I remember well. He had Rat Speaker Tip O’Neill telling him that EVERY budget he submitted was dead-on-arrival in the House. Reagan raised taxes because he was forced to to deal with the Rats. And back then, most of the Rats actually wanted America to succeed and stay strong. I do not believe that is true today.
I totally disagree that Reagan would not survive a Republican primary today, although I admit the establishment Pubbies have been very successful at front-loading their loser RINOs since Reagan. But Reagan was the best communicator in my lifetime, and I think he had the ability to cut through the noise and make his case. Though now the MSM is also a far more malicious advocate for the left, Reagan had a way about him that put them in their place. Don’t forget his “I paid for this mic” moment. Awesome!!
Reagan also learned that the Dems were lying to him so he fought back by shutting the government down several times to FORCE the spending cuts they “promised” in statute.
Reagan’s last three FY budgets had declining and small deficits even compared to today’s. They were in the $150 billion range.
And back then the liberal MSM types were SCREAMING about debt. Now they look at Obama’s unprecedented deficits and yawn or jump on the “can’t cut because our food will suddenly be poisoned” BS bandwagon.
If any idiot left wing moron gets in my face and tries to argue that limiting the size and scope of the federal government means “kids will get sick and die” or “instantly our air would become toxic” etc. (yes, they make these kind of ridiculous arguements) then I’ll knock them on their ass!