Poconoeagle wrote:O' Erkle
No, Bush and the freepers did.
BTW, Ed, Reagan cut taxes once but raised them 5 times. Both in size and number of departments, Reagan expanded the gov't he said he was there to shrink. Perhaps the greatest irony is that the largest federal office building in DC is named after him.
Bottom line: Ronnie Ray-guns was a genial, lazy old coot who was a virtually complete fraud on policy. But, since he was the first R pol of the post-Nixon era, you all were so hungry that you bought whatever snake oil he was selling. But, as his principles have collapsed, one by one, his stature is more and more suspect by the day. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0301.green.html
And now, as Republicans form an inward-facing circle with their rifles, the Reagan coalition too is imploding. If the GOP puts up its "big tent," the religious wing-nuts won't go in with the "baby-killers" and "homos," so I guess they won't be needing that. Meanwhile, fiscal hawks can't stand the profligate spending neocon adventure-seekers and libertarians hate the NSA spymasters. No wonder Mike Steele's having such a tough time.