I had to repost this from Reddit (user: Pilebsa)
Reagan in a nutshell
- Iran-Contra treason.
- Lied about it.
- Likely encouraged Iran to keep US Embassy hostages until he was into office.
- Supply-side economics.
- National debt tripled.
- $12 billion trade surplus –> $100+ billion trade deficit.
- Deregulated savings and loans, precipitated huge economic crisis.
- Tax raiser.
- Taxed the poor, cut taxes for the rich.
- SDI “Star Wars” boondoggle.
- Military spending increased to match imaginary spending in USSR.
- Deregulation caused oil bust.
- Broke air traffic control union.
- Gutted social welfare.
- Release of mental patients without recourse, homeless population up.
- Ignored AIDS crisis.
- Abstinence-only sex education.
- Strengthened ATF, banned automatic weapons, blamed Democrats for it.
- Increased spending for War on Drugs.
- National drinking age of 21.
- Underfunded NEA.
- EPA Superfund grants manipulated to help Republicans in local elections.
- Deregulated kids’ tv, initiated 22 minute toy ads.
- Killed energy programs.
- Crack in the ghettos. (? Due to support for Contras and Noriega?)
- Wars all over Central America, incl Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras.
- Promoted Iran-Iraq war.
- Sent Marines into Beirut, abandoned mission after terrorist bombing.
- Broke detente with USSR until Gorbachev personally made things better.
- Backed Contras in drug running schemes.
- Supported right-wing dictators and movements everywhere, including:
- Apartheid regime in SA.
- Marcos regime in Phillipines.
- Saddam Hussein and Baathist regime in Iraq, even after Kurds gassed.
- Taliban in Afghanistan.
- Manuel Noriega in Panama.
- Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
- Welfare queens.
- Trees cause pollution.
- Ketchup as a vegetable.
- 30+ convicted appointees.
- Ed Meese at Justice, porn freak.
- James Watt at Interior, idiot, corrupt.
- William Casey at CIA, religious nut, strikes into Uzbekistan. (? Uzb part of USSR, maybe mean Afghanistan?)
- HUD a corrupt mess in general.
- Politicised CIA.
- Robert Bork to SCOTUS (failed), segregationist and asshole.
- Antonin Scalia, same but he got in.
- Unfit to serve due to Alzheimer’s disease by term’s end.
- Horrible excuse for a human being in general.
- Backed Moral Majority.
- Pardoned Robert Walker, who went on to kill his wife.
- Started presidential campaign at racist murder crime scene in Philadelphia, MS.
- Laid wreath and made speech at SS cemetery in Germany.
- Vietnam War a “noble cause.”
- Helped start right-wing noise machine. (? By promoting myth of liberal media?)
- Hated sex, made Ron Jr. feel like a sissy and quit ballet.
- Dumb as a stump.
- Believed in astrology and used it to run government.
- Innovated “talking points” cue cards.
- “I don’t recall” to weasel out of press questions.
- Confused movies with reality.
- Outlawed Russia forever, started bombing in five minutes.
One of the responses answered the next question: “And he has hero status why?”
A Reagan supporter once told me:
“Reagan didn’t take shit from anybody”.
Another supporter once said to me:
“You gotta admit, Reagan dealt a death blow to Communism”.
My simple interpretation: A lot of people (including smart people) liked Reagan’s style. Unfortunately, they were terribly ignorant of his actual policies.
In fact, even people who hate Reagan are often ignorant of the full scale of his damage. They just remember something that hit them personally, for example: (quote) “he cut my student loan”
Bottom line is presidential charisma + ignorant populace = reason #1
Reason #2 is a vast right-wing conspiracy that knows the truth but is trying to rewrite history. They’re the ones reponsible for plastering Reagan’s name on buildings everywhere, etc.