June 15, 2004


Resolute in Rhetoric, Reagan and Bush Part Ways in Deed (Ronald Brownstein, June 14, 2004, LA Times)

Bush critics point to an aspect of Reagan's legacy that received far less attention last week than his rhetorical constancy: his operational flexibility on several major issues.

Although Reagan never abandoned his criticism of "big government," he did agree to significantly raise taxes one year after his 1981 tax cuts helped open the largest federal deficits ever.

And for all his denunciations of the Soviet Union, Reagan ultimately engaged in historic, high-stakes negotiations with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

In all these ways, Bush's critics argue that Reagan demonstrated a more sophisticated outlook and a greater willingness to transcend his ideology than conventional wisdom assumes. They see Bush failing to meet Reagan's standard by implementing more tax cuts amid massive deficits and invading Iraq despite broad international opposition.

Yeah, remember how when the Democrats, Congress, and the rest of the world opposed Mr. Reagan's efforts to topple the Sandinistas how he gave up the idea? Oh, wait...never mind....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2004 8:23 AM
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