“Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process ” – Ronald Reagan
“But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.” -Ronald Reagan
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.” Ronald Reagan
From the above words of Reagan, can there be much doubt as to how he would feel about the offered “Stimulus” package? Yes, Reagan was a Republican true to form but, he did share many values that Libertarians hold dear. Limited government and self-rule? How can a Libertarian not appreciate Reagan to at least some degree.
Of the modern day presidents, Reagan is definitely my favorite. This is a bit self-serving though. I have the bragging rights of also claiming February 6th as my birthday. I’m happy to share the day with such a fine man. Many of us will remember Ronald Reagan quite fondly for a long time to come.