“Movements are now gathering force — countering sexual violence against women, police brutality against minorities, excessive CEO pay, corporate personhood, gerrymandering and voter suppression, too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks; for a living wage, state banks, limits on carbon emissions. Don’t despair. Get involved. Organize and mobilize. Make a ruckus.”
When Reagan left office, he left in disgrace. Since then a non elected (cf Roger Ailes, William Kristol, The Nation) cabal like the Drudge Report and Michael what’s his name, then there’s the Fat Fascist and on it goes, have set about getting buildings, boats and airports named after this idiot and loser and intentionally went about turning his legacy around. That was bad.
But now they’ve distorted it so that what (I know … left wing) people like Bill Maher and myself have started calling him St Reagan (as a joke) because it seems people not only don’t know what Reagan did, but they think it was a benefit to the country.
People have talked about lowering taxes like it is a fetish, and always assume that it will raise revenues. That’s just stupid. Taken to its logical extreme (there’s that word again) if we had no taxes we could run the government for free!
St Reagan raised them. We can raise them. The top tax bracket on the richest Americans under Eisenhower was 91%. But guess what, the rich never paid near that.
My taxes are mostly in the 25% range. But a money fund manager on wall street can make millions, and only pay 15%.
And besides Reagan raised taxes~~~ (I know I said it twice)
And he also signed an illegal immigrant amnesty law into effect!
So what people are saying about him now, in Conservative propoganda, is mostly fantasy. That is why I quoted Robert Reich, above.
I say we should raise taxes, to pay off the bills, which, if trends continue, the budget deficit will cease to be in a few years, even without it, because it has steadily been diminishing under President Obama.
Consider the military industrial complex. Consider 11 carrier battle groups. 11! No other country has 1. Perhaps a little military belt tightening could be considered. (SHOCK AND AWE). Eisenhower warned against the encroaching power of this integrated system of self supporting spending.
We have to be able to have the courage to say these wise ideas again. I’ll never get elected to anything. I can say them!
I just wanted to say “Raise Taxes”! They are words that people used to be able to speak, until the Republican talking machine over-shouted every other sound, and the joke that was Reagan’s intellect, was reimagined as genius, and his voodoo economics, were just that.
Add in that he consulted astrologers to make his travel plans, and it helps the point that St Reagan was, in fact, a little nutty.
Its time to start thinking with our brains again.
“Make a ruckus”!