Funny how the Republican and Libertarian Party stalwarts only remember selective portion of Ronald Reagan's policy pronouncements.
Reagan's push to close tax loopholes for the rich and get budgets balanced with cuts and tax revenue in his second term has totally slipped their minds. He also actually came out for stronger public trade unions---in Eastern Europe at least.
In a Labor Day address in 1980, Ronald Reagan said:
"These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland … They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost."
Funny that today collective bargaining is under attack for American citizens in Ohio and Wisconsin from the likes of GOP Governors Scott Walker of the Badger State and John Kasich or Ohio.
The modern Reaganauts chastise President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress for doing exactly what their own Hollywood-minted shining hero did twenty-five years earlier.
In one way its sad to see how extreme the right end of the political spectrum has gone. No GOP candidate in a recent primary debate would even agree to raise one dollar in tax revenue for every ten dollars in austerity-maniacal tax cuts to everything the government does from deliver the mail to supporting public schools to helping the unemployed get retraining or basic benefits.
One local legislator in southern Oregon, a dandy named Sal Esquivel recently said of the Wall Street protests, "If you want to work you can work, and, if you don't want to work you don't work." Spoken like a man who never had a layoff notice from the boss.
In another light, it's hard for these folks to to argue with The Gipper himself.
Though I'll bet the spinmeisters are hard at work now that this video is out on the Internet.
Here's a reminder from Ed Schultz at MSNBC. Thanks Think Progress.