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Feb
11

reagan: a conservative icon. err…..

Brian Goldsmith (The Atlantic): …. As governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed the law that legalized abortion in California, that allowed no-fault divorce for the first time, and he championed and approved the largest tax increase in state history…

He raised sales, corporate, inheritance, liquor and cigarette taxes, and the top income tax rate …. Under Governor Reagan, the California Air Resources Board (so-called “command and control” environmental regulation) was founded, and real spending increased almost 13 percent – more than under his Democratic successor, Jerry Brown. Reagan even signed the Mulford Act, “prohibiting the carrying of firearms on one’s person or in a vehicle, in any public place or on any public street.”

As president, Reagan raised taxes at least seven times. In 1982 alone, he raised taxes twice, including the largest peacetime tax increase in American history … he also raised spending by nearly a quarter in real terms – more than double the increase under President Clinton. In all, Reagan grew the federal civilian workforce by about 200,000; Clinton cut it by about 200,000. The national debt skyrocketed from $700 billion to nearly $3 trillion…

…he also negotiated sweeping arms control deals with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He even signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture that banned harsh interrogation techniques even under “exceptional circumstances.” (Today’s GOP leaders attack the UN and oppose relatively modest arms control treaties like New START.)

On social issues, Reagan’s record was even less conservative. He spoke about prayer in schools and ending abortion rights – but did little about either. He appointed the pro-choice Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. He even granted amnesty – yes, amnesty – to nearly three million illegal immigrants.

In a 1984 campaign debate, Reagan said, “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.” Here’s a thought: some reporter should tell Palin a Democrat had just spoken those words. Somehow it seems doubtful her response would be, “How Reaganesque”.

Read the full article here – and pass it on to your Reagan-worshiping conservative friends 😉


1 Response to “reagan: a conservative icon. err…..”


  1. 1 Sue in Minnesota
    February 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    This needs to be rubbed in their faces……the embrace of Ronald Reagan by conservatives exposes their factless ignorance. In light of the facts, I find this hero worship of Reagan to be smugly amusing, and at the same time disturbing that so many Americans are so sheepishly led.


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