21 Reasons Why Ronald Reagan Was a Terrible President

Updated on June 7, 2018
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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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      Rudy Rudziewicz 

      2 weeks ago

      22.

      He removed mental health assistance to the public.

      ( That was so wrong.)

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      Megan 

      5 weeks ago

      Who are your sources?

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      Al 

      6 weeks ago

      I’ve never read such so much bullshit in my lives. Liberals are some of the dumbest gullible people on earth. Thank god for presidents like Trump and Reagan. Clinton Obama and Carter were nightmares for this country but their brainwashed supporters champion them... unbelievable

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      Valia Coca Serafin 

      7 weeks ago

      I know I will get slammed for this but there is an error on the

      "Iraq is still the only non-allied country to attack a U.S. warship without retaliation" claim. Do not forget the "The Liberty" End of my comment for obvious reasons.

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      Aslan 

      7 weeks ago

      You forgot his costly and pointless war on drugs which we are still paying for financially and socially. All that just to divert away attention from his failing foreign and financial policies. He destroyed millions of young American lives and broke away families all for something as simple as puffing on a joint. If you still can't see why he wasn't a good president then you're just lost friend.

    • jeff61b profile imageAUTHOR

      jeff61b 

      2 months ago

      Trapsixtey23 -

      If you're going to make claims about falsehoods in this article, then you should back them up. Since you cannot do that, then you are tacitly admitting that everything in this article is 100% true and accurate.

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      Trapsixtey23 

      2 months ago

      Literally half of what you said here is not truthful information.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Deflect, that’s all you know how to do and it’s understandible when you can’t support your piddling statements.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      You can claim all you want that I live in a fantasy world but frankly I really don't care. I will always come to the side of Jeff who did a fantastic job on this article. For those that don't like it that's too bad. Thank you Jeff for your fine work! Keep it up! Have you thought about writing a book someday? I think you should Jeff. Well done!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      You suggest I leave you alone? Ara. First you ignore all the points I make and then you say you have nothing more to do with the conversation, I welcome your leaving, then you reappear and now tell me to leave you alone and go post elsewhere? This isn’t even your hubpage, I’ m sorry but I didn’t know you are the boss of these hubpages. Just another confirmation you live in a fantasy world, and that if you can’t run from the truth you want me to take it away - typical liberal, if you can’t censor or control someone you have to hate them, or their country or their political persuasion. You know the founders of the country you say you love were conservatives.

      And you hate conservatives?

    • CELEBSFAN78 profile image

      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I choose to do the opposite: that's why I prayed for Brad and wished him well. I'm glad that at least I was able to understand his reasoning and logic. TSAD: good luck to you. You won't get to anywhere good by those tactics of yours. I can say that CWG and myself are doing the right thing and at the end of the day I stick to leaving good comments on articles instead of engaging in personal attacks against other users. I suggest you leave me alone and go comment on some other article. I know who is right and who is wrong. I've done nothing wrong, I have just shared my perspective on Ronald Reagan. I don't spew hate like you are so sick to claim. Be well!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      You got one thing right, you are blinded by hatred and hate is a sickness that blinds you from the truth. You are led by your emotion and not reason, and your emotion of hate rules you leading you into a fantasy land. Hate has nothing to do with my reasoning but It is obvious it is the methodology of yours as you even admit.

      Keep spewing hate after pledging to leave this conversation, it just makes my point.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The small minority are the Trumpers. And if you cant figure out that 35% beats 65% only by subterfuge, get a clue!

      Weve been had.....for a long time.

      This country is NOT gun-toting religious fundamentalists!!

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      BradMasterOCcal 

      4 months ago

      Jeff

      From the death of JFK to the retirement of Obama what president has done the most for the country? And did a better job of the presidency than Reagan?

      For example, when Reagan came into to office after Jimmy Carter the Prime Interest Rate was in the low 20%. Did Jimmy Carter the one term president do a better job than Reagan?

      When JFK died, at that time there were 15,000 US advisers in Vietnam. When LBJ, another one term (193-1969) left office

      "His decision to step away from the presidency in March 1968 ensured that the endgame in Vietnam did not happen on his watch. But that endgame, when it did come during the administration of President Richard M. Nixon, was deeply contingent on the course that Johnson set, particularly as it flowed out of key decisions he took as president both before and after his election to office."

      At that time, the LBJ had committed 550,000 troops and still we lost the war.

      These are just a few examples, and it is not limited to just democrats. GH Bush, and GW Bush were probably worse than LBJ. I wouldn't want to live on the difference.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      TSAD you are one sick, twisted puppy!! I like America but I hate these stupid conservatives. The problem isn't me or Jeff it is you. You like to pick on people such as me, Jeff, or even Erick because they happen to not agree with your sick, twisted views. You can't admit the idea that there are people out there that hate Ronald Reagan or Donald Trump, both of whom are scumbags, with Reagan being a little less worse but he was bad as well. I would never do anything that your last sentence says because that is just insane. I would ask politely that you never again answer any of my comments. You can debate with CWG, Erick or someone else. I hate Ronald Reagan end of story!!! And I'd like to say Jeff if you can, try to ignore TSAD he is a sick person who doesn't seem to have a brain that functions.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      A fantasy world you are living in and that’s why your “opinions” as expressed here are the notions of a tiny percentage of deranged people in America some of which like to call them selves Americans when they would jump at the opportunity to destroy America given the chance and that is a fact NOBODY can deny, Ara.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I will always come to Jeff's defense because he actually did his research! Well done, Jeff well done!! That's the best comment I can write. The one thing I can and will say is that I am grateful that there are people like Jeff who actually know what is going on. No one can deny that Reagan did absolutely nothing about the AIDS crisis. No one can deny that during his administration, the US helped Saddam Hussein in his attacks on Iran. But then in 2003, the US government attacked Iraq the same country they had helped 23 years earlier. No one can deny these facts. But to say the socialism doesn't work is just an opinion, one that I won't even challenge because there's no point to challenge that assertion because it is just so false (in my opinion). Let's all agree to disagree please. I will admit that socialism hasn't worked in Venezuela because of corruption but it has worked in other countries. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. No system is 100% perfect but capitalism is bad, really bad. If you like to see more economic inequality then yeah capitalism is great but I will never support that kind of system, end of story!!!

    • jeff61b profile imageAUTHOR

      jeff61b 

      4 months ago

      TSAD -

      Thank you for confirming everything I said. Once again you just stated your opinion and passed it off as "facts".

      You clearly don't understand the difference between an objective fact and a subjective opinion.

      This is a trait I find common in conservatives.

      Here is an objective fact: deregulation of our financial system has repeatedly been followed by financial collapse and the loss of trillions of dollars by the American public while a small number of rich, powerful people rake in billions of dollars in profits.

      So here is an opinion based on that fact: We need a lot of financial regulations to protect the American people from the greed of the wealthy, powerful few who would otherwise enrich themselves by victimizing millions of everyday middle class Americans.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      You said to me: "So you can demand help from the government?"

      Please provide facts to back this up.

      It is used all the time by your tea party maga clique.

      Provide proof to back up this so-called fact.

      Or admit you dont use facts, but smear campaigns.

      And all i have to do to prove that is copy and paste your words.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Ara, sorry but like I care what you do? Good riddance to you.

      Well Jeff your statement makes me wonder if you know what a fact is.

      Facts I presented and were ignored: socialism, communism has failed everywhere it has been tried. Despite its imperfections there is nothing that has been better for nor accounted for the degree of freedoms and standard of living that is the greatest in the history of the world than the free market system, capitalism.

      Facts you can’t deny which is why our liberal friends here ignore it and make up lies, not opinions, to assert an imaginary better way.

      So Jeff I hope this clears up for you the fact that I presented nothing but facts and of course that’s why when you insinuate that i’m expressing opinions you avoid actually even differentiating what I presented as either fact or opinion. Like the others here you deal in false characterizations, inuendo and totally ignore what is fact because frankly you are no different than CWG or Ara, and somehow I expect even you won’t take that as a compliment.

    • jeff61b profile imageAUTHOR

      jeff61b 

      4 months ago

      It’s been entertaining reading these comments. One thing I learned a long time ago is that people who have strong opinions – whether on the left or the right – are not likely to change those opinions through any political discussion.

      So while l like to debate people I disagree with, I don’t expect them to change their views.

      What I noticed about TSAD was that he talks about how others ignore his “facts” when it seems that all he really offers is opinions. That’s one of the biggest problems in political debates. Too many people don’t understand the difference between facts and opinions.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I have no need to respond to you TSAD I am totally done with you. Have a nice day! You think or believe whatever you want to. I will interact with people who have the sense to leave insightful comments that actually contribute to the discussion. You will never force me to change the way I think. Don't even bother to try. Thank you very much Jeff for this well done and researched article. There's a reason why it is on a Hubpages niche site. Keep up the good work!!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      So as anyone can see Ara, you will do anything to avoid even acknowledging all the facts I gave you are true, first you attack Rush, the messenger of what you totally ignored and didn’t even try to respond to, then you shifted your focus on me equating my presentation of facts with an attack on you and now you obviously say to yourself, “oh yeah, I know what I can do, shift the focus back to this hubpage topic and i’m Home free.”

      Your tactics are so transparent!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The politeness is new. Ask him about Hillary....

      But I will bow out unless tsaddy insults me again.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      At least Brad is polite he has manners. I learned how to interact with him. Let's stick to the topic here which is why Ronald Reagan was a bad president. Jeff did his research and if some of you don't like it that's your choice.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Oh, so you guys like me? Everything you say says you don’t like me, it doesn’t have to be in quotes so who are you kidding? The reason you don’t like me is because I tell it like it is and you both are living in a fantasy of your minds devoid of reality. When confronted with reality, or realville as Rush would say, you run away from the truth and either change the subject, attack the messenger or make stuff up but you never even acknowledge anything that can not be denied or God forbid admit you may be wrong!

      There is no reasoning with people like you both because as I’ve said many times neither of you are actually in touch with reality and nothing is more evidence of that than the fact, Ara, that you have such praise for whatever CWG says.

      And like him all you want, my guess is, Brad would more agree with than disagree with what I just said.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Gosh tsad....no one said anything about not liking you. Are you projecting, like dippy don?

      And sorry. 93% of black women voted for hillary.

      White women went for trump. 2/3 of them.

      So their daughters can go back to being second class citizens, just like me gram and marm.

      Altho my daughters will not.

      I taught them not to fall for conmen like dump.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      I can make up things too CWG,

      “99.9% of black women "yay! Trump can grab my private parts any time he wants!"

      You both are pathetic and why would anyone care if you liked them or not, judging by whom and what you two like and don’t like I’m more than glad to be not liked by either of you, actually I’d prefer it that way so thank you for not liking me.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CRUKCEj7qqA&feat...

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfb9f7yFYgw&feat...

      ******

      Prez dumpy-pants:

      "Grab em by the private parts"

      "Gotta be nice to Pocahantes because of the "me too" movement"

      "Women who have abortions should be punished"

      *****

      65% of white women: "yay! Trump can grab my private parts any time he wants!"

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Excuse me but I am not the one who resorts to name calling. Cape Wind Girl knows more than some think. I am only suggesting how to make the United States a better country and some people don't like to hear it. Well that's too bad then. I comment on articles instead of wasting my time attacking other users on this site like TSAD does. Brad I like you even though we have different political views. Good luck!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      You two are really hilarious! If you only knew how out of touch with reality you are you’d be ashamed to show your face anywhere. It’s so telling when you are presented the facts and truth you don’t even try to challenge it but default directly to name calling and blatantly lying about the messenger because he has shredded your beliefs before you even express them.

      Of course it is impossible to challenge anything Rush says when you make up what he says and won’t even listen to what he actually says. Thank you jeff61b for allowing the truth in this discussion (with these two loons) to be revealed.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Rush Limbaugh has been calling women femi-nazis for 30 years. Says women who use birth control are sluts.....and we are lectured to about civility.

      Femi nazi, trump nazi......what's the diff?

      ..

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Rush Limbaugh is an idiot that's the first thing. And secondly, I think Donald Trump is similar to Adolf Hitler in his belief system and ideology. Except that Adolf Hitler was much smarter and he knew how to run the country unlike this guy (Trump) who doesn't know how to. I recommend a great news source for everyone called The Palmer Report. It tells you about things the mainstream media will not. It is true that without a profit there are no employees however, what I have said and Bernie Sanders says this as well: create a system that works for everyone. Is that too much to ask for?

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      lovemychris 

      4 months ago

      Of course. That’s is their go-to response. “You hate rich people”, “you hate America”, “you hate the troops”.....

      Like I said, not much has changed since 2010, except the level of fascism we are subject to.

      Who ever thought a prez would take money from prison owners, then steal and lock up little kids?

      Who thought a prez would call on his supporters to punch people out?

      Sell off our national parks, destroy diplomatic relationships, and have lobbiests hold events at his hotels? AS president!

      And we must rely on republicans to do something about it.

      So, we can forget that will happen.

      You gotta wonder how long the they’ve been planning this. And here’s a book for you:

      The Rise of the Fourth Reich, by Jim Marrs

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Well you are the one who praised CWGs comments - everything she says is hatred toward the rich, and if you are so high and mighty against capitalism which you falsely declare that making a profit under a free market system is more important than the employees - that’s just stupid - without a profit there are no employees, and yet you advocate for socialism, and you do, when it has failed miserably everywhere it is tried or didn’t you listen to Rush. I know you didn’t because you are a flaming liberal and can’t stand the thought of him when liberals who have tried to do what he has done successfully on radio for over 30 years have failed as miserably as socialism itself.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      One of the problems is that some people just blindly assume certain things. I never even said or suggested that I hate rich people. What I don't agree with is this free market capitalism system that makes earning a profit more important than the employees that work for these companies. Whatever happened to the idea that all men are created equal, and this was part of the beginning of this country's history. I like the United States overall as a country but I don't agree with capitalism. I'm all for people who want to work at getting rich but at the same time, we must treat people fairly. I suggest doing things that create a system that works for everyone not just the top 1% of income earners in this country. The way we can do that is by investing more money into bringing back the manufacturing base, that's one of the ways to make the economy better. But for anyone to even suggest that I hate rich people is something totally 100% false.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Thanks Jack. Did you see the video clip I posted for Ara on Friedman? I’m Sure he didn’t watch it.

      For CWG go to this video

      https://youtu.be/7FDTi0wDj5Y

      and start at 36:19 - this is exactly what is wrong with your politics(and no doubt Ara’s too)

      And for Ara, you can go to 40:28 on the same video clip right after what I asked CWG to listen to and you will have the plain truth about your precious socialism which anyone with a mind can clearly see this is the truth about your worthless beliefs.

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      Jack Lee 

      4 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I recommend the book Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, a Nobel winner of economics. It is all you need to know about Capitalism and free enterprise system. It is a shame they don’t teach this to our kids in public schools.

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      BradMasterOCcal 

      4 months ago

      CWG

      How did Obama help low income people?

      The central theme of President Obama’s tax policy has been that “the rich” (whatever that is supposed to mean) do not pay their fair share of federal taxes, and the middle class pays more as a result. But the CBO just issued a new report this month that proves him grievously wrong.

      “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009,” issued by CBO on July 12, reports that the top 1% of income earners paid 39% of federal individual income taxes in 2009, while earning 13% of the income. That means their share of federal income taxes was three times their share of income.

      And that is down from 2007, before President Obama was even elected. In that year, after 25 years of Reagan Republican tax policies, the top 1% paid 40% of federal individual income taxes. That was more than double the 17.6% of federal individual income taxes paid by the top 1% when President Reagan entered office in 1981.

      Also in 2007, again before Obama was even elected, and after 25 years of Reaganomics, the bottom 40% of income earners on net as a group paid less than 0% of federal income taxes. Instead of paying at least some income taxes to help support the federal government, the federal government paid them cash through the income tax code.

      Does that reality sound like what you hear in President Obama’s deceiving speeches?

      CBO further reported that in 2009 the top 20% of income earners, those earning more than $74,000, paid 94% of federal individual income taxes, virtually all of the net total. That was 85% more than the share of national income they earned.

      Yet, in that same year, the middle 20% of income earners, the true middle class, paid 2.7% of total federal individual income taxes on net, while earning 15% of before-tax income. And the bottom 40% of income earners, instead of paying some income taxes to support the federal government, were paid by the IRS cash equal to 10% of federal individual income taxes on net.

      That means altogether the bottom 60% of income earners, which includes the middle class, paid less than 0% of total federal individual income taxes as a group on net. Instead, as a group, they received net cash payments from the IRS on net.

      And for the Marxist propagandists that are paid to comment on these columns, no this does not mean I want to raise taxes on the bottom 60%. I supported all the Reagan Republican initiatives over the past generation that abolished federal income taxes on the poor, and what the Left calls the working class, and almost abolished them completely on the middle class.

      That began with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which grew out of then Governor Ronald Reagan’s famous testimony before the Senate Finance Committee in 1972, where he proposed exempting the working poor from all Social Security and income taxes as an alternative to welfare, with the credit serving as a way to offset payroll taxes for the poor and low income workers. As President, Reagan cut federal income tax rates across the board for all taxpayers by 25%. He also indexed the tax brackets for all taxpayers to prevent inflation from pushing working people into higher tax brackets.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      As a low income earner? How old are you? So you seem content to label yourself a low income earner. Why? So you can demand help from the government?

      I can name thousands of low income earners who are now millionaires because they weren’t going to allow themselves to be labeled low income earners. Maybe if you put as much energy into bettering yourself and your circumstances instead of using it as a club to get money from the government or a crutch to claim victim hood you would understand that it is those kind of people that make it possible for you to live in a country where their is hope you can better yourself. Just google

      rags to riches stories

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      President obama gave me tax help.....as a low income earner. President obama tried to invest in the USA....he couldn’t get his recovery act passed without repubs. Remember? Snow and Collins said they would vote for it as long as he took money out of investing and put it in tax cuts.

      Repubs always want tax cuts for rich. Their recent one under Dumpy is PERMANENT,

      He increased the estate tax benefits.

      He has increased our deficit for it.

      And please don’t give me this hogwash that it’s their money. They don’t do all the work that goes into making their profits. They don’t share the wealth others create for them.

      It’s a big ponzi scheme and heist of a nation.

      Back when I was a kid, jobs competed for workers. Unions made jobs proud. Now, a job is so cheapened! It’s like my old boss used to say, “all I need is a warm body”....... I mean, wtf?

      And btw, you all complain about taxes, dont say a word about cost of living. This endless quest for more and more and more money, no matter who gets hurt. No matter who suffers, no matter who dies.

      Thanks. Dump is destroying the aca. People will die, and healthcare will once again be for the monied class only.

      Kids are caged for profit and trafficking, and don’t be fooled. They are coming after dissidents next.But hey, you rich people get to be lords and ladies forever in the USSA.

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      BradMasterOCcal 

      4 months ago

      Ara

      That was very nice of you, and I appreciate the blessing.

      Yes, the 16th Amendment Income Tax, and it started with a very low tax. And interestingly the SCOTUS have never found in favor of any argument against Income Tax. Off course, an amendment is deemed constitutional but its application could be found unconstitutional. I agree taxes used to improve the infrastructure and other things we need is OK. What I don't like is it being used to increase the size of government.

      imho, The tax revenue is funding the increase in the size of the government, while the SCOTUS decisions on the Interstate Commerce Clauise increases the government itself. There are a whole series of these decisions making anything a federal issue.

      Just a thought.

      As friends, I hope we can share these views and see different viewpoints.

      Thanks again, I really appreciate it, and wish you the same.

      :)

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Brad: thank you for enlightening me on this!!! You are actually correct it is because of the tax code. Did you know that we did not have an income tax system in the US until 1913? I have no problem paying taxes as long as those payments go towards working to improve things such as infrastructure, and other things that we need. Thank you friend for your enlightened and sensible reply! Have a great day!! Let us help each other lead better lives so I will recite the following prayer:

      Lord I ask that you bless Brad and please allow him to live the life of his dreams. May you please Lord grant Brad anything good that he wants to have in this life. May Brad and I both be blessed with the riches of this Universe. Amen!! I hope this helps you.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Brad, the only reason Ara and Cape girl hate the rich is because they aren’t rich and know they don’t possess the talents and self reliance to get there. They have settled for mediocrity and so have to blame capitalism and anyone or anything else that enables people to achieve the American dream because then they are nothing but forever victims of an unfair system so they are always unhappy and looking for anything to be unhappy about. Capitalism isn’t perfect but rather than admit it is the best system by far in history they’ll ignore the historic atrocities of all other systems and look for any imperfection in capitalism to declare it is evil! You can’t assess anything without weighing it’s good points against it’s bad, unless of course you are a liberal.

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      BradMasterOCcal 

      4 months ago

      ARA

      We are talking about the US and US Taxes.

      My point is that the reason that Bill Gates can go from 59 billion in 2008 to 90 billion in 2016 is the Income Tax, and that tax is supported by both parties. Raising or lowering the marginal tax rate on the rich has no effect on them. The reason is the Internal Revenue Code gives them hundreds of ways to avoid, defer, and lower their taxes. The rich are the only ones that can use the IRC, while the lower income and the poor don't get affected one way or the other. The middle class which are mostly wage earners can't use it because Regan took away most of the deduction they could use with the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

      The most equitable tax would be a National Sales Tax like the ones already in existence in most states. It would also severely reduce the need for the IRS.

      ARA thanks for the suggestion.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Read the book Blackshirts and Reds by Michael Parenti and you will see how capitalism has affected people all over the world very adversely. Do some research for yourself Brad that's all I'll say.

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      BradMasterOCcal 

      4 months ago

      Ara

      You provided zero information to answer any questions.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      The rich get richer in the United States because that's the way the system is set up. It is because of free market capitalism, a system which I do not support. The group System of a Down actually wrote a song called F*** the System and for a good reason. They wrote it back in 2002 and capitalism has given the US an excuse to start wars for oil and profits. Plain and simple Ronald Reagan was and still is one of the worst presidents ever no matter what historians say. As for Bill Gates, he found out the ways to get wealthy and there's a whole set of reasons why people get wealthier which is beyond the scope of this article.

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      BradMasterOCcal 

      4 months ago

      CWG

      How do you account billionaires like Bill Gates

      in 2008 he had $58 billion

      In 2016 he had $90 billion

      During the Obama presidency he increased his wealth by $42 billion. This was before Trump was president.

      If he could increase his wealth by so much, then why do you blame president Trump? He didn't give Bill Gates a tax cut from 2008-2016?

      And yet the rich got richer!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      You are out of touch. The gap between rich and poor has quadrupled, and there is no middle class. Trickle up took care of that.

      This is why trump gets away with his balogna.

      His base is old and watches Fox propaganda.

      Wage are supposed to keep up with the cost of living. Inflation, rising prices, ceo pay is 500 times that of the people who actually work.

      My kids are having it ruff....and the "greatest generation" will never get it, because they had good jobs at good wages, retirement and a single income supported a family, no matter what the job!

      As more money goes to the top, you all blame those at the bottom.

      Keep finger pointing and thinking you're superior. You're not. You had all the breaks, and now you vote to make sure no one else does.....ever.

      I'm not leaving here. You go. I hear the United Arab Emirates is nice. And it's full of neocons from the Bush adm who went their to escape justice.

      You'd fit right in.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Cape girl if only you could join the real world you’d know how insane what you just said is and anyone who admires your comment really needs to get help also.

      For anyone to speak as you speak about America and actually believe anything you say really needs to leave the country because nothing here is ever going to change to please you. If you need to work two minimum wage jobs to get by you are either living beyond your means or made some pretty bad life choices. You are to blame for either, not Donald Trump or anyone else you spew lies about and you know it or else you’d leave and go somewhere else but you won’t because you won’t be able to blame them for your shortcomings.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      You just don't get it, the minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage and to raise it to the levels you seek in the 20s would make unskilled menial jobs the American dream. Why seek to better yourself, invest in your future and your education and get a skill you can market yourself with if you can make as much without even a high school education? What you propose not only is senseless for the job market for minimum wage workers as studies have proven it cost jobs to raise the minimum wage but it will promote an uneducated work force that has no incentive to better themselves. I'm sure you are familiar with the Washington Post:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/0...

      Then of course there is this

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca8Z__o52sk

      and before you attack this messenger, the usual liberal tactic, Milton Friedman, which is the only thing you can do to discredit what he says which is proven fact, he was one of the most renown and competent economists our country has ever known.

      To agree to disagree is merely you choosing to live in a liberal fantasy world and ignore the facts while replacing them with your good intentions. As always anything a liberal says is not really what it means.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      One fair thing I can say and that pretty much everyone can agree on is the fact that it is a good thing that we have term limits for Presidents in this country. I need not go any further because the reasons are obvious. Cape Wind Girl you deserve my praise, respect, and admiration for your awesome comment!! It is so true that minimum wage at 40 hours a week does not go very far in most places in this country. We used to have factories that were created during and after the Industrial Revolution and this is what provided jobs for the immigrants that would later enter the United States from about 1810 through the 1840's. Let's all just agree to disagree. Peace, everyone and be well!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Lol. Look at Bozo. I have 2 jobs. So do many people I know. And most people on food stamps here are retirees. You know, the ones you hear about. Choosing between food, meds or heat. Leave it to magas to begrudge old people on fixed incomes food. But who is surprised? Their evil border policy has torn this country asunder.

      Wall/shmall. You all voted for a guy who launders drug and prostitution money! That shows how much you really care about crime.

      Total block headedness. We dont need bricks for a wall, we can use maga heads. *Just kidding*....a little Trump humor.

      These views of the magas are so far out there , its on another planet.

      Give money to rich people, take it away from the poor.

      Upside downworld. And they laugh so the way to the bank.

      Dingbat Perry got $80,000 of free money. How many seniors could eat off that? And he already has money. See how stupid that is?

      Never the Twain shall meet. Your views are like a foreign language to me. And I'll stick to Engish, thank you.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Apples and oranges as always with you. You equate the wall in Berlin, the essence of communist totalitarianism, isolation and suppression of freedom with a wall here to protect our freedoms from terrorism, drug traffic, and all kinds of criminality (not to mention illegally entering the country is a crime you know, a misdemeanor the first time and a felony the second time) and now you equate the welfare state where the people getting benefits contribute no productivity or taxes to the country with productive taxpaying people, self reliant people who may be helped by the government solely because they are the engine that keeps the government in business.

      As long as you make up these false analogies no one can take anything you say seriously. You obviously must strive to be anything but a successful productive citizen, a class of people you consistently express disdain for. Your kind of irrational hatred of those who are productive is nothing but an excuse for your own, and others like you, lack of ambition or achievements in the greatest country of opportunity in the world. You don't like it here, try to survive happily anywhere else in the world - your logic dictates that is what you should be doing.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Self reliant? Like Trump, whose been bailed out by taxpayers numerous times? How about subsidies for big oil and “gentlemen” farmers? We went through this with the Tea Party. Bachman and Perry getting tax money for their farms. Self reliant? Like a business that relies on workers and doesn’t want to pay a decent wage? THEY are the ones who are being subsidized. If they paid enough, people wouldn’t need food stamps. One of these being the US military. People have an inordinate lack of understanding of how the world works. I mean, they kick and scream about a worker making $15,00 an hour......but don’t mind in the least that a ceo makes $5,000 an hour.

      Elizabeth Warren, who is an expert in these matters, said years ago that if wages kept up with the cost of living, minimum wage would be $22.00 an hour. And this was years ago. It’s worse now with Drumpf.

      When I left home at 18, I had a minimum wage job, from which I could afford an apartment and a car! Now, full time work at minimum wage won’t afford you an apt anywhere in America.

      Everything is upside down. That’s why it’s called a pyramid. All those at the bottom, whom you so contemptuously deride, are holding the top up. And they take advantage egregiously!

      It’s going to get way worse under Dumpy. It will be so unbalanced, we will topple and fall.

      And it galls me NO END, the ones who took all they could get voted for these clowns who will finish us off for their stupid rich donors. And I say stupid yes. They are just like most of my bosses.....will ruin everything to save money for themselves. Miserly. No vision.

      Money is like manure.....you have to spread it around. Hoard it up in a big pile, and it starts to stink.

      There is nothing to admire about a money hoarding miser. Nor the trillions wasted for those who live lavishly, while so many suffer and struggle just to get by.

      Money is a false god. We are going to see it first-hand. The culmination of greed will be the war we fight. Yes, it’s racism and misogyny. It all goes hand in hand.

      It’d be pretty funny, tho, to see what would happen if we refused to go along with it anymore.

      Business wouldn’t make money without those who do the work. How then could they vaca in San Tropez?

      Inherited wealth......lovely, but not work. And Jefferson said labor is above wealth.

      You see? It’s all upside down.

      The great heist. And people willingly surrender. “Of course, that one person can have more money than the total wealth of whole nations.....what’s wrong with that?”

      A fantastic swindle. And why? “Someday, it could be you”. I would be ASHAMED to have so much when so many have nothing.

      America was my savior. She needs us now. She is being strangled by greed.

      Stand up, America. You need to remember who you are.

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      4 months ago from now on

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      What is so wrong about the government helping its people out? That's what a good, competent, government does. If Alexander Hamilton were alive today he would be horrified at the way the US government is mired in massive spending and borrowing from other nations. Alexander Hamilton was a Federalist who believed in the power of a strong central government and financing the banks to get the economy going. But the banks back then were different than the ones we hear about today with all the record profits they get. The strongest period for the United States was from I would say 1945 all the way through guess until who entered the White House?? Why Ronald Reagan of course who was the same guy that said trees cause air pollution. We need REAL Americans running the government but the problem is most of the "good" ones don't really get enough support. By the way, one of those good ones is a Republican Mr. Ron Paul whom I would happily support if he ever were elected.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Yeah, I forgot, the American dream for you is food stamps, free housing and free health care. Provided of course by those who are actually living the real American dream because your American dream produces nothing but dependence on government which ironically wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the productive people who are self reliant.

      You know lying about whatever you dislike doesn’t help your case, it only undermines it.

      The wall in Israel has certainly worked, so your description of why we want a wall here is really nothing but BS

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      A wall won’t keep them out. It’s 2018. A wall is a symbol that white peoples need to feel safe.....just like guns.

      Besides, with all our greatest military etc, 19 men w box cutters hijacked the USA. (According to you who believe the official story)

      And please don’t make me laugh. The biggest traffickers in drugs and people are the Russian and Israeli mobs. You know, the people Trump is tied at the hip to. Surely, you’ve heard that Trumps modeling agency trafficked in teenagers?

      You won’t believe it, but I do.

      No, the wall is a campaign promise.....except for the Mexico is paying part. Billions more money flushed down the toilet to satisfy the Trumplethinskins......and we all will pay. Even tho we must cut food stamps and Medicare and housing and health insurance.....yeah boyeeee OUR tax dollars at work.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      So you compare a wall to protect our country from the intrusion of drug traffickers, terrorists, illegal immigrants, criminals and human traffickers to a communist wall created to keep people in and freedom out?

      There is no question who the silly one here is and that’s being kind.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      No silly, not communists. But they dont think every life has worth, and they are for building walls, not tearing them down.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      What the “H” does that mean, Trumpists (whatever that is) are communists?

      Cape Girl, you never fail to amaze!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "In my eighty years, I prefer to call that the forty-first anniversary of my thirty ninth birthday, I've seen what men can do for each other and do to each other, I've seen war and peace, feast and famine, depression and prosperity, sickness and health. I've seen the depth of suffering and the peaks of triumph and I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life."

      *******

      "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!"

      *******

      A far cry from the Trumpists of today.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      No article is objective if it doesn’t give the whole story, the pros and the cons -and the facts, you can’t argue with those stats, that’s not rewriting history! you only give cons and don’t pretend what you’ve presented isn’t rewriting history, it’s strait from the liberal talking points, and you know it. This isn’t objective research you did yourself or you would have presented his accomplishments. You can’t rate a president without including the magnitude of his accomplishments so accorrding you you he has none? That’s not what the real historians have to say.

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      jeff61b 

      4 months ago

      TSAD -

      Thanks for repeating the long list of Republican talking points about Ronald Reagan that we've heard so many times before.

      This article was written to stop the attempt by Republicans to rewrite the history of the Reagan years.

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      jeff61b 

      4 months ago

      Jack Lee -

      You are mistaken about some of your "facts" regarding Ronald Reagan.

      It wasn't a big spending Congress that ran up the national deb during the Reagan years.

      For all eight years of Reagan's presidency, the budgets passed by Congress had less spending and smaller deficits than the budgets that Reagan originally proposed. We would be even deeper in debt today if Reagan's budgets had been passed.

      It was the Reagan Administration that convinced Republicans that deficits don't matter.

      Also, there was a net gain of 16 million new jobs - not 20 million as you claimed - under Reagan. Perhaps you're thinking of the 22 million jobs created by Bill Clinton.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 months ago from now on

      Now that we’ve had 30 years to put the Reagan years in perspective, most are admitting he was dumb like a fox. A few continue their diatribe against our 40th president and many people still remain confused about this man’s record.

      It is to this last group that I address this column. Please read it with an open mind and, please, don’t be too proud to admit that you were wrong or simply misled. It is important we learn the lessons of the Reagan years before it is too late to reverse our present course.

      Reagan began his political life as a Democrat and he ended his life as a democrat with a small “d.” He didn’t leave the Democrat Party – the Democrat Party left him. Those responsible for hijacking his party called him names: dunce, simpleton, racist, misogamist, homophobe, hard-hearted, extremist, Neanderthal, ideologue and hater.

      The truth is Ronald Reagan didn’t hate anyone. He did hate communism, big government, high taxes and poverty, but he loved people and had great faith in the human spirit.

      Reagan was not a libertarian who opposed all government programs for the disadvantaged. His father was unemployed when Franklin Roosevelt was elected president. Jack Reagan found a job with the Works Progress Administration and Ronald Reagan never forgot what the New Deal did for his family.

      On Jan. 28, 1982, Ronald Reagan wrote in his diary, “The press is trying to paint me as trying to undo the New Deal.” Reagan viewed the New Deal as an appropriate response to an economic crisis, which gave people a chance to work. What Reagan was trying to undo was the Great Society, which promised people something for doing nothing.

      Under the Great Society, income levels for every demographic group sharply declined. However, when Regan’s policies began to take hold, these statistics reversed. Ronald Reagan’s economic policy produced the longest peacetime expansion in history, while simultaneously reducing inflation – a feat many economists believed could not be accomplished. During the Reagan boom, the inflation-adjusted Gross National Product rose 32 percent, and median family income hit record levels.

      What about the gap between the rich and the poor? It did widen, but the important thing to remember is this: Everyone benefited.

      Here are the figures:

      Between the years 1978-1982, the bottom fifth lost 8.2 percent. The second fifth lost 5.4 percent. The middle fifth lost 5.2 percent. The fourth fifth lost 3.8 percent and the top fifth lost 1.1 percent.

      Between 1982 and 1989 – the Reagan years – the top fifth gained a whopping 20.5 percent. The fourth fifth gained 13 percent. The middle fifth gained 11.1 percent. The fourth fifth gained 10.7 percent and those on the lowest rung of the ladder, the bottom fifth, gained 12.6 percent.

      During the Reagan years, the median household income for black Americans jumped by 16.5 percent and the median income for women climbed by 28 percent.

      Reagan – like JFK – understood that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

      Reagan was a simple man, but he understood that big government and oppressive taxes sucked the life out of the economy and, without a growing economy, the poor would never have a chance to climb up the economic ladder.

      When Reagan’s economic policy kicked into high-gear, he never got the credit he fully deserved. He took it all in stride and even quipped, “The best sign that our economic program is working is that they don’t call it Reagonomics anymore.”

      Reagan never promised to cut government programs. He promised to restrain their growth and avoid new ones. However, bureaucrats in Washington view restraint the same way they view cuts. They fought him every step of the way. Also, Reagan did not have the support of Congress – even Republicans in Congress – who had grown accustomed to returning pork to their districts, which they viewed as essential to their re-elections.

      In the end, Reagan reconciled himself to presiding over a large federal government in order to get Congress to go along with his defense build-up which halted the spread of communism and led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This defense build-up paid big dividends during subsequent administrations – dividends that eventually were squandered.

      In short, the Reagan revolution didn’t fail. However, the truth is that it never was fully implemented thanks to Bush and those who followed him.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "We have to stop his ass!"--Maxine Waters

      USCIS is starting a denaturalization task force.

      https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/uscis-starting-d...

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Comment from woman seeking asylum here: "dont come to America. Their laws are harsh, and they dont have a heart."

      Congrats. You have totally got your "change".....

      We are no longer a country with heart. Huge profits, tho, for the 000000.01%...gotta admit that.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Did you watch the video? Amnesty for illegal aliens, against employers using people for starvation wages, brings up the decent pay and benefits American workers expect.....

      Egads, Reagan sounds almost liberal!

      No. Just human. With a heart. Sorely lacking in repubs these days. Trumpublicans, the anti Reagans.

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      Jack Lee 

      4 months ago from Yorktown NY

      That’s cynic view point.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      They use Reagan when they want, discard him if it's not rightwing enough.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HjrBjLSz5aA&feat...

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      Jack Lee 

      4 months ago from Yorktown NY

      You are living in an alternative universe...my friend.

      Reaganomics worked fine. Cutting taxes lead to record revenue...

      It was the Congress that spent more than we took in along with the arms race with the Soviets that added to the deficits.

      People were happy with the boom and the 20 million jobs added since the Reagan revolution.

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      Ara Vahanian 

      4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      One of the reasons Reagan won by such a big margin in 1984 was because the Democrats nominated Walter Mondale. It took the country a while to get over the Jimmy Carter Presidency. Does anyone remember Reaganomics? Trickle down theory doesn't work it is as simple as that. Yes Reagan served as Governor of California but because he wasn't trained or well versed in politics or law, that really cost him.

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      Jack Lee 

      4 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Yes, he was so for the rich, America reelected him with 49 States in 1984. They must all be rich...haha

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      Alan 

      4 months ago

      Dismantling unions.

      Brought big government into the White House.

      Started process of killing middle class.

      Largest tax cuts for upper 1%

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      Kathie Chaffee 

      5 months ago

      How about LBJ?

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      Brad Masters 

      5 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      I think we have a new king of corruption.

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

      8 years of Obama

      There is ever increasing evidence that Obama is corrupt, and has done many things that were against the US constitution and against the well being of the country.

      I could list them but you wouldn't agree with them, but you know what they are, and just because Obama isn't in jail you say it is not true.

      Far be it from me to change you idea of reality.

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      Jack Lee 

      5 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Eleanore, this is not a gender issue. I have no problem with strong women in government or industry. I just disagree with some leaders in current Democratic party such as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

      Why would you drag gender into it?

      Reagan was a great president and treat women with respect not like Bill Clinton.

      I would have the same opinion if you were a man holding the same opinion. That is called being consistent.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      5 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Jack...Yes. I do understand how your gender must always consider women a minority when they have an opinion you don't like. But you know what? Women are now 36% more in number in YOUR government. What will you do when women outnumber men? Tell those women they are all minorities?

      Obviously, a man who cannot stand truth and facts is understand by ALL women to be a man who is still in the throes of his teen years.

      Let me know Jack when you are ready to be a man and accept facts.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      5 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      John, I should have remembered the exceedingly low Reagan unemployment, I was a tech recruiter for a management consulting firm when he was president. By the end of his second term, we were swamped with job seekers looking for jobs that had disappeared in financial, chemical, engineering and even in the humanties fields.

      Sorry Jack. But there is government documentation of why Reagan sold arms to the Contras. By the time this episode. As I posted, I know what I read from the CIA's own lips. That book, "Safe for Democracy, Secret Wars of the CIA," provided references and bibliographies.

      If you continue to distort facts, you are not much better than Trump.

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      Jack Lee 

      6 months ago from Yorktown NY

      That is your opinion and a minority at that. The Iran weapon deal was easy to explain. Congress passed a law preventing the US military of interferring in Nicaragua conflict. Our country has engaged the rebels in the past and were supporting them. Reagan was caught in a bind. He wanted to save lives of the rebels. Without our support, they would surely die. Oliver North came up with a plan to divert money from the sale of weapons to Iran to help the rebels in Nicaragua. Now do you understand? Reagan had nothing personal to gain here. He was constrained by Congress and felt he needed to keep our promise to the rebels...

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      jeff61b 

      6 months ago

      Jack Lee,

      Perhaps a better question is why did Reagan illegally give weapons to Iran and then illegally give weapons to Iraq even after they used chemical weapons to kill thousands of civilians?

      Why did Reagan never fulfill his pledge to go after the terrorists who killed 240 Marines in Beirut?

      Why did he illegally support the violent overthrow of the democratically elected government in Nicaragua?

      Reagan was an awful president for many reasons but he was an even worse human being.

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      Jack Lee 

      6 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Eleanore, you are missing the big picture. Why did Iran release those hostages after holding them for 444 days? If you can think the answer to that 64K$ question, you will learn why a President matters...and why Carter was a weak one term president and Reagan was a great one.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      6 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Look, if you read, Kevin Phillips' book, "American Dynasty," you see that both Cheney and GHWB were in Nixon's cabinet and best buddies. Cheney as Nixon's advisor and GHWB as Nixon's chief of the CIA.

      There is plenty of documentation about the trip GHWB took to Iran shortly before Reagan's election in an attempt to get Iran to "wait" until Reagan was sworn in before releasing the hostages.

      But, when you read another account "Safe for America, Secret Wars of the CIA," you see how the Republicans used that delay to make sure Reagan and not Carter, got credit.

      However, the CIA also has documentation that Carter tried twice to broker a deal with Iran to release the hostages.

      But at that time, Iran was not about to trust the US.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Didn’t you just call them all slobs? You think of that as a compliment??

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      WindCheiftan 

      6 months ago

      How about we just settle on this:

      Politics are stupid. You're all human beings, and if you think the government is corrupt, it says in the second amendment that you, the people of America can start a militia and overthrow the government.

      Not that I would endorse that, as I bet any of you slobs would get crushed.

      Sure, Reagan did some things wrong, but hasn't every president? On both sides of the aisle?

      Clinton: Doesn't really know what sex is, lied under oath.

      Bush: Left us with the economic collapse of 2008, in which my parents almost lost our house in.

      I could go on, but I'll leave you all with this. You're all humans and American citizens. Let's start acting like civilized people and stop slinging insults, okay?

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      8 months 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 

      8 months ago

      Great job.

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      Chris 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 

      9 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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