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  • 30 Years After Reagan Was Inaugurated

    January 20, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the president of the United States. Ronald Reagan, throughout his presidency, used humor as a way to captivate audiences whenever he spoke, which  earned him the nickname ‘The Great Communicator.’ However, President Reagan was always serious when he talked about the size and scope of the federal government, as well as his mission to put communism on the “ash heap of history.”

    Reagan set the tone of his presidency during his inaugural address. One mission of his presidency was to rein-in out-of-control government spending that caused high unemployment and double-digit inflation. In this day and age when more and more people within the government believe that more government is the answer, we remember what Reagan said during his famous address:

    In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.


    Those are lessons that should be well-remembered in today’s political climate. The core of Reagan’s philosophy is that he believed in America. He believed in the people of America. He believed that if you worked hard, there was nothing that could not be accomplished, and nothing that should prevent the accomplishment. It is a belief that seems to be lost on too many people in Washington.

    Heritage played a big role in shaping the policies of his presidency with Mandate for Leadership, and we are proud to continue the legacy of the Reagan presidency.  Please take a moment to watch his historic speech.

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    9 Responses to 30 Years After Reagan Was Inaugurated

    1. CO2HOG™ says:

      This never gets old…Thanks for posting.

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    4. Andrew, VA says:

      I still miss the Old Man…

    5. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      We need a new Ronald Reagan to turn this country around and restore it to the glorious country it was.

    6. Bobbie says:

      I grew up democrat, I was too young to vote for this dignified man of America, but it was his words that revealed to me later on that the democrat party, as pampering the weak to grow the government. Of course it didn't stick with me until democrat vote after democrat vote to see they were doing nothing but creating jobs for themselves and telling people "they can't do this" "they can't do that" while getting rid of opportunities where "they could."

      I don't vote for anyone that doesn't express the views, values and principles of America. I don't appreciate the President getting into the business of our freedoms and putting words in our mouths. Mr. Reagan was very respectful and specific. Mr. Reagan knew his place.

      Mr. Reagan is an awesome man of his word, decent, intelligent man that had hope and faith in the people as the people gained confidence of their own. Many of the new congress exemplify the same.

      I pray they stay strong and don't give into anything in favor of unconstitutional governing and remove all that is.

    7. Gabriel says:

      Bobbie,

      Did you know that Reagan had the highest debt increase percentage in history? He more then doubled the national debt? He also had real unemployment over 17% for 9 straight months, and over 10% recorded unemployment for over 7 straight months. Do you not know your history?

    8. Bobbie says:

      Gabriel, did you know Reagan didn't work alone? Did you know Reagan didn't promise the country no higher then 8% unemployment? Did you know that Reagan had to contend with the weak of the democrat party pulling and screaming to take the jobs people would willingly want to do for themselves? Do you know your history?

    9. Gabriel says:

      During Reagans two terms, over 90% of all legislation that became public law was under republican/conservative sponsorship. http://www.votesmart.org http://www.opencongress.org. Reagan and republicans/conservatives are responsible for the high unemployment and more then doubling the national debt. They are alone responsible. Do you know your history, apparently not! And because Reagan didn't say that unemployment wouldn't go up changes everything? Are actual unemployment numbers less credible then words? Ridiculous! Bottom line is Reagan and republican/conservative economic policy was a huge failure during his two terms, cut and dry.

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