Examining Reagan's political footprint

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  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    Hmmm, pretty slanted piece. Jarvis minimizes (or fails to mention) Reagans greatest accomplishments, and then cleverly tries to counter-balance them with less-significant negatives. Reagan was often thwarted by Democratic majorities in Congress, and therefore had to set aside some of his objectives. But he held a core set of conservative principles that led to accomplishments which greatly benefit our country even today. No, Reagan was not perfect, but I still feel that he was one of our greatest presidents. He was not a moderate. We should not consider the Era of Reagan to be over, but rather should return to his core principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and greater freedom.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Reagan's legend is far greater than the bumbler I remember.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 2, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    Gingrich claims to be the one true heir of Ronald Reagan, Newt will say and do anything to get your attention. I guess Newt still wants to build a 5 star resort yet on the moon, and for security guards do more research and then development for "star wars." We know that Reagan is famous for preaching that helping the wealthy would help the rest of us, but since that time they did not create any jobs for the middleclass. In case Newt pushes for the new world order and wants more guns and much more deregulation's, he'll massively increased military spending, and never lower taxes with a balanced budget. Yes Newt should admit that Reagan was a pragmatic moderate. But "moderate" is the dirty name, it would let the cat out of the bag, of true American Exceptionalism" (aka) bow down to K Street and Wall Street Corporate sneakiness, outright-scams and con-games. Koch Brother's and ReaganBushClintonBush-villes economics, deregulated for kickbacks for the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist, in their "Field Of Dreams," (of corn and sugar cane), with more corruption, and "crony capitalism." Wnat about Reagan's illegal immigration policy and Newt's?.

    My truthful views.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Reagan was the last Republican I voted for.

    Today - he would be a RINO, a Moderate, a Tax and Spend Liberal who publically advocated Liberalism,
    and
    would be castigated and executed by the Tea-Party and GOP of today.

    The game hasn't changed,
    The radicals have just moved the goal posts to uber-right-world-fantasy-land of make believe.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    And don't overlook Reagan's immigration policy, which most in the Tea Party or Minuteman factions today would describe as amnesty. The revisionist history and the deification of Reagan by the far Right is hard to comprehend. Reagan was conservative for his day (relative to Nixon, Carter, Ford, and GOP leaders like Dick Lugar, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker), but the GOP pendulum has swung so far to the right that today, as the columnist concludes, he would be classed as a moderate. Reagan, running on his record, would not have garnered more than 3% in the 2012 Iowa caucus. He'd have been that liberal guy over with Romney and Huntsman, overshadowed by Santorum and Bachman.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Reagan is the Gold Standard? Of what?

    The Gold Standard of ways to fool gullible voters?

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    Jarvis' article makes me believe even more strongly that Gingrich thinks the rest of us are idiots. He keeps labeling himself as the "true" successor to Reagan, the true conservative in the race, while labeling Romney as a liberal. In truth, if, today, Gingrich were running against Reagan, he would be denouncing his opponent with the same blather he uses against Romney.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Feb. 2, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    Even Reagan was not perfect. Thing is what happened 30 years ago is diffrent than what will happen today. Reagan was good for his time just like Lincoln was. Reagan even improved on things as President.

    Who will be best right now. Lincoln couldn't say what Washington would do needed to do what was best in his day. Invoking his name rather than looking at what should we do now.