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How the lazy blogger blogs, part the third (for today anyway)


h/t Dependable Renegade

It wasn’t us (updated below. Drat.)

There are dozens of excellent sources and charts available from very credible sources that reinforce the truth of the debt. Reagan and Bush II did the dirty. Clinton and Obama were left to clean up the ‘messes’.

This chart has been graphically sexed up, but the data is right out the US Treasury Dept. (h/t friend Ed)

UPDATE: Okay, this hurts. Links in the comment thread for this post, challenge this chart. The links are to Politifact and WaPo and taken together are persuasive that this info is not entirely honest. I think it is still very fair to say Reagan and Dubya were the worst offenders . . . while the challengers both put Obama at the top based on an assumption that the growth over the next five years will stay at the same rate as the last three. That assumption is, I think, preposterous and somewhat sullies their conclusions.

Nevertheless, I am eating a bit of crow here. And as much as it hurts, I’ve acknowledged as much in the comment thread to the man who provided the links – Alan Scott. How ’bout that.

A random thought

The only US Presidents who raised taxes in the last 31 years were Republican.

The Gipper got it (sometimes)

Between errands and pool and chores and some reading, I have managed some Sunday morning news shows and some time cruising around the intertubes.

Sure! I raised taxes when it was the right thing to do!

Vocally opposed to extending the Bush tax cuts for the richest two percent of us?

Alan Greenspan, who this morning said we need to ‘let them expire’.

David Stockman (the Reagan guy), who has an entire op-ed in The NY Times today, wherein this old time conservative even goes so far as to say “Mr. McConnell’s stand puts the lie to the Republican pretense that its new monetarist and supply-side doctrines are rooted in its traditional financial philosophy”

Just sayin’.

Presented without comment

Except for the emphasis (mine). Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

REAGAN’S LIBERAL LEGACY, CONT’D . . . . California Republicans will nominate their next gubernatorial candidate today, and by all indications, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman will have little trouble defeating state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. The L.A. Times’ George Skelton takes note of a candidate who would have fared poorly in the primary, had he run on his record.

As governor, Reagan was the biggest California spender of the last half century. Under him, state spending leaped 177%. And as president, he spent like the proverbial drunken sailor to expand the Navy and the nuclear missile arsenal while winning the Cold War. He left Washington with a then-record national debt.

His first year as governor, Reagan raised taxes equal to 30% of the state general fund, still a modern record. And as president, he increased taxes several times, although conservatives pretend to remember only the one big tax cut.

As governor, Reagan also helped create the nation’s first tailpipe emissions standards, signed an abortion-rights bill, and expanded Medi-Cal, the nation’s largest Medicaid program (socialized medicine). Immigration, not surprisingly, has been pretty important in this year’s gubernatorial primary, which also makes it worth mentioning that Reagan also backed an amnesty bill in 1986.

As Skelton put it, “Today, Reagan would be branded ‘just another liberal politician’ by the likes of Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.”

Reagan biographer Lou Cannon conceded “Reagan would be hard pressed to get nominated today. Today he would not be in the conservative mainstream. He just simply would not be.”

Actually, today he’d be drawn and quartered and burned in effigy at Tea Party rallies.

Rebranding the gipper

Reagan is being re-purposed by his devoted fans. To fit their own agendas, whatever they may be. Not a nice way to treat your heroes – after they’re dead.

Lifted in its entirely from Andrew Sullivan this evening:

“A nuclear-free world has been a 60-year dream of the Left, just like socialized health-care,”Rudy Giuliani, NRO, 2010.

“A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this Earth.”Ronald Reagan, 1984, in China.

Giuliani isn’t the only one doing this. It’s just the very latest thing! (Because Obama did a bad you know.)

A puzzlement

Both Jane and Ed sent this in. I had seen the commercial myself, and had already begun scratching my graying head about it.

What’s GE going for here? Are they hoping to sell weapons systems directly to Americans? Get us to write our congressmen on their behalf in case the defense budget takes any hits?

I know that it’s going to be good politics to celebrate the Reagan ‘centennial’ (my God, didn’t the man just die? Couldn’t we wait a decent interval and celebrate some other milestone?) but GE doesn’t need to waste an advertising dime to gain the goodwill of the American people. Aren’t they pretty well doing the people’s business 24/7 right now? So what’s the point?

My favorite line is about Reagan’s ‘entrepreneurial spirit’. That’s a cool line for a guy whose life was remarkably free of entrepreneurial anything. A great smile, a great personality, swell hair and people liked him. And there you go.

Take it away G.E. for whatever you are taking it away for.