Won the Cold War
Unleashed the longest economic expansion in American history
President Reagan’s economic policies stimulated the economy, creating 17 million new jobs. One-fourth of the new jobs were created in 68 consecutive months. Black unemployment was cut in half.
We were given incentives to save our money, to work, and to invest because of Reagan’s tax reforms.
The inflation rate decreased to less than 4.4%. Family income rose 12%.
We are now keeping the peace. We drew the line in Grenada, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf, and no countries have fallen to communism during the Reagan era.
The U.S. military was refurbished and strengthened.
We have seen a return to traditional values. Under Reagan, we have seen a cut in federal funding of abortions; emphasis on a strong family unit; and the development of family-oriented public policy.
Educational leaders are now working to sustain moral values and reestablish a clear understanding of right and wrong. The need for values in the curriculum has been trumpeted by the Reagan administration.
People from other nations are flocking to America to follow our example. Our principles of civil and economic freedom are now being copied all over the world.
America Just Prior to the Reagan Administration
1. Seven million Americans were unemployed.
2. We were told to live on less, to buckle our belts and to prepare for scarcity.
3. Americans went through two of the worst years of inflation in 60 years. There was a 13% inflation rate. Family income dropped and we had the highest tax bill in our history.
4. We were on the verge of a major recession.
5. With our cold wars during the ’70s, we inspired our enemies not to be afraid of us. The Soviets refused to come to the bargaining table. Cultural exchanges between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. came to a halt.
6. Disarmament was considered a noble goal. We did not know where to draw the line in our negotiations with the Soviets. Three countries fell to communism under the Carter administration: Benin (1977), Nicaragua (1979), and Zimbabwe (1980).
7. Guns and tanks that did not even work were being sent to battle.
8. Progressive values became fashionable. Social policies emulated the values of a small, vocal minority.
9. Education did not sustain moral values. Educational curricula began to promote “alternative lifesyles,” such as homosexuality.
10. America wore a “kick me” sign on its back. We lost our edge in technology and in global markets due to excessive government regulation, and high taxes which devoured capital.
Now some quotes from the man himself!
How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone that reads Marx and Lenin. How do you tell an Anti-Communist? It's someone that understands Marx and Lenin.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
-Reagan in 1965
We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
We will miss you, forever... Well, as long as we can remember.
I mean, you were our governor at some point and all. Just saying, we have fickle memories. But His legacy will still steam forward
Or for at least another 10 years
So who's invited to his birthday celebration?
the most amazing thing is his son turned out to be an awesome liberal who was a ballet dancer, hosted SNL and is an open atheist. how the fuck that happened I dunno. Then again, he hated his son...
say what you will about the bastard, but at least he proved he could take a bullet
Score one for the gipper!