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Limited Government, Fiscal Conservatism Ideas Echoed During Reagan Centennial

February 9, 2011 by  

Limited government, fiscal conservatism ideas echoed during Reagan centennialRepublicans celebrated the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan last weekend to mark what would have been his 100th birthday.

Reagan, who died in 2004, was honored at various events throughout the nation, including a gathering at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on Feb. 5. According to The Washington Post, Reagan's widow, Nancy, placed a wreath on her husband's grave, and former Cabinet secretary James Baker III — a close friend of Reagan's — addressed a crowd of about 1,200 guests.

Baker said that Reagan's lessons about freedom, common sense and self-reliance remain "every bit as true today as they were then," according to the media outlet. The 40th President of the United States championed limited government, establishing a tax policy that is commonly referred to as Reaganomics. His reforms in the 1980s are widely praised by fiscal conservatives, who credit Reagan with lowering the country's unemployment rate, reducing inflation and creating an economic boom.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin delivered the keynote speech during a Reagan centennial event on Feb. 4. According to the New York Daily News, the Tea Party favorite said that Reagan would be "so proud of the conservative movement today," and he would have expressed his "outrage" about President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

At an event in Chicago on Feb. 5, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that America could also benefit from Reagan's hard line approach to foreign relations while addressing the unrest in Egypt. According to FOX News, Gingrich said that the Obama administration is "unwilling to tell the truth about the threat to the United States" if the Muslim Brotherhood assumes control of Egypt. 

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  • Kinetic1

    The headline might better have read “Republicans Continue to Re-write Reagan Legacy.” Let’s not forget, Reagan raised taxes several times. Sure, he made some huge cuts during the first few years, but he followed up with restrictions on deductions that actually increased the taxes paid by many.

    Reagan the tough foreign policy President negotiated with known terrorists. Reagan the strong willed American wanted amnesty for those here illegally from Mexico. Reagan the champion of small government increased the deficit, the IRS and the size of government to record highs.

    Little of the rhetoric from Palin, Newt or any of the other 2012 hopefuls is based on fact or honesty, but Americans loved Reagan, and the Republicans love to use him. After all, it’s easy to loose an actor’s real self in the memories of his most famous role.

    • Sprock

      Kin,
      Let’s not forget the 240 or so Marines that were killed in Lebanon with no retaliation. Then the pull out of our troops. Don’t you call that cutting and running. Then there was the small matter of the Russians shooting one of our Commercial Airliners out of the sky, with a Congressman on board, with no retaliation. And of course who can forget selling missiles to our avowed enemy, Iran and using the money to fund the Contras. So much for the Constitution.

  • bob wire

    Well, bottom line ~ Reagan was endeared by most American’s regardless of what he did. He gave most of us hope and a warm fuzzy feeling .

    I however was not one of these people but I won’t dishonor his memory and rain on your parade.

  • s c

    Whoever decided to use a photo of Newt didn’t put much effort into that decision. Kindly do NOT put Newt and Reagan in the same political category.
    Limited government and fiscal conservatism WORK. A limited government is the antidote to the fiscal insanity ‘offered’ by the progressive mentality. Fiscal conservatism forces government to live within its means, and shows career hacks to be the scum they really are.
    To those who rewite history so they can feel warm and fuzzy, SCREW YOU! Reagan was no saint, but at least he CARED about America.
    Your White House poser is no commander-in-chief. He’s no economist. He’s no leader. He’s the antithesis of Reagan. America will suffer greatly because of Obummer.

    • eddie47d

      Some people have their daily cup of coffee in the morning and then go to work.SC’s daily obligation is to use Obama as her punching bag to get her day going. Heck,maybe she is multi-tasking by drinking a cup of java and bashing Obama at the same time. Bravo!

      • s c

        Leave it to a rockhead, hardcore progressive to find ways to stray from any article’s topic. Are you a natural-born topic-shunner, or do you have to work at it 24/7?
        While you’re at it, sherlock, thanks for reminding America that extremely high estrogen levels can cause congenital progressivism. Mark Twain you ain’t, Bubba.

        • eddie47d

          You really do need a new story line SC.Did you drag that out from under your bed?

          • http://?? Joe H.

            eddie,
            SC needs a new line?!?!”?!? You have got to be the biggest hypocrite in the US!!! All you ever talk about is bash Bush this, Crap on bush that. then when you can’t make that fit you make a pitiful attempt to embarras when you are beneath embarrasment!!!

    • 45caliber

      There is an old saying, “The winners write the history books.”

      Not always true – but it is certainly done. Sadly, too many people believe those books. Worse, there are teachers who are willing to teach it that way too.

    • http://! Angel Wannabe

      sc, none of them are saints, but Reagan spoke well of America no matter what was going on. He had blend of kindness & fierceness at the appropiate time.

    • Dogma-Free “The Trinity”

      @sc – It’s funny how so many people call certain presidents, fiscally conservative…and yet, these so-called ‘fiscal conservatives’ finish their time in office, *in the red*.

      Reagan was one of those supposedly ‘fiscal conservatives’.

      Both Bush Sr. and Baby Bush were also ‘fiscal conservatives’.

      In fact, in the last 25 years or so, the only president who didn’t finish his time in the White House with a deficit, was Clinton.

      Clinton actually finished with a surplus…obviously, he wasn’t a ‘fiscal conservative’.

      • http://naver samurai

        Too bad the “locked box” they kept talking about was a phantom surplus, created out of thin air. Keep trying to look up facts and you may find one one day. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • who cares

      s c. reagan, only care for americans who were wealthy and cooperation. reagan, was your typical CHICKENHAWK just as all 95 %conservatives/republicans (you know bush) your class of people have no trouble starting wars, but they are to scare to go them selfs reagan, in ww2 and bush, for viet nam. the mess U.S.A is in is because of reagan and both bushes. maybe one day when you remove the sh*t off your eyes you will see the truth, till then continue to drink the tea of lies and dont miss professor glenn beck and his history classes.

      • http://naver samurai

        Can you lay off of the kool aid for awhile moron? Remember, Bush served during Vietnam, yes the Reserves and National Guard counts, but what about you? What mess did they really put us into that a lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxist didn’t already put us into? Reagan had to clean up Cater’s crap and Bush II had to clean up Clinton’s crap. You really need to grow a brain and get your facts straight before you post. 하나님 하고 나라를 위해서! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • trut

    Reagan’s idea of fiscal responsibility was selling cocaine to Americans to support terrorists in Central America. OLA!

    • 45caliber

      You must be one of the users.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      trut,
      Put down the pipe once in awhile!!! Reagan was more of a man, more of a statesman, more of a president than clintoon, bush1 n 2, and especially nobummer!!!

      • Dogma-Free “The Trinity”

        @Joe H. – …or maybe Ronald Ray-gun was just a good actor.

        …well…after he stopped making movies, that is.

    • http://naver samurai

      “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan. So ture, even with today’s lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxists aground trying to destroy this great country of ours. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • 45caliber

    “Limited Government, Fiscal Conservatism Ideas Echoed During Reagan Centennial”

    Now let’s just see Congress deliver on this.

    • http://naver samurai

      The vigilance to ensure that government remains our servants and not our masters. One of our founding principles by our Christian founding fathers. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://com i41

    .45, trut was a top client of Whorehound Clinton’s. Of course Whorehound it was just ffor his profit and had clear profit, no taxes and no witnesses, Vince Foster “committed” suicide and a few other witnesses quite breathing and thinking in Ark. SC, just use Onumnutts and the Soros Socialists as peanates. Hopefully conservatives can beat some sense into morons snake skulls. Reagan built up our military back up after Nuts Carter treated it like a salvage yard operation with his socialist slubs.

    • 45caliber

      The reason most National Guard units are overseas now is because Clinton cut the military so much too.

      Incidently, there are over 50 suspicious deaths just during Clinton’s first term of office. Foster, as you pointed out, wasn’t the only “suicide”. However it is hard to shoot yourself through the head and leave no blood or bullet or power marks on your hand. Yet at least five people did it according to Clinton’s people who did the autopsies.

      There were 27 secret service people who died during his first year in office, the biggest death rate ever. Most had guarded him during his campaign. Five or so were killed when their helicopter crashed in the Potomic. Two were “loaned” to the BATF at the Waco raid and were killed there. And so on.

  • ONTIME

    This Republican party should be ashamed to even mention Reagans name these days by the cowardly ways they too avoid the issues and are more interested in keeping their jobs and making sure the new hires are hammered into their mold.

    Reagan was called the Great Communicator and for good reason, his ability to speak commonsense, make fun of oversized pompous government and inspire was all the talent that most of these boobs we pay nowadays lack. It would be nice to get a real man back in that office and dump that phony POTUS that sits in the chair.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      ONTIME,
      Well said and AMEN!!!!

      • http://naver sook young

        Very well said and thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

  • American Patriot

    Watch this and see what you think. “Fabled Enemies”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28tE0fKpISM&feature=channel

  • http://com i41

    Janet Reno knew the skeltons were there as well as the half ownership in the plane that was seized for flying drugs. Whorehound was going after some one else as AG, when Janet said give me that spot or the worm will turn, so as a jester of peace Janet took the fall for Whorehound on the Waco mess and the Ruby Ridge incedent. As for Vince Foster”suicide” he took off his gloves and flusked them and bleed out on a tarp. I knew ofthe several highway patrol officers that had pimped and cover up his behavior that misterously expired.

  • http://personalliberty.com Jessica

    Yeah, it’s Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. And he’s still dead. Get over him. It’s high time we found another one who can match his conservative political expertise. PALIN FOR PREZ 2012!

  • http://charden@neo.rr.com Charles

    ON TIME>>>
    GOOD SHOW

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