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  •  Reagan convinced public they could get something (14+ / 0-)

    for nothing. He popularized the idea, still baldly repeated by many Republicans despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that tax cuts will produce increased revenue for the government. And he spread the meme that there is nothing that the private sector can't do better than the government.

    Neither is remotely  true.  These two ideas are what got us to where we are today. And Reagan is the reason.

    Now we have gotten into the habit of expecting something for nothing. We demand generous entitlements and other government expenditures, and tax cuts at the same time.  It is impossible from a political standpoint for President Obama to even think about proposing bringing taxes back up to where they were under Clinton. And we want smaller government, right after we nearly had Great Depression II, and still are far from being out of the woods.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 03:59:26 AM PST

    •  It's Morning in America (13+ / 0-)

      If "morning" means a cold drizzle that will last forever. Your comment sums it up perfectly: something-for-nothing and government-is-the-enemy. What was amazing to me about the latter at the time was the effortless way Reagan could stand before any audience and hypocritically rip into the structure that he was purportedly leading.

      Reagan was the ultimate con-man, the anti-Christ of politics, and his greatest "contribution" was creating cut-and-paste rhetoric for all the anti-government Republicans who followed him. That's what all the adulation is about now: it's gratitude from fellow con-men who aren't competent enough to think up their own lies.

      For years in the 90s and 00s I kept waiting for a left-leaning elected leader to counter that bullshit, but instead we've had two "Democratic" politicians who have only been slightly worse in that regard than the Bush dynasty alongside them, and a media entirely captured by corporate and right-wing interests. No politician will now ever counter openly and continually that government is a prima facie good thing in people's lives. No media flunky ever asks those anti-government politicians just why they desire to be inside a system they uniformly revile. Reagan's principal legacy – bolstered by his much-emulated heartlessness to the poor, inaction on AIDS, illegal wars, etc. – has been an acid bath of rhetoric slowly corroding people's faith in the social contract.

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