The truth about Reagan
This is in response to an opinion piece titled Reagan's Legacy by a stout liberal who has a love affair with Obama. Here are the real facts about Reagan, not the rewrite of history.
Reagan inherited a nation with 16 tax brackets – ranging from marginal rates of 14 percent to 70 percent. By 1989, that was down to two brackets – with marginal rates of 15 percent and 28 percent. Tax rates dropped while revenues to the treasury doubled in eight years under Reagan and 20 million jobs were created. The 1980s saw the greatest peacetime prosperity since just after WW2. Reagan reined in medicare spending.
When Reagan gave amnesty to a few hundred thousand illegals, this is what happened. Reagan thought he was trading a small amnesty for all-important, workplace enforcement and increased border security. But once the amnesty was done and multiplying far beyond expectations, the special interests led by the Democratic-controlled Congress went to work at killing enforcement at the employment place.
In May 1967, then-Governor Reagan signed into law the “Therapeutic Abortion Bill,” which allowed abortions to protect the woman’s “physical or mental health.” He did so saying he agreed with “the moral principle of self-defense,” i.e., that if 100,000 California women were “desperate enough” to undergo illegal abortions every year, he could at least make it safer for some of them. Later, however, he was left with a sense of guilt and he blamed the increase in abortions on the doctors, saying that they had deliberately misinterpreted the law. He later became a stout advocate against abortion.
He increased the size of the federal government workforce by increasing the size of the military that had been badly decimated by Carter. Reagan had to work with an all Democratic Congress.
Reagan also loved his country and his military. That is why he created the Department of Veterans Affairs due to nearly one-third of the population being eligible for veterans benefits.
Under Reagan, America was a great nation and superpower. Under Obama, it is not. That is a fact.