Ronald Reagan R.I.P.

Former president Ronald Reagan died at 93.

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Of all the wonderful Ronald

Of all the wonderful Ronald Reagan quotes, which he came up with while grinding the Soviet Union into a pulp, my personal favourite is this:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

What a man.

He really did leave a lot of

He really did leave a lot of great thoughts behind, this is one of my favs:

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it."

^^ ironic considering his

^^ ironic considering his massive "defense" spending

As with nearly every

As with nearly every President, Congressman, etc, to walk the face of the earth, I don't agree with all of Reagan's policies. The fiscal positives are generally obvious: Tax cuts and deregulation, and the subsequent lower unemployment.

Defense spending was indeed a prime catalyst that saw the federal debt rise to over 2.5 trillion by the time Reagan left office (by comparison, it is now over 7 trillion). Although there will probably be debates until the end of time as to whether the defense spending was instrumental in bringing about the collapse of Soviet Communism and the Iron Curtain, and the result of the controversial deployment of missiles in Western Europe. Regardless, Reagan did a decent job of walking the fine line between tough-talk bravado and weak-kneed capitulation (although I don't remember it to a detail very well... I was a pre-teen and teenager during his terms). He would denounce the "Evil Empire" while meeting Gorbachev halfway in treaties and diplomatic discussion.

Contrary to Bush II, Reagan's non-defense discretionary spending was down across the board, he vetoed 22 spending bills, and never enacting something similar to a Patriot Act.

"and never enacting

"and never enacting something similar to a Patriot Act."

Didn't he really step up the war on drugs?