Ronald Reagan's Legacy. Coming up on the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's Birth there will no doubt be many tributes coming to the most revered GOP President among his followers since Dwight Eisenhower, or maybe Theodore Roosevelt.
Some pundits today doubt if Reagan's record of closing tax loop holes and making attempts to find compromises with the Democrats in Congress in the 80's would earn him praise among the Tea Party Crowd of today.
Jim Rice in Sojourners Magazine has a few reflections on Reagan's larger legacy, an era of under-regulated government and corporate malfeasance that was the catalyst to the economic mortgage and investment banking bubble that has shed trillions of dollars and millions of jobs out of the US economy.
"So go ahead, praise Reagan as a likeable man. Hold him up as a model of civility in contrast to the flame-throwing rhetoric his successors wield today. Even give him credit for recognizing the horror of nuclear weapons and seeking their abolition. But don’t let the revisionists whitewash one of the most damaging presidencies of the 20th century and the dangerous legacy it left us."