was taken out of our pay checks. Never paid back and even tried to force us in to ss. We paid almost twice as much as people paid in ssi. To put salt in the wound those who had worked in the public sector for 12 years had to take a "double dipper cut" in our ss retirement check. At the same bill he gave the top income earners a 3% tax cut. I had no sadness when he died. He is also the reason we can not buy cars from the makers. One of his cash supporters got that gift . I get a sick feeling when people call him great . He was a working mans nightmare.

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      Brubsy 14 months ago

      I want thank jeff61b for this accurate and very important list/analysis. Though Reagan wasn't all bad, he was ultimately a mediocre president who cynically favored corporations and multimillionaires over working people. With hindsight, we can see that his union-busting, trickle-down economic policies were ground zero for the destruction of the US middle class. The wealthiest 1 percent is richer than ever, yet precious little of their money “trickles down” to the working class in any substantial way.

      Unfortunately, many of Reagan’s economic theories are still being followed today, not because they’re popular, but rather because they’re supported and promoted by the aforementioned billionaires who bankroll our politicians. These tycoons have lots to lose if Reagan’s policies are ever questioned, challenged and/or replaced.

      I wish more working class conservatives would study and confront the unfortunate truth about Reagan. Maybe then they could climb out from the economic abyss they're in now. But sadly, many conservatives get their information from biased sources, including right-wing radio and Fox News. They’ve invested so much emotion into the Reagan Myth that it would hurt to admit that their hero plunged the middle class into debt and near-oblivion.

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      GA Loren 15 months ago

      Reagan may have been a bad President, but he was a pretty good actor. Unfortunately, his role as President sure didn't get any Acadamy Award nominations

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      William Murphy 15 months ago

      Reagan was a mouth piece for the rich and companies - remember they got the Lexus we got the muffler

      Came in as president with the US being the largest CREDITOR NATION and left 8 years later with US being the LARGEST DEBTOR NATION. He gave huge tax cuts to his mentors - companies and the 1%. Raised taxes on the middle class , crazy military build up and to cover his massive deficits raided the social security trust fund and stuck us with worthless IOUs.

      It's been down hill since this traitor was elected.

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      GA Loren 15 months ago

      Ronald Reagan may not have been a great President, but he was an outstanding actor. He should have got an Acadamy Award for his "role" playing himself as The President

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      GALoren 15 months ago

      I'm still trying to find out what Reagan did that benefitted our nation or citizens. He messed up Social Security, encouraged chemical warfare to be used against Iran, by Iraq and that's about it. Reagan was an actor, nothing more, nothing less. What's that you say? He got the "Wall" torn down? If walls are meant to be torn down, why is Trump building another one?

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      Frank 15 months ago

      We had a long economic expansion under Reagan, that was politically credited to him, somewhat inappropriately. The Republicans created the Reagan myth with what George Bush correctly claimed to be Voodoo Economics. i.e. That the Reagan tax cuts triggered the expansion. The Reagan tax cuts were paid for by deficit spending, which does not expand the economy like Republicans would have us believe. The Republican rhetoric was that when business pay less tax, they create job with the savings. But that is not what happened. What happened, was CEOs took the tax savings and gave themselves larger and larger salaries, while holding back on workers raises. Looking at the graph of productivity versus worker wages, will clearly show, that productivity continued to clime, but worker wages stagnated. Higher corporate taxes do not necessarily hurt the economy, but they do encourage putting more money back into the business in order to reduce those taxes.

      The expansion was created by Paul Volker, who was selected by Jimmy Carter after a long period of stagflation created by OPEC's radical cut in Oil production to countries who supported Israel, in 1994 and again in 1998. The inflationary period actually started in 1965 with the Vietnam spending.

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      Lincoln clay 16 months ago

      This is pretty cool, I listen to old school reggea and punk bands like bad brain's for the longest time they were saying the same thing.

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      Sharon Smith 17 months ago

      This was a good article and I agree ge was not this great president that the republicans claim him to be.

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      John 17 months ago

      I looked up the unemployment percentage through the website you provided. By the time Reagan left the White House, unemployment was almost down to 5%. The only time it was greater than when he got into office was his 2nd year after Reaganomics kicked in. Besides that, the rest is a bunch of half truths or the same terrible thing he did repeated in a different way. Instead of 21 terrible things he did, it should have been closer to 14 terrible things.

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      nicomp 17 months ago

      Wow, Sean, tell us what you really feel.

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      Sean 17 months ago

      Reagan was Traitor Trash............. Rotted POS.... Don't Forget The Iran Contra Affairs?????? Rethuglicans are The Worst

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      Greg Schweizer 18 months ago from Corona, California.

      Not enough of them.

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      Donald 18 months ago

      Reagan destroyed unions

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      nicomp really 20 months ago from Ohio, USA

      Jeff61b -- "Ronald Reagan vetoed a farm credit bill that would have given farmers some relief"

      That's a spending bill.

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      jeff61b 20 months ago

      nicomp -

      Nowhere in the article does it suggest he didn't spend enough money. He certainly could have set better priorities for how the money was spent.

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      nicomp really 20 months ago from Ohio, USA

      #16 opines Reagan spent too much money, #18 whines he didn't spend enough money.

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      CELEBSFAN78 20 months ago

      Now that I have taken the time to read this informative piece, let me offer my perspective on it. Yes you are right, Ronald Reagan was not a good president at all. In 1982, unemployment in the US was REAL bad. And secondly, Reagan claimed that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy. Absurd! And also I believe that the GOP has not had a proper president since Lincoln in the 1860's. Great article and informative. The average American should absolutely read this!

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      nicomp really 20 months ago from Ohio, USA

      #19 is side-splitting. I am laughing so hard I can hardly type. Reagan is somehow blamed for law passed by Congress? ROFL. He signed it, sure, but all the blame falls on him? Congress is innocent?

      Anyway, the law was passed because S&Ls weren't making any money. They were constrained by other laws also passed by other Congresses and signed by other Presidents. Interest rates were so high that other investment instruments were attracting customers that used to frequent Savings and Loans. So Congress tweaked the laws and allowed S&Ls more flexibility in what they did with their customers' money. Human nature being what it is, that flexibility was abused by the bankers. That caused the crisis.

      If we blame Reagan for the S&L crisis then we must blame Clinton for the Real Estate crisis. A little research goes a long way.

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      dale 20 months ago

      worst presidents in past 80 yrs? johnson, nixon, ford, reagan, bush, and

      topping the list, george w and then hoover.

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