We hear a lot from the conservative right praising Reagan as if he was the very baby Jesus they so desperately wish to meet again. But the truth is that Reagan, by today’s standards at least, was a flaming liberal. He stood for everything our current Pinko-in-chief stands for, yet somehow he’s the good guy, while Obama is the devil.
Here are just 9 reasons why Ronald Reagan was the most liberal president we’ve had in modern history, and give me yours in the comments and I’ll post a follow-up with more reasons why.
1 – Reagan Passed Massive Tax Increases
Former Reagan advisor Bruce Bartlett wrote in 2003 that “according to a recent Treasury Department study, TEFRA alone raised taxes by almost 1 percent of the GDP, making it the largest peacetime tax increase in American history.” Moreover, Reagan also backed a $3.3 billion gasoline tax and increased the Social Security tax rate. That’s pretty liberal.
2 – Reagan Negotiated with the Enemy
The Soviet Union fell soon after his presidency ended, but Reagan met and negotiated with Gorbachev – the head of the “evil empire” as Reagan himself labeled the Soviet Union. Not once, not twice, but frequently.
3 – Reagan Loved the Gays
Reagan was a trend setter in his ardent opposition to the Briggs Initiative in California, which would’ve banned gays and lesbians from teaching in the public schools. It was his opposition that helped defeat the measure. If this isn’t a rainbow-colored flag of victory, what is?
4 – Reagan Loved Illegals
Reagan granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in 1986, a position you’d be hard-pressed to find among contemporary republicans, especially those who exault Reagan to near-deity status. In 1986, Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants, required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status, and granted amnesty to approximately 3 million illegal immigrants who entered the United States prior to January 1, 1982, and had lived in the country continuously. Does this mean he likes Donkey Shows?
5 – Reagan was Pro-Abortion
While Reagan served as Governor of California in 1967, he made abortion legal. He understood the value of choice as it impacted American society, and he supported that freedom.
6 – Reagan was more Pro-Gun Control than Obama
In a 1991 editorial, Reagan wrote that the Brady Act would provide a crucial “enforcement mechanism” to end the “honor system” of the 1968 Gun Control Act and said that it “can’t help but stop thousands of illegal handgun purchases.” What a pinko.
7 – Reagan Liked Bombing
He authorized the bombing of Libya, which is mighty similar to what Obama did in Syria. Sure, this is a republican thing, but if we’re giving Reagan credit for left-wing thinking, we have to give Obama credit for right-wing thinking too.
8 – Reagan Denounced Torture
Yes, Reagan denounced the use of torture and believed it shouldn’t be used under any circumstances. he signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture in 1988. Something John McCain should read and cringe in his very ill-fitting boots about.
9 – Reagan Loved the Poor
While president, Ronald Reagan allowed visitors to come to the White House and see him, and frequently he redressed their concerns with his check book. Not a congressional check book, mind you, but his own, personal check book. He understood need and addressed it when he personally saw it, from his fortune as an actor and corporate spokesman.
Despite cutting taxes once in 1981, Reagan raised corporate taxes and many other taxes on top of it, and not by a little, but by a lot. The bigger thing is that he also hired more government workers. 200,000 more to be exact. He knew that he couldn’t cut his way out of a recession, he had to grow the way out.
So tell me, how are the republicans of today in any way like their beloved Ronald Reagan?