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  • What Were Ronald Reagan’s Achievements?

    February 6 is Ronald Reagan’s birthday. While the right has long looked to Reagan as the standard-bearer of conservative leadership, over the past few years, even liberals are waxing Reaganesque.

    For instance, before he was the class warrior in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama invoked the Gipper to support his millionaire tax. As Reagan historian Steven Hayward remarked, “Ever so slowly, liberals are attempting a subtle revisionism” of our 40th President.

    Let’s set the record straight. Just take a look at Ronald Reagan’s greatest achievements as evidence of his conservatism.

    Every President is judged on his performance in two areas: peace and prosperity. By this standard, Ronald Reagan was one of our greatest Presidents, and this is why the last half of the 20th century is often described by historians as the Age of Reagan.

    Reagan’s military buildup and competition with the Soviet Union not only kept America safe but also, in Margaret Thatcher’s memorable phrase, won the Cold War without firing a shot. At home, he persuaded Congress to pass an economic recovery program—centered on cutting marginal tax rates—that sparked an unprecedented period of peacetime prosperity. As important, Reagan lifted the country out of a great psychological depression induced by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and sustained by the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the Jimmy Carter malaise. He did so by appealing to the best in the American character.

    As Reagan explained in his Farewell Address, quoting the Constitution, “We the People” was the underlying basis for everything he tried to do as President.

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    7 Responses to What Were Ronald Reagan’s Achievements?

    1. Rhonda says:

      You will always be in the hearts of Americans! We still love and miss you. You were the BEST!

      • Kim says:

        Amen Rhonda.

        We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. ~ Omar N. Bradley

        America is that star, the Shining City on the Hill as so aptly put by Reagan.

    2. MaryLou says:

      Reagan expanded the Federal Gov't by 61,000, while running on "smaller gov't" platform. He tripled the National Debt!!! NO, he is not the "greatest". We had more peace and prosperity under Bill Clinton!

      • Robert says:

        Yes years after Reagan took out our biggest enemy , stop reading liberal newsites, that try to take down the greatest president of the last part of 20th century because he's not democrat and by 61000 what dollars , departments, employees. What where these people – love how people memorize a number so they can throw it out and don't have specifics.

    3. Dave says:

      Poor Joe…Its easy to believe the revisionist left wing view. When all you know is steel mill labor and thier constant socailist rant. Poor guy..youve drank the cool-aid. But please…to say that Reagan was extremist, is totally backwards. Typical of the Alinsky-ites who have brainwashed many in the name of power.

    4. Robert says:

      I believe the Lenin revolution happen 98 years ago you missed it by two years I believE, this country was made great not by labor unions and redestributionbut by free markets where the governments stay out of the way and let the people make the economy. Take out the military build up for the cold war he wouldve done this with a surplus.

    5. Craig says:

      Dave you are so right! Joe completely ignored the decades low unemployment and wage growth that allowed the budget to be balanced. Blaming Reagan for problems encountered 20 years after he left office is nuts. Keep drinking the cool-aid if it get you through the day Joe.

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