Yesterday, I read a fascinating article by former Reagan administration member Jeffrey Lord, which he titled Why Ryan terrifies the Left. This was one of the first things that I noticed:

The admiration for Reagan has become such a part of American historical bedrock that even President Obama and likeminded professional leftists have essentially given up the ghost. When they mention Reagan at all, it is generally to play a sly game of casting Reagan as a moderate, pretending to salute him while taking a shot at some Republican for not being more like Reagan. Obama played this game four times in one speech back in April, effusively praising Reagan while casting Mitt Romney as some sort of wild-eyed extremist.

That’s a game Democrats love playing. Unfortunately for them, it’s another game they play poorly. They love arguing that President Reagan wouldn’t be welcome in today’s GOP.

That statement is so devoid of credibility, you’d think Joe Biden wrote it.

Reagan cut taxes, deregulated the oil industry, pushed a robust domestic energy production plan and frightened the former USSR into history’s dustbin of failed experiments.

More importantly, he championed the guy who started innovation. Bill Gates and Michael Dell got their starts during Reagan’s time in office, starting in humble settings before growing their businesses into the gigantic success stories that they are.

Most importantly, President Reagan trusted We The People with every fiber of his being.

What part of that agenda would this administration enact into law?

The simple answer is that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid wouldn’t consider adopting anything from President Reagan’s agenda.

Militant environmentalists would shut off the campaign contribution spigot to the Democratic Party and their politicians if they voted for a robust domestic energy production program.

The OWS wing of the Democratic Party, the dominant part of the party, would throw a hissy fit if Democrats supported tax cuts for small businesses. Their heads would explode if they voted for capital gains tax cuts.

That’s the truth about the progressives’ alleged fondness for President Reagan. The truth is that President Obama’s administration has balked at these things in President Reagan’s agenda. In fact, he fundamentally disagrees with Reagan’s agenda:

“He is a decent man, he is a family man, he is an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney’s vision but it is a vision that I fundamentally disagree with,” said Obama.

There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Reagan’s vision for America and Paul Ryan’s vision. They’re fantastic advocates for maximum individual liberty, free market capitalism, free trade and American exceptionalism.

The Left hates Paul Ryan for the same reasons they hated President Reagan. It’s sad that American citizens don’t believe in the foundational principles of our Founding Documents.

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9 Responses to “Democrats don’t love Reagan”

  • eric z says:

    Love Reagan? He was a disaster. Moreover, Bonzo was the better actor in that one film.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, if you’re serious, then I’ve got to ask a simple question & I want a serious answer.

    What part of that prosperity didn’t you like? You’ve frequently made comments on LFR about businesses not paying their fair share. You’ve said that the tax code should be more about fairness than about creating prosperity.

    Didn’t you appreciate the robust employment of the 1980s? The rising wages? The growing 401(k)s? The stability of home mortgage rates?

    What part of those things didn’t you like?

    Eric, it’s time you started thinking like a human being & stopped thinking through a partisan lens.

  • eric z says:

    Reagan ran up debt. Big time. It’s what your guys are carping about now, Ryan in particular. Reagan did that. And coincidentally the oil cartel situation that pinched Carter years eased, and Reagan had zippo to do with it. Zippo. Taking credit where it is not due is looking at things through a partisan lens, as a good friend says.

  • eric z says:

    Forgot to say, do your homework. Clinton paid down a part of Reagan-Bush Gulf War debt, then the Bush son gets in and runs two front wars on a credit card. And steers the economy into the biggest disaster since the Great Depression. And you want to talk Reagan. Talk Ford and OPEC handing Carter a disaster. Talk Clinton handing the keys to a well running automobile to Bush-Cheney who drove it into a ditch. Talk a Gulf War that resolved nothing to where son-of-Gulf-War-Bush redid dad’s ploy. Talk WMD that never existed except in your party’s propaganda machine. Give me a break.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Carter was a disaster. He listened to the environutters & Americans’ paid higher gas prices. Sound familiar?

    Reagan revived the economy, creating 19,000,000 new jobs during his administration. President Obama trails Reagan by only 18-19,000,000 jobs, 20,000,000 at most.

    PS-there’s a difference between a $200,000,000,000 deficit and a $1,200,000,000,000 deficit.

    As for Bush the younger steering “the economy into the biggest disaster since the Great Depression”, that crisis wouldn’t have happened if not for Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank, President Obama preventing the reform of Fannie & Freddie.

    Finally, the world’s most respected intelligence agencies thought Saddam had WMD’s. This “it only existed in your party’s propaganda machine” BS isn’t persuasive in the least.

  • walter hanson says:


    If you want to complain about running up debt you do realize that Obama has run up in just four years $6 trillion on that credit card you want to be not used.

    Candidate Obama called President Bush unpatriotic because in 8 years he ran up just $4 trillion.

    President Obama’s response to our fiscal crisis is to ask for a horrible tax increase on the rich which will pay something like 8 days of government operations.

    In 2011 President Obama didn’t put a serious proposal on the table to cut spending. And his proposal to the panel that was suppose to cut spending was that tax increase which will pay for 8 days of government.

    And if you want to complain about future debt card use the CBO has said over the next ten years Obamacare will cost an extra $2.8 trillion which we don’t have. Romney will repeal that spending. Obama wants to keep it.

    So Eric if you want to stick with the spirit of your post #3 and #4 you don’t want to vote for Obama! So thank you for wanting to vote for Mitt Romney since you care about the national debt and getting the budget under control.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    Gipper lovers – why I say the man was awful for the country:

    Look at the charts, keypoint around 1980, this link:

    The crap started with the Gipper. Each chart Juan Cole presents is worth a thousand words. The crap needs to be undone, to go back to the pre-OPEC, pre-Nixon days of prosperity and high marginal tax rates for the uber-wealthy levels of income, which aided national prosperity for the 99%. It is as clear as day.

  • Gary Gross says:

    First, Juan Cole was discredited in 2004. He’s a disgusting little creep.

    Second, it’s impossible to “go back to the pre-OPEC, pre-Nixon days” because the world changed. It isn’t returning so it’s imperative that we make smart adjustments.

    The DFL locally, & the Democrats nationally, haven’t had an original thought since the 1970s. Pat Moynihan, the most brilliant Democrat thinker, admitted that the GOP has become the party of ideas.

    This election will be about whether people want Obama’s economic policies that strangle the economy (see the EPA, the NLRB & the ACA) or whether they prefer a return to a time when the economy grew at explosive rates & individual freedom meant something.

  • walter hanson says:


    First of all instead of complaining about the tax code why don’t you want to acknowledge the way that Obama unlike Reagan or Bush 43 ran up debt on our credit card? After all if you care about no more new debt being run up on that credit card a person who claims they care about that (as displayed in the spirit of posts 3 and 4) won’t be voting for Obama.

    Second, thanks to Reagan and Bush 43 those horrible tax cutters for the rich you have had the following things happen:

    * The tax code now causes 47% of the population not to have to pay a single cent of taxes. Isn’t that enough for you? Furthermore Eric this has caused the problem of people thinking I don’t pay taxes and I’m given government goodies. I want to vote for the candidate that will give me more goodies and it seems possible (even though it’s a lie) that the rich can pay for it.

    * Tax revenue has shot up even though the rates have been cut and the tax tables show that the richest 1%, 5%, 10%, or even 50% pay more than their fairshare of the taxes collected (remember the bottom 47% pay no taxes at all)

    * Eric if we get your tax increase that will help fund government for just 8 days? How are you going to fund the other 357 days?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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