Friday, February 4, 2011

The Myth of Ronald Reagan: Facts Contradict the Gipper's Anti-Tax Legacy

Ronald Reagan would have been 100 years old on Sunday, so lots of folks are celebrating the former president's legacy. Republicans and Democrats alike are remembering Reagan's accomplishments with pride.

Unfortunately for Reagan's most ardent fans, history and myth are very different things. The RR Fan Club presents Reagan as a great tax-cutter, but that's not the full story. As it happens, Reagan did cut taxes but, contrary to the myth, he also raised them. More than once. Several times, in fact.

You can't blame this truth-telling on liberals. In fact, David Stockman, RR's former budget chief, has been fighting the myth for some time now, most recently in an NPR report on Reagan's tax legacy.

In short, it's wishful thinking to claim (as many GOPers do) that Reagan was consistently anti-tax.

Hear Stockman and historian Douglas Brinkley set the record straight here.


Tulsan said...

Whether it be the Constitution, the Ten Commandments, or the Gipper, a large element of the right-wing wants to make them sacred cows, then fill them with their own meanings that thereby become sacrosanct.

But they can't remember many Commandments, they don't know the Constitution, nor do they really know the Gipper except as an inkblot for their own whacked-out projection.

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