Reagan (the Liberal) at 100, Part Two

Lifted from Crooks and Liars, but I felt the need to pass it along:

The reality of Reagan rarely lived up to his glossy coverage, as historian Richard Norton Smith writes:

Before he became an icon, Ronald Reagan was a paradox: a complex man who appeared simple, at once a genial fundamentalist and a conservative innovator. As America’s oldest President, he found his most fervent supporters among the young. The only divorced man to occupy the Oval Office, Reagan as President rarely attended church. He enjoyed a relationship with his own children best described as intermittent. Yet his name was synonymous with traditional values, and he inspired millions of the faithful to become politically active for the first time. During eight years in the White House, Reagan never submitted a balanced budget or ceased to blame Congress for excessive spending. He presided over the highest unemployment rate since World War II and one of the longest peacetime booms ever.

One Response to Reagan (the Liberal) at 100, Part Two

  1. Kathleen says:

    “What Fund doesn’t mention, conveniently, is that the Reagans were destitute during the Great Depression, and the only thing that kept food on their table for years was socialism FDR’s New Deal.

    In his memoirs, Reagan tells us that his father “believed energy and hard work were the only ingredients for success.” During much of the Depression, however, Jack was out of work, until the New Deal employed him in the Works Progress Administration, which distributed food and food stamps to the distressed in Dixon…Reagan does not record his reaction to his father’s work for the WPA.”

    Something else to blame on liberals?

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