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  1. James Stanfield

    He would have lots of ideas about how to make the system better. But Tea Party Republicans would make his life so miserable, because of his extreme left-wing ideas, that he would not be able to get anything done.

    1. Just like Obama can’t get anything done, because the OWS-acolytes make his life so miserable because of his extreme right-wing views. Right..?

  2. What would Reagan say if he were giving the State of the Union speech next week?

    He would say many nice things as he always did. The problem is not Reagan’s speeches but how his actions diverted from those speeches.

  3. Todd Mason

    I’m not sure what you mean by cutting the federal register. By number of pages? With a scissors? Otherwise, spending went up under Reagan. Taxes went up. REGULATIONS went up. http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/ronald-reagan-was-no-libertarian. The last clear-eyed Republican president, Eisenhower, warned us about the military industrial complex. Ronnie wasn’t listening.

  4. James M. Kearns

    He’d deregulate. 80K pages in the Fed Register!
    I have to go the pharmacy every 15 days to buy over the counter allergy pills after showing my driver’s licence and signing a statement that I won’t cook meth! Can you believe this???????

  5. Missourimule

    Friends, you miss the tide of history: there was no Tea Party during the time of Ronald Reagan because one wasn’t necessary. The Tea Party has formed because of circumstances, i.e., wild, out-of-control government spending and an increasingly intrusive government . . . . not because of the passage of time. Had we learned and kept the lessons of Ronald Reagan, there would never had been a need for the Tea Party.

    1. Friends, you miss the tide of history: there was no Tea Party during the time of Ronald Reagan because one wasn’t necessary. The Tea Party has formed because of circumstances, i.e., wild, out-of-control government spending and an increasingly intrusive government . . . . not because of the passage of time. Had we learned and kept the lessons of Ronald Reagan, there would never had been a need for the Tea Party.

      But Reagan was responsible for the growth of government too. After promising to eliminate several departments because they were not constitutional he increased their funding. After promising to be a fiscal conservative he convinced fiscal conservatives to raise the debt ceiling and accept massive increases in taxes and spending. He was a fraud who talked a good game but acted just like a typical Democrat.

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