Today on Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

“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.

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5 Responses to Today on Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

  1. Rob says:

    I was an enthusiastic supporter of Ronald Reagan back in the 80’s and voted for him both times, but looking back these days I am frankly disappointed by the man. He certainly said the things I want to hear, but his actions put the lie to his words.

    It is time people stopped judging politicians by what they _say_ and start judging them by what they _do_. (“By their fruits ye shall know them.”) By that standard, Reagan was an abysmal failure as a “libertarian.”

  2. Britt Howard says:

    Well, to be fair…..Reagan was a Republican and not a Libertarian.

    While I agree that many politicians don’t walk the talk, I heartily disagree with you on Reagan. Reagan did push through tax cuts and de-regulation. Just plain fact.

    Judging him by what he said AND did, he’s still my favorite modern day president.

    • Don Tabor says:

      Let’s also remember that Reagan faced a hostile Congress, never having a majority to work with. What he accomplished he did through persuasion and against members of the Rockefeller wing of his own party which tried from the day he was nominated to destroy him.

      In the context of his times, he was the best we have had in my lifetime.

  3. wtf says:

    I remember as a child he made me feel safe against the “evil” Russians.Of course now I have Russian friends my age that thought the same about us.
    I did not realize how much I respected him until he died and was watching some clips of his old speeches.A great front-man for our Country .I believe he loved America.
    Happy Birthday JW and thanks for your efforts.
    Great job with the trial Doc.T , great site.

  4. Len Rothman says:

    Actually, Reagan did have a Senate Republican majority when he took office (53-46-1), but not in the house. I believe the Republicans maintained a majority in the Senate until 1987.
    He rode a wave of optimism until his second term when his runaway spending increased our debt, the market crashed and Iran-Contra destroyed his credibility. Of course, following the Carter administration capped with the hostage crisis, he was a refreshing change. He was also a great speaker, and that certainly helped in taking his case to the public when Congress was balking.

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