Oh no you dii’int; oh YES i did! Ronald Reagan is seen by the right as a conservative hero, a transformative president. You could play a drinking game with the number of times the Presidential candidates invoke his name. If Ronnie was running in this cycle I think he would have been out of the race before the buffoon from Texas, seriously I think the far right/tea party groups would have looked at his record and deemed him not committed enough or conservative enough. Ronnie is famous for saying “if we agree 80% of the time we can work out the 20%” In today’s world that statement and whomever said it or agreed with it, would be driven out of Washington. So, we know that Reagan could compromise. Imagine what we could get done today if both sides compromised? Instead we have a congress where “its my way or the highway” as Olympia Snowe pointed out as one of her reasons for not seeking reelection. A government can’t run with no compromise; thats called a dictatorship. People always say Obama had both houses of congress the first 2 years of his administration. While this is technically true, many of the Democrats were the so called Blue Dog Dems who were too afraid to vote for Obamas agenda, they were afraid of losing their jobs.
The problems facing this country are huge, staggering unemployment, unseen numbers of long term unemployed, poverty, the stability of social security and medicare, the health care epidemic and of course the national dept. Imagine if Ronnie was alive now and went to tackle all of those issues with the 80/20 mindset. You can’t negotiate with people that say no to everything. All of you Reagan loving people, follow his example of compromise. Don’t forget Ronnie raised taxes 17 times during his administration. SEVENTEEN TIMES!
I think the situation in Washington is even worse than it seems. I think the Republican party decided before Obama was inaugurated that they would block everything he tried to do. And thats exactly what they have done. What if they were willing partners in 2009; what if we had had that $1.8T stimulus and today we were at full employment with a growing GDP and economy. I am disgusted, as I am sure many Americans are, about the lack of accomplishments in Washington. The Republicans need to study Ronnie more, learn from his successes and how he won them. If Ronnie was alive he would be supporting Barack Obama today.