Monday, April 06, 2009

Reagan To Blame For This Economy?

I know. It's one of the dumbest things you've ever heard. But that's what some people are saying. Some geriatric retired public school teacher lib regurgitated this foolishness in my local newspaper so, being a Reaganite, I felt compelled to respond. Here, for your reading pleasure, is my response.

In a recent letter Mr. Kesselring contended that Ronald Reagan is to blame for our current economic situation. Piffle. Poppycock. Balderdash.

Let us remember what this country was like after four years of the Jimmy Carter presidency. When Carter left office, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent and the prime interest rate was 21.5 percent. After four years under Ronald Reagan, unemployment was 5.3 percent and the prime interest rate was 10.5 percent. Under Carter’s watch, 53 Americans were taken hostage and held for 444 days. The day Ronald Reagan took office those hostages were released.

During Reagan’s presidency, America experienced the greatest peacetime growth in history. You can rewrite history but you cannot change facts. When Reagan cut taxes, revenues rose and our economy began to recover.

Compare Jimmy Carter’s famous “malaise” speech with Ronald Reagan’s “It’s Morning In America Again” theme. Carter told us how much trouble America was in. Reagan told us how we had a bright future.

I am tired of socialists trying to change this country into a socialist state. If you want to live in a socialist country where the government has its controlling hand in everything, why don’t you move to one of the European Union countries? Things must be so much better there based on your assessment.

The current Democrat assault on the free market will crush business and when that happens, we will all be standing in line for the new socialist government to take care of us.

I don’t want the government to take money from someone else and give it to me. All I want is the opportunity to succeed on my own. If you don’t work hard in life to be successful, why is it someone else’s responsibility to make up the difference?

My newspaper limits letters to a 300-word max or I could have really unloaded on the guy. It's in my nature to always win one for the Gipper.

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