quote:Republicans today would deem him a socialist marxist dictator. The tea party would reject him and wouldn't allow him from speaking in any of their events. I like Reagan because he was pragmatic and he made concessions if only he was running instead of Romney I'd think he would avoid being the Tea Party's bitch
In 1981, Reagan proposed a large tax cut. But when deficits became a problem, he supported tax increases and signed 11 of them into law. Among them was the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, the largest peacetime tax increase in American history
quote:How very odd. You were under the impression Ronald Reagan authored TEFRA? Really?
Republicans today would deem him a socialist marxist dictator.
quote:You are under the impression Romney is the Tea Party's "bitch". Really? Man that's one of the oddest assertions I've seen here -- and there are some real oddities on this board.
if only he was running instead of Romney I'd think he would avoid being the Tea Party's bitch
You really are just an angry, angry person aren't you?
Reagan became Reagan in August of 1981 when he skullfricked the air traffic controllers and their ill-advised strike. Carter would have given in. So would Obama. Reagan earned the respect of many who had not voted for him. It was a courageous act at the time, a period when unions were held in much higher regard than they are today. He had been elected as an alternative to a weak and ineffective Carter. He rolled the dice and won big. And so did the country as a whole.
On the other hand, most of Dole's tax increase was actually the partial repeal of future tax cuts that had been enacted in 1981 but had not yet taken place. Despite Dole's bill, taxpayers received more than $375 billion in tax cuts over the following three years