Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989). Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), and was a radio, film and television actor.

Born in Tampico, Illinois, and raised in Dixon, Reagan was educated at Eureka College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. After graduating, Reagan moved first to Iowa to work as a radio broadcaster and then, in 1937, to Los Angeles where he began a career as an actor, first in films and later television. Some of his most notable films include Knute Rockne, All American (1940), Kings Row (1942), and Bedtime for Bonzo (1951). Reagan served as President of the Screen Actors Guild and later as a spokesman for General Electric (GE); his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, his positions began shifting rightward in the 1950s, and he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. [1]

One of the last photos the family released of Reagan was taken on Feb. 6, 2000, his 89th birthday. It shows him and his wife at home, in matching red sweaters, sharing a kiss and cake, the former president still looking trim. As late as the year before, his biographer Edmund Morris reported, Reagan was still strong enough to rake leaves from the family pool, but even that basic household chore had become tinged with sadness. "He will rake leaves for hours, not realizing that they are being surreptitiously replenished by his Secret Service men," Morris wrote. In a March 2001 interview with CNN's Larry King, Nancy Reagan said she no longer allowed visitors to see her husband - and even she could no longer reach him. "I think Ronnie would want people to remember him as he was," she said, explaining his seclusion. [2]

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If we disregard his economy policy for a moment, we can appreciate Reagan as a strong President required in a time like that in stark constrast to Jimmy Carter, a pacifist who wasn't exactly what America needed. Ronald Reagan propped up our defense, laid the foundation of many key technologies . I would even say if the Star Wars Program wasn't scrapped due to our lack of funding and shortsightedness in the Congress, we would have pwned even more arses.

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After the first 5 years of his presidency, Reagan raised taxes on high-income earners, and expanded the size of the federal government by 100%. He exited with a national debt that was almost 4 trillion dollars higher than when he entered. He did cut tax rates at first for the rich, but then in the following years he raised taxes 12 times which proved to be hellish for the middle and lower classes. 

He also happened to get very lucky in the ending of the Cold War. The USSR could collapse on its own anyway. We don't have to pin the medal of honor on Reagon's chest. He traded weapons for hostages.

on April 10, 2016
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Democrats are really the master manipulators. They bend lies until they become facts. They insulted a great president until he became the public enemy.

Ronald Reagan was another victim in Democrats' propaganda war. He was in fact a very good president. Not great, but very good. It was under his watch that America eventually won the Cold War. Unlike Obama, he did not cave in the demand that America be rendered a socialist state. Under him, America and our values flourished.

on July 10, 2014
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I was raised to blame Reagan and Republicans for raising the National Debt. And looking at both the raw data and the inflation-adjusted numbers, it would appear Reagan played quite a role in increasing the national debt. Cutting taxes and increasing spending did not work out. The idea of the "Laffer Curve" (that there is an ideal "taxation point") didn't work its magic for the USA. Not that the concept of an ideal taxation point is wrong... but perhaps the USA is already on the "not enough taxation" part of that curve... and cutting taxes further in the 80s did not help.

Of course, my family disliked Reagan more for his actions as governor. Shutting down mental hospitals that caused more homeless to wind up on the streets. I'm not going to give him an all out "1" rating. When I go back now and watch the debates between him and Bush/Carter/Mondale, they are all much more civil than what I see in modern elections.

on June 14, 2014
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Guilty of many crimes. Stupidity was one but not the most serious of them. He was responsible for aiding Saddam Hussein which of course led to the death of a million people in the Iraq-Iran war. This involvement then led to more U.S. entanglement in the Middle East which would later be known as the Gulf War.

Reagan funded Ossama bin Laden, later known as the greatest enemy of the United States, in order to displace the Russians. The Muhjadeen would later become the Taliban and Al Quada because of the power vaccuum left by the fall of a Soviet backed government. Don't even mention the messed up economy left behind by Reagan.

on June 11, 2014
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The people here spoke as if his tenure had any long term negative effects on America. If he had stayed away from politics or hadn't been elected would America be better off than today? I doubt it.

on March 26, 2014
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Reagan is as bad as any president can get. He raised tax like 11 times. He trained Bin Laden who later became the greatest enemy of America.

on February 21, 2014
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It's funny to read all the comments. The 90+ are obviously conservatives, while the 1 are liberals. When will we learn to be a little more objective? Let's try to take a step back and forget about any political affiliation. Stop pigeonholing things like "He's a Republican so he must be bad".

on February 17, 2014
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Stood up against Communism, while engaging in more diplomacy than all the presidents who have followed, and restored American confidence.

on February 16, 2014

Ted Jansen Restored business to its present position in our plutocracy. Worst President ever.

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He should have kept acting in movies instead of acting like he he didn't screw America.

on February 16, 2014
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Full Name :
Ronald Wilson Reagan
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