Reagan never got spending under control -- even with a Republican majority in the Senate.
Reagan appointed Sandra Dee O'Connor, an unconfirmable Robert Bork, and Anthony Kennedy.
Reagan gave back tax cuts one year after enactment (the infamous TEFRA bill, pride & joy of Bob Dole).
Reagan cut and ran in Lebanon.
Reagan gave amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Reagan named moderate George HW Bush his Veep and political heir.
Reagan never hit hard at terrorism other than one attack on Libya.
Don't get me wrong -- I LOVED RR and considered him a great conservative President, but he wasn't perfect by any means.
Overall spending did go up under Reagan. But Reagan was successful in cutting welfare and entitlement spending, shifting those funds to his defense buildup. And Reagan did cut non-defense related discretionary spending during his first term. Bush has done absolutely nothing to reduce spending, or slow it down.
>>>>Reagan appointed Sandra Dee O'Connor, an unconfirmable Robert Bork, and Anthony Kennedy.
Reagan was lied to by Meese and Schultz when it came to O'Conner. Kennedy had the support of the National Right to Life organization and other pro-life groups. After a few years on the court, Kennedy fell into the liberal beltway trap that effects many SC justices.
>>>>Reagan cut and ran in Lebanon.
That's a cheap shot. Reagan came to understand that Lebanaon was an untenable situation. Reagan approved a plan to take out a Iranian revolutionary Guard barracks. It was Cap Weinberger who nixed that plan and he was the one who pushed to get the Marines out of Lebanon. The fact remains, we're still not sure who was to blame for the Marine barracks bombing.
>>>>Reagan gave amnesty to illegal immigrants.
And if the IRCA of 1986 was enforced the one time amnesty deal would have been just that. Instead, the feds ignored the IRCA of 1986. Bush wants to make the same mistake againm, by leting millions of illegals into the USA. One mistake is enough.
>>>>Reagan never hit hard at terrorism other than one attack on Libya.
Reagan's #1 priority was fighting the Cold War. Btw, Reagan won the Cold War. Second, terrorism wasn't the issue in the 1980`s, it is today.
>>>>Don't get me wrong -- I LOVED RR and considered him a great conservative President...
If that's what you believe, then stop undermining the Reagan legacy, just to lift up the Bush record. Thaqt's wrong and PresBush would be the first to tell you so.
Reagan never got spending ...
Reagan gave back tax...
Reagan cut and ran...
Reagan gave amnesty...
Reagan named moderate...[big mistake]..
Reagan never hit hard..
Don't get me wrong -- I LOVED RR
Yeah, right. We can tell by your posting of a pissing all over a Reagan's grave reply. Do you love Bush so much, that you are willing to turn your back on Ronald Reagan?