• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Eugene Robinson and the Loony Left Ideas about Ronald Reagan

Eugene “Robinson of the Washington Post must have been smoking something to come up with the following claims in his article, “The GOP’s Selective Memory on Ronald Reagan,” at the Washington Post.

“The Republican Party tries to claim the Reagan mantle but has moved so far to the right that it now inhabits its own parallel universe. On the planet that today’s GOP leaders call home, Reagan would qualify as one of those big-government, tax-and-spend liberals who are trying so hard to destroy the American way of life.

Some Republicans, I suppose, might be so enraptured by the Reagan legend that they are unaware of his actual record. I hate to break it to Sarah Palin, but Reagan raised taxes. Often. Sometimes by a lot.

When he took office as governor of California in 1967, the state faced a huge budget deficit. Reagan promptly raised taxes by $1 billion – at a time when the entire state budget amounted to just $6 billion. It was then the biggest state tax increase in history. During Reagan’s eight years in Sacramento, the top state income tax rate increased from 7 percent to 11 percent. Business and sales taxes also soared.

When Reagan moved into the White House, he brought with him a theory that critics derided as “voodoo economics” – the idea that the way to balance the budget was to lower taxes, not raise them. Reagan quickly pushed through the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, a tax cut of about $264 billion. Republicans seem to rank this event alongside Columbus’s discovery of the New World as one of the great milestones in human history.

What eludes the GOP’s selective memory is that Reagan subsequently raised taxes 11 times, beginning with the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982. All told, he took back roughly half of that hallowed 1981 tax cut. Why? Because he realized that the United States needed an effective federal government – and that to be effective, the government needed more money.

Republicans laud Reagan’s unshakable commitment to smaller government. Yet federal employment rolls grew under his watch; they shrank under Bill Clinton. Reagan had promised to eliminate the departments of Energy and Education, but he didn’t. Instead, he signed legislation that added to the Cabinet a new Department of Veterans Affairs.

On social issues, Reagan advocated a federal ban on abortions, the legalization of organized prayer in the schools and an end to court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance. He accomplished none of this. In his personal life, by all accounts, Reagan was a live-and-let-live kind of guy. He did, after all, spend much of his adult life as a denizen of – cover your ears, Republicans – evil Hollywood.

None of this is to suggest that the patron saint of modern American conservatism was some sort of flaming liberal, just that he was a pragmatist who respected objective reality. In a big state or a big country, big government was a given. When taxes needed to be raised, the thing to do was raise them.

Even though Reagan knew that ideology had its limits, I don’t doubt that he truly believed the ideology he espoused. His biggest impact on domestic politics was that the center of gravity shifted to the right – enough, in fact, that what once were extreme views have become orthodox.

Democrats sound and act almost like Reaganites. It was Clinton, remember, who balanced the budget and ended welfare “as we know it.” President Obama has pledged not to raise taxes on the middle class, and Democrats couldn’t even manage to reverse tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that might have made even Reagan blush. Obama based his health-care package on Republican ideas – including the individual mandate, which had been proposed by conservative think tanks and implemented by Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party has lost its mind. The GOP argues for deep across-the-board budget cuts of a kind that Reagan ultimately rejected. Party leaders denounce the belief that government can do any good for anybody as “socialism.”

Here’s a quote that might have come from a Democrat during last fall’s tax-cut debate: “We don’t seek to aid the rich, but those lower- and middle-income families who are most strapped by taxes and the recession.” In fact, Ronald Reagan said those words in 1983, when he was arguing for tuition tax credits. Remind me: Who are the Gipper’s true heirs?”

I don’t call Eugene Robinson loony.  He definitely belongs to the loony left.   His article above making a case that Ronald Reagan would find a home among 2011 Obama Democrats is proof Mr. Robinson can be very loony from time to time. 

He is a column writer.  Perhaps in this case he intentionally entered into looniness for a reason beyond my guess.  He did fail to inform his readers, however, that Ronald Reagan had to suffer a Democrat Party Congress.   He didn’t have much of a free hand to dictate his wishes as had Mr. Robinson’s man, Obama.

Mr. Reagan did leave the country in debt….so Mr. Robinson could recognize the Democrat in the 40th American president.   But Ronald Reagan deeply apologized for this rather serious condition.   But he did admit that he liked what he had accomplished during his eight years in office.   And so did….very, very much so.

Ronald Reagan was my kind of American.   He loved the country….contrary to our faux pas present president, Barack Hussein Obama, who never speaks sincerely about the country he leads and never tells fond stories about his life as an American.   He is cold and without core with the possible exception of his devotion to Marxist government.

Republicans today are live and let live kind of people, not Democrats except in the major most important moral and ethical matters of the day…..abortion, traditional family, instructing our children what it means to be an American….He believed in freedom of speech over Leftwing Democrat Party Rules of Political Correctness.  Mr. Reagan knew what being an American required……its three pillars for existence….a belief in God, Liberty, and E Pluribus Unum.

Robinson’s Democrat loonies preach antireligion, government invasion of personal liberties, and multiculturalism.

Every move made by the Democrat president and Congress has been to reduce citizen rights and freedoms by expanding government.   This is the process of the Obama Progressive, always progressing toward government dictatorship.  

Perhaps Eugene Robinson had never heard Ronald Reagan’s general explanation about government:

“Government isn’t the solution to our problems.   Government IS the problem.”

Ronald Reagan would have roundly applauded Dennis Prager’s adage:  The bigger the government; the smaller the people.”    Ronald Reagen revelled in the importance of the American citizen to be as free from government rule as possible.

Compare that, Mr. Robinson with your favorite Democrat, Barack Hussein Obama.

The following is a video which reviews a few of President Reagan’s special moments which was part of the Robinson display.  It is worth the few minutes of your time:


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