Regan-isms

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  1. hypoc8

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    "Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it." -Ronald Reagan

    'Here's my strategy on the Cold War:
    We win, they lose.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
    -Ronald Reagan


    'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
    -Ronald Reagan


    'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.'
    -Ronald Reagan


    'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'
    - Ronald Reagan



    'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
    - Ronald Reagan


    'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
    -Ronald Reagan
     
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    brilliant!:clap::clap::clap::clap:
     
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    Excellent post
     
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    Another of my favorites: After the 1986 Air Strike on Libyan targets.

    "Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again. It gives me no pleasure to say that, and I wish it were otherwise... When our citizens are abused or attacked anywhere in the world on the direct orders of a hostile regime, we will respond so long as I'm in this Oval Office...Despite our repeated warnings, Qadhafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong." R. Reagan
     
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    My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes." -joking during a mike check before his Saturday radio broadcast

    "It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?"

    "I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself."

    "I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency -- even if I'm in a Cabinet meeting."

    "Well, I learned a lot....I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries"

    "I don't know. I've never played a governor." -asked by a reporter in 1966 what kind of governor he would be

    "Facts are stupid things." -at the 1988 Republican National Convention, attempting to quote John Adams, who said, "Facts are stubborn things"

    "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles."

    "All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk."

    "You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful." -explaining why he liked to have a jar of jelly beans on hand for important meetings

    "The state of California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity." -responding to student protests on college campuses during his tenure as California governor

    "Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources."

    "We are trying to get unemployment to go up, and I think we're going to succeed."

    "What about ketchup; that's a vegetable"

    "As a matter of fact, Nancy never had any interest in politics or anything else when we got married."

    "What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice."

    "How are you, Mr. Mayor? I'm glad to meet you. How are things in your city?" -greeting Samual Pierce, his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, during a White House reception for mayors

    "My name is Ronald Reagan. What's yours?" -introducing himself after delivering a prep school commencement address. The individual responded, "I'm your son, Mike," to which Reagan replied, "Oh, I didn't recognize you."

    "Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, you coast for awhile, you have a hell of a closing."

    "What does an actor know about politics?" -criticizing Ed Asner for opposing American foreign policy

    "What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who's played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?" -on Clint Eastwood's bid to become mayor of Carmel

    "How can a president not be an actor?" -when asked "How could an actor become president?'
     
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    Reagan said this during the 1980 presidential campaign when running against the incumbent Carter. Carter criticized Reagan for not knowing the technical definition of an ecomonic recession. Ooops! This was Reagans comeback:

    "A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his."
     
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    "All in all, I think we've hit the jackpot." -Ronald Reagan

    As he signed the bill which deregulated the Savings and Loans industry in 1982. The bill in effect gave the industry — whose deposits were federally insured — a licence to gamble with depositers’ accounts, at best, or simply to loot them, at worst. By the time the government closed the books on the affair, taxpayers had lost $130 billion, back when that was a lot of money.

    John Kenneth Galbraith called it "the largest and costliest venture in public misfeasance, malfeasance and larceny of all time."
     
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    " silence silence silence silence silence silence"
    Ronald Reagan's response to the AIDS Crisis
     
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    America's favorite vegetable speaks.
     
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    QFT!
     
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    nice job, vince. I was going to post that deregulation one. few conservatives remember that the deregulation under clinton was just the nail in the coffin of the financial sector of the US economy doing actual business.
     
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    Ain't that the truth.
     
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    I just noticed "Reagan" is misspelled in the thread title.
     
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    Nice spin, Vince. :wink:

    S&L's and Thrift Savings Banks were on the brink of extinction in 1980 because of the outrageously high interest rates inherited from the Carter Administration. The deregulation was the only shred of hope the entire industry had to stay in existence.

    It was the Tax Reform Act of '86 that destroyed that industry. TRA eliminated huge tax breaks associated with buying real estate - and a meltdown occurred in real estate value (similar to '07 - '08) which crushed the S&L's.

    Can't pin this one on Reagan. But you CAN thank Carter for fucking up the economy to the point that we had double digit inflation and interest rates in the high teens.

    Reagan inherited that disgusting mess, and turned it around into one of the most thriving decades of prosperity and employment in U.S. history. And it didn't fuck up the next decade with bubbles, etc. It was bonafide growth, bonafide prosperity, and bonafide, legitimate growth in stocks.
     
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    Congratulations.
     
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    Oops...:irked:
     
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    I just noticed "Reagan" is misspelled in the thread title..................Kind of say something about the poster and his immediate next two supporters. Not judging just an observation.
     
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    actually noticed it at first glance .... thought it then, and think it now an insignificant point, since some of can think within context:wink: