Wednesday, August 29, 2012

They like to bring up Ronald Regan in the GOP as a role model and compare "Mitt Romney" to him, thinking that suave good looking face will resonate with the voters who "loved" Ronald Regan.

Hum, we must not be remembering the same man.

I clearly remember a man with dementia calling soldier's uniforms "costumes" in a press conference.  I remember a man who listened the the astrologers his wife broought into the White House to make important decisions.

I remember Mr. Regan being credited with the breaking down of the Berlin Wall.  But I also remember his faux pas in Mexico when he said at a gathering of Heads oif State that he was late to a meeting because of "Montazuma's revenge" and making the Mexicans, who hosted the meeting, quite unhappy. Nice bit of diplomacy there, eh?

Let's see, Regan was for less government and cutting federal spending.  So why was the government LARGER  because of new departments he created and the budget larger when he LEFT office than when he began?  Deficits, he was good at creating them, not shrinking them. More government and more spending is what he left us with, not the cuts and triming he promised and said he'd bring to America. So if Romney is so much  like Regan will he do the same?

I remember a Union busting president who caused air traffic controllers to be fired and replaced by untrained workers, or they could return to work at reduced pay and benefits.  Romney likes those Tea Party people who all fight government workers and government pensions.  I guess only congressmen are entitled to health insurance and pensions for life when they resign from office.

I seem to remember the "trolls" in California.  Trolls, that was the name the people gave to those who were made homeless by the policies of the Regan Administration.  There were tent cities outside the White House, all people driven out of work and denied jobs by Regan's austerity measures.

How about window washers at street corners?  They didn't exist until the Regan administration. Men approaching your car with a spray bottle of window washing cleaner, "offering" to wash your windows for a "donation".  That was one step up from street begging, but hey, where else could they make a buck?

The theory of "trickel down economics" was supposed to mean that if the top money earners (businesses) got breaks they would share the wealth with those below them.  The money would trickle down to the mean peons.  Instead people who had money got more money. Remember Dallas?  Remember the opulence?  Remember the yaghts and the silk dresses and the furs? They drank champagne while pissing on those who did without.

In Regan's presidency they tried to "reform" school lunch programs - another cost cutting measure.  The Regan represenative went before the House of Represenatives and Senate to tell them that they could cuts costs of school lunches  by declaring ketchup as a vegetable.  Luckily, Senator John Heinz, of Pennsylvania, and a member of the H.J.Heinz family who makes so many of our foods, including ketchup, made sure that the president was aware that ketchup in no way shape or form is a vegetable, and since his family's company manufactured it they ought to know.

So if that's the kind of president Romeny admires, what do you think his ideas of less government and cutting the spending are going to be like?


Comments:
You left out the whole Contra affair... I could go on because I, too, am a boomer (and a Susan Ann... howdy!) and a defender of the role of government.

I agree whole-heartedly that Republicans are ignoring the fact that Regan tested the Laffer theory and it FAILED the test. You mention defecits; The Laffer Curve was supposed to show that reduced tax rate actually increased gov't revenue because of their magical ability to increase the tax base.

Also, to be fair, interest rates were monstrous, but still...

Keep on typing.
Susan
 
thanks for reading, just bring up my points when debating those who believe that Romney is the greatest thin since Regan.
 
at least Regan wasn't advocating feudalism
 
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