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Goodbye, Mr. President


It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.
“…let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”
-Ronald Reagan

I watched most of a 2.5 hour special last night on the History channel.
One of the most simple things really stuck out for me last night.
Even after he became president, he would go back to the ranch in California and work. This guy is over 70 years old and they showed him cutting down old trees and using the chain saw to then cut it into smaller, managable pieces.
You could easily tell that this was not done for publicity as the guy handled the chainsaw and the job with ease.
Nancy talked about how they'd take these "vacations" and he spent 8 hours a day working like this. He'd get back to the ranch around 5:30, completely filthy from the days work and he absolutely loved it.
There was something about that part of him that just struck me. He was a hard working guy and there was nothing fake about him. 8 years in the White house never changed him. He was a simple, decent man.
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Reagan was all about his image

Christ, Nancy was still trying to doctor it for the past 10 years. And now the Republicans are trying to do the same, leaving out things like the national debt tripling or Iran-Contragate conveniently. All he did was spend a lot of money to make Americans feel good about themselves, if only for a shortwhile and only to burden future generations with the incurred debts. Christ, if I could do that, I'd have a lot of people who thought highly of me. Louis4Prez2008 !
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It never ceases to amaze me...the (feigned?) ignorance of the Democrats concerning the deficit of the Reagan years. As anyone who knows anything at all about how the U.S. government works knows, it is CONGRESS which develops and passes budgets, not the White House. The President recommends a budget, but can only veto a budget, not change it at his whim. (There is no Line-item veto, remember?) If memory serves me correctly, wasn't it the DEMOCRATS who contolled Congress during the Reagan (and Bush I) years? During those 8 (12) years, Congress passed larger budgets than the President recommended. So, I guess Reagan is guilty of not fighting the Democrats harder over THEIR budget.

Now, if you want to criticize the present, REPUBLICAN-Controlled Congress over its ridiculous spending...I'll be the first to agree with you.

Oh, as for Iran-Contra ...gee, Reagan's people helped funnel weapons to fight the Communists in Nicaragua. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with the fact that the DEMOCRAT contolled Congress was against aiding the Contras in the first place. I wasn't surprised though. After all, the Democrats never met a Communist that they didn't like.
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Yes we should really be concerned about the communist threat from Central America or Cuba. I think you've watched Red Dawn once too often. But that brings up a great point: the one thing that I will miss because of Reagan is the production of cheesy movies like Red Dawn, Fire Fox, etc. That was about the only good genre of movies associated with the Reagan name.
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No, of course, Louis... you're right. Why, the communists in Cuba and Central America were no threat, right? Gee..I guess that JFK really over-reacted to that silly little Cuban missile situation, didn't he?

Kent State Buck:
Actually, I believe that Reagan's Defense budget was larger than what Congress proposed. However, I believe that in terms of the total budget, Congress' was larger than Reagan's every year.
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Cuba has been toothless as a threat ever since nuclear weapons were removed. Next.

See, it's stupid thinking like the Domino Theory that gets us unnecessarily involved in Viet Nam or Neo-con thinking in Iraq. I need to watch out for people like you/that !

Skins, you saying you wouldn't be my VP ?
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Cuba was still a potential troublemaker/staging area for the Soviet Union until its collapse. (Thank you, Mr. Reagan). Nicaragua could have been also, under the Sandinistas and their "idealistic" leader, Danny Ortega, hero to the American Left. (Gee, didn't he turn out to be nothing but a common thief in the end?) Domino theory...well, Louis if that is totally discredited, why were there Cuban troops in Angola?
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