No "Reagan Day," Say Some Guvs

Great piece in the Capital Times (Madison, WI) on the refusal of Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) and others to proclaim Feb. 6 (last Friday) as "Ronald Reagan Day."

Reagan was a fool whose utter lack of comprehension of the polices enacted were on display each time Reagan held a press conference.

Compare that with what we will see tonight as Pres. Obama holds his first prime-time news conference expected to be dominated by questions on the economy as today's news has the "International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the world's advanced economies -- the U.S., Western Europe and Japan -- are 'already in depression.'"

The best that can be said of Reagan is that he was not George W. Bush, but he tried.

Some highlights from the lightweight's two terms as president:

- Huge expansion of the deficit and debt

  • Declaring the country of Nicaragua such a threat to the United States' national security that Reagan proclaimed a state of "national emergency"
  • Iran-Contra Gate

One can go on and on.

Reagan commissar Grover Norquist is quoted in the piece. Norquist is the intense Reagan cheerleader who wants more statutes, buildings, holidays and pictures of Reagan installed throughout the U.S. than Stalin ever had in the Soviet Union.

From the Capital Times' feel-good piece on Doyle's refusal to budge on Reagan:

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle was one of only a handful of governors to deny recognition of the late president, according to the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project based in Washington, D.C.

'By refusing to honor President Reagan, Gov. Jim Doyle has put pusillanimous petty partisanship above patriotism,' said Grover Norquist, chairman of the group, in a press release. 'Ronald Reagan was a man loved by the American people and citizens abroad. Ignoring his legacy of leadership ignores the strength and value of freedom and democracy. Gov. Jim Doyle should be ashamed.'

Fifteen governors (14 Democrats and one Republican) refused to issue a proclamation. Five did not respond to the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project's request.


Thank you Gov. Doyle! Always said that you were a good man.

Tags: Capital Times, Grover Norquist, Jim Doyle, Nicaragua, President Ronald Reagan, soviet (all tags)

Comments

6 Comments

Say what you want about Reagan...

...the guy was teflon.  Nothing stuck to him.  Further, as disasterous as his policies were in the long term, during his tenure we were prosperous, not to mention finally victorious in the Cold War.

I don't like Reagan or Bush the Elder, and they did some pretty awful things.  They were, however, real presidents, unlike the clowning fratboy we just got done with.

All that said, giving him a holiday seems like the Vatican rushing through canonization of a popular pope.  Let's wait and see if there are any miracles to speak of, first, eh?  Doyle is kinda a goof, but it's hard not to like him.

by Dracomicron 2009-02-09 05:37AM | 0 recs
Ronald Reagan and his minions

supported despots in South and Central America.  Because of his capitalism overrides any and everything mentality, people died at the hands of Pinochet and other despots.   People were erased, went missing, murdered and tortured because they dared to fight for the right to organize into unions, wanted to demand decent pay, and wanted lands stolen from them given back.  

Reagan's policies and actions (as far back as the McCarthy era) hurt workers.

by Jjc2008 2009-02-09 07:02AM | 0 recs
Oh, no doubt.

Not arguing with you.  The point is, none of that stuck to him in the eyes of the public, and he did lead us to short-term prosperity.

George the Elder put people like Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega into power when he was head of the CIA; he went to war against them to both clean up his own messes and to provide the model for brush wars that Cheney and Rumsfeld would try to continue implementing with their post-9/11 activities.

I'm not saying that these are good people, I'm saying that they did actually act like presidents, and it's easy to see how, especially for a figure like Reagan who has been beatified since his death, would gain support for having a state holiday.

by Dracomicron 2009-02-09 07:18AM | 0 recs
Re: No "Reagan Day," Say Some Guvs

Excellent comment:

The best that can be said of Reagan is that he was not George W. Bush, but he tried.

We are in our current fiscal crisis only because George Bush outdid Reagan at his own game. Bush was Reagan personified. Anyone who would propose a Ronald Reagan Day is totally oblivious to the damage Reaganomics, the Darwinian solution to sharing the wealth, did to our country. We are probably going into another Depression because of it, because of the philosophy of greed that Reagan espoused, and George Bush pushed to the extreme.

So why isn't Obama following through with cutting the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy?

by MainStreet 2009-02-09 05:49AM | 0 recs
Don't pick fights you don't have to

So why isn't Obama following through with cutting the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy?

The Bush tax cuts have a sunset clause; they'll all be over by 2011, and some sooner.

While I'd like to see them axed sooner, Obama does have more important things to be spending his time on than a problem that will go away on its own.

by Dracomicron 2009-02-09 06:00AM | 0 recs
The airport

just outside of Washington in Arlington is, and will always remain to me "Washington National Airport."

by Khun David 2009-02-09 09:19AM | 0 recs

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