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Ronald Reagan

"MISLEADING CLAIM: Ronald Reagan slashed corporate..."



by 43 Jurors

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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img Yuri Michael posted a review

REALITY: First of all, Reagan didn’t “do” either of these things as it is implied here. They are both matters handled by Congress and the Social Security Amendment was also favored by Democrats (and yet Reagan is receiving all the blame). In civics 101, you learn that the legislative branch passes the laws and the executive branch signs them.

Nonetheless, this meme is still misleading.

The corporate tax rate has never been 70%. During the Reagan years, the top rate was 46%. By the time he left office, it was 34%...hardly the change depicted in the meme.

The 1983 Social Security Amendment did indeed tax social security income. Even though the amendment was called the “Reagan-O’Neill Amendment”, it’s worth repeating that Reagan didn’t enact it on his own. House Speaker Tip O’Neill was a Democrat. The sponsor was Representative Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL). It was co-sponsored by Rep Barber B. Conable Jr. (R-NY) and Rep J. J. Pickle (D-TX).

In fact, the 1983 amendment was entirely a bipartisan effort. Thus, to blame Reagan is quite the mischaracterization of what actually happened. Many conservatives actually criticized Reagan’s stance on the 1983 law. It did, however, keep Social Security financially solvent for at least some time.

CONCLUSION: Don’t be a partisan hack. You’ll overlook important pieces of political history.

on May 10, 2017

img Sid Poduval posted a review

"My fellow Americans, it pleases me to announce that I just signed legislation banning communism worldwide. The bombing starts in 5 mins"

on April 6, 2017

img Zainab Zaidi posted a review

1. 20 million jobs
2. GDP average of 4.7%
3. Unemployment fell from 10.8% to 5.2%
4. Median income increased by 4K
5. Nearly four million out of poverty

on November 25, 2016

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img Cool Joe posted a review

convicted of genocide. Reagan sent him weapons, money, and military trainers, and defended him as "a man of great integrity" "getting a bum rap."

What Rios Montt carried out, with Reagan's help.

In Nicaragua, Reagan created the Contras, outright terrorists.

El Salvador was ordered bombed by Reagan by US planes in Panama. He also sent weapons, money, and military advisors to a dictatorship that murdered tens of thousands of mostly farmers, plus these American nuns.
Reagan's Defense Sec'y actually tried to claim the nuns must have gotten into a gunfight with soldiers.

Over 300,000 Central American deaths because of Reagan's fanaticism. I would not call him moral at all.

on October 5, 2016

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img Matt Galligan posted a review

If the U.S.A. had elected Carter to a second term, then it would be leading the world in high speed rail, alternative energy use, research and other futuristic technologies. Instead, the unpatriotic, immoral and unethical Ronald Reagan and its administration of most convicted Felons to operate the White House, supported "Freedom Fighters" Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Al-CIAda, the Taliban; Death Squads in El Salvador and Guatemala, along with the Treason fomenting Iran-Contra weapons for cocaine agenda, while nearly tripling the federal deficit, allowing Congress to raid the Social Security fund, The S&L bailout scandal and other misguided domestic/foreign policies that only benefited a few.

It's sad that a B-rated actor, who contributed to the delinquency of aspiring, adolescent Hollywood actresses, so he could prey on them, as governor of California took the state from being #1 in education to #1 in incarceration laid the foundation of where the country finds itself today.

on September 17, 2016

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img May Sampsons posted a review

I went from being a huge Reagan fan, to hating him, to being generally apathetic about him. I look back at his legacy, especially his continuence of Nixon's obsession with courting southern religious conservatives away from the Democratic party, and realize how destructive it's been for the nation.

on August 12, 2016

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img Anonymous posted a review

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.

on May 2, 2016

img Anonymous posted a review

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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MISLEADING CLAIM: Ronald Reagan slashed corporate tax rate from 70% to 28% and taxed social security as income
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