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What was so great about Reagan?

In the question of best president in our history many answered Reagan. I was wondering why. I will give that he had a great positive outlook and charisma, he was an actor after all. But what did he do that was so great? I don't buy that he single handedly ended the cold war, from what I know of history and econ the USSR was doomed to fail no matter what. St Ronny may have made some decisions that helped it along but it was really more of a being in the right place at the right time kind of thing.
He had the highest number of convicted cabinet members, privatized and deregulated us. Brought us Iran/Contra, left us with defecits and a recession. Spent billions on his star wars that never worked. Nancy had "Just say no" with a coked out Drew Barrymore for spokesperson.

Please be specific. What did he accomplish and what did he do, exactly, to get ot done?

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Friday

Asked by Friday at 8:12 PM on Apr. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What was so great about Reagan?


    She's my daughter =)  Sorry---had to say it.

    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 8:14 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • Trickle down economics :) He fixed the economy the Carter and others had destroyed- he made patriotism a good thing again AND he and his cabinet DID bring down the wall- others didn't try as hard or make the connection with the USSR that he did
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • He set the precedent to fund AIDS research to levels which far exceeded even what was being spent on cancer at the time.

    He set a precedent of standing up to abusive unions (too bad we haven't had more of that, GM and Chrysler would be far better off)

    He attacked Libya instead of waiting for them to fly a plane into a large building

    He appointed the first female Supreme Court Justice

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:22 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • How did he fix the economy? When he left office we were headed for a recession. Remember how Bush Sr had to break his promise of no new taxes? How did he make patriotism a good thing?


    The USSR was doomed to fail with or w/o Ronnys help he just helped bankrupt it by spending so much on defense they couldn't keep up. Pope John Paul was an important of it as well.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 8:24 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • OK, NP, I'll give him standing up to unions and the first female USSC justice. He did bomb Libya but cut and ran from Beirut. His admin also helped create Al Qaeda by training OBL and his ilk to fight the USSR then leaving them high and dry.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 8:27 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • After Carter anyone would look good. The President after Obama (Carter 2.0) will have the same good fortune. lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:42 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • How did he fix the economy? When he left office we were headed for a recession.

    Recessions happen. Bush inherited one when Clinton left office. They happen.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • Lets see, he created multiple loop holes for companies to ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks to do so and they also didn't have to worry about any labor laws


    He traded WEAPONS for HOSTAGES (after stating publicly he wouldn't negotiate with terrorists) He armed Iran insurgents,made a deal with them to fight Russia on our behalf sent the CIA to train them (including Osama Bin Laden) then when they miraculously did it...deserted them to save his own butt.


    He also has a record. He raised the taxes by more than any other peace time president

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:45 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • Reagan made one of the greatest ideological about-faces in the history of the presidency, agreeing to a $165 billion bailout of Social Security. In almost every way, the bailout flew in the face of conservative ideology. It dramatically increased payroll taxes on employees and employers, brought a whole new class of recipients--new federal workers--into the system, and, for the first time, taxed Social Security benefits, and did so in the most liberal way: only those of upper-income recipients. (As an added affront to conservatives, the tax wasn't indexed to inflation, meaning that more and more people have gradually had to pay it over time.)

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:52 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • By expanding rather than scaling back entitlements, Reagan--and Newt Gingrich after him--demonstrated that conservatives could not and would not launch a frontal assault on Social Security, effectively conceding that these cherished New Deal programs were central features of the American polity.
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0301.green.html
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:52 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

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