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Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?

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  • +6 +26 -20 stacy Oct. 28, 2011
    "regardless of your stance on politics, Reagan used he office of he president expertly and he did a great job with balancing the voice of the american people with moderation and his own political party stance"
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  • +5 +14 -9 Luis Ramos May. 14, 2012
    "Ronald Reagan was a strong speaker and a hard worker, which was just what 1980's America needed. Reagan not was able to end the Cold War that has been plaguing America for years, but also was able to limit nuclear weapons and dissolve the Soviet Union. He strengthened the American Army, Economy, and Moral with his super-patriotic attitude and resolve to protect the United States, a resolve that dates back to his job as a lifeguard. Regarding his actions toward domestic issues, Reagan was able to use his speech skills to address the nation and worked to have several acts, such as the Family Support Act and Social Security Reform Act, to get the American people back on their feet and bridge the social-economic gap between rich and poor."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Rita Huang May. 12, 2013
    "I believe Reagan was overall an effective president despite some controversy over his leadership. When Reagan took over Carter’s administration, inflation rate was high and the public was desperate for change. Instead of implementing more government-based programs like those of Roosevelt’s in the Great Depression, Reagan cut income taxes significantly in order to encourage more small business developments and thus decreased the rate of unemployment. In foreign policy, Reagan significantly increased the government spending in military spending such as SDI program. These programs sped up the collapse of USSR because of its inability to keep up in this arm race with its weak economy. Although Reagan’s leadership was questioned during the Iran-Contra scandal, Reagan was trying to build a better relationship with Iran and help Nicaraguans to fight against Communism. Reagan’s involvement in this scandal surely made him a less effective president, but the public should not ignore his success in recovering the economy and ending the Cold War."
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  • +4 +13 -9 Trey Trusevich May. 14, 2012
    "I am pro Reagan because he believed in bettering America with whatever he was doing. He had the best attitude towards negotiations with other world leaders, as he is known as the Great Communicator. This gave the United States the respect it deserves as a country. Reagan also connected with the citizens of America because of his charm. Reagan used this charm to win the hearts of many American citizens, this allowed the citizens to trust him as a worthy political leader so he could do his job to the best of his ability."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Caroline C. May. 16, 2013
    "When we take into account the poor state our nation was in during the time that Ronald Reagan was elected president, it is evident that he did all he could in order to get the country out of the slump it was in - especially economically - and even managed to strengthen an immensely weakened military defense system. He also brought an end to the Cold War, and had built a friendly relationship with Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev - something that no U.S. president had ever done before. It was this relationship which eventually pushed Gorbachev to dissolve the Soviet Union. When you add everything up, it's undeniable that his efforts helped better the country in the long run."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Josh King May. 14, 2012
    "The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was widely successful during his two terms in office as he combatted to unemployment rate, appointed the first female Supreme Court Justice, and initiated the freedom of Eastern Europe. Reaganonmics lowered the personal taxes on US citizens allowing for them earn more money that they would later spend on taxed products stimulating the economy while allowing the government to collect tax money and keeping the citizens happy. After the recession of 1981, the unemployment rate in the United States was 10.8%, but under Reagan, the percent of unemployed Americans dropped to 5.5% in 1988. Although he reignited the cold war and ended the period of détente Ronald Reagan set events in motion that freed the satellite nations of the Soviet Union and caused the USSR to crumble in the following decade. He openly challenged Soviet leaders to allow more freedom for their people while increasing the defense spending that lead the USSR into an arms race they could not win. Ronald Reagan saved the United States, various Eastern European nations and the Russian people."
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  • 0 0 0 Olivia Maloney Jul. 6, 2014
    "For starters, Ronald Reagan is a distant relative of mine on my dad's side, but to make it clear that's not why I think he was a good president. He has had many achievements, probably placing him in the top 10 best presidents in history list. Put aside Republican or Democrat for a minute. He ended the cold war, something Republicans and Democrats both wanted. He helped boost the economy and cut taxes, which is something many Republican presidents cannot achieve. Bush started a war, and he wasn't as bad as people say, but no where near as accomplishing as Reagan. He had smart strategies through an economic standpoint. What many would say is that he actually did something, and although he wasn't a legend like Lincoln, he was definitely someone that is hard to find nowadays. It seems like Republican or Democrat, the standards for good politics are going down the toilet."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Kari Reding May. 14, 2012
    "Ronald Reagan's ideas and input was much needed for our struggling country. His ideas may not have materialized in the time period that was expected of him. But unlike presidents who try to save the country in the short run, Reagan’s actions helped us in a long run. In the 70’s, Reagan proved that cutting taxes would stimulate the economy since people had more money to spend. Also, Reagan signed a law (COBRA) that gives workers, who just are going through a cut of hours and loss of benefits, a chance to still have good health benefits. These examples show that Ronald Reagan cares for those who are in need."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Yasmin Khan May. 14, 2012
    "I am pro that Reagan was a good president, even with his few flaws. Before Reagan, America was in a large deficit as well as many Americans were out of work. Yet, thanks to Reagan's tax plan, those problems were quickly solved, once Regan had called every Congress member to approve his bill. The best part of Reagan's presidency has to be how he helped to end the Col d War, along with the help of President Gorbachev of Russia. With Reagan's great communication skills, he was able to create peace and finally stop the 46 year long war."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Breanna May. 14, 2012
    "Although Reagan was not aware of the "Iran-Contra" scandal and many felt he was inadequate, old, and oblivious to what was happening, something must have gone right somewhere. Reagan was known as the "Great Communicator", which meant he could go up or down on any level that he needed to do in order to get his point across. Also, Democrats, Republicans, and the people who worked for him, stated that we was a great mad who advocated great change in the U.S. He cut taxes in order to help re-build the economy to its greatest potential. Whatever needed to be done, Reagan felt he needed to do it. He spoke to the common man, wrote and presented speeches flawlessly, and was funny and witty-something he acquired form the many years on television. Reagan made mistakes, but what president doesn't fulfill EVERYTHING that he says he will do? What president doesn't make mistakes? To err is human. Reagan must have been doing something right, because he was still considered the "Teflon-man" after some of the chaos that he caused. Overall, yes he made mistakes, but on the other hand he was a great influential man, whose decisions (good or bad) will forever be with us. Doesn’t this evidence prove something?"
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  • 0 +10 -10 Mariah Mcfadin May. 14, 2012
    "Not one person in the world knew the real Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a great man and a great president. He is criticized by many who say his policies were bad because they “bloated the national defense, drastically cut social services, and made illegal arms-for-hostages deals, led the country into record deficits and global embarrassment.” We will never know if he knowingly traded arms for hostages or supplied the Nicaraguan contras. Those people who criticize him never look at the big picture. By giving the rich tax cuts he was hoping they would be more willing to expand their companies by creating new jobs and the economy would begin to move smoothly. He had assumed that when the economy picked up the deficit would be lessened. The only thing he can really be criticized of is not reducing the budget and the continual spending on defense. His philosophy was trying to make the world safer for everyone by getting rid of communism and the communist threat, and in the end he stopped the cold war from being a MAD situation."
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    • +1 +1 0 Justin May. 14, 2012
      "Mariah, the big picture is that by the end of Reagan's presidential reign we as a nation were $1.3 trillion in debt. So the hypothesis he made regarding the rich citizens tax cuts benefited no one, and now we are still dealing with his over ambitious spending and by the looks of things for probably the rest of our lives."
    • 0 0 0 Justin May. 14, 2012
      "Mariah, the big picture is that by the end of Reagan's presidential reign we as a nation were $1.3 trillion in debt. So the hypothesis he made regarding the rich citizens tax cuts benefited no one, and now we are still dealing with his over ambitious spending and by the looks of things for probably the rest of our lives."
  • 0 +11 -11 Patrick Vance May. 12, 2012
    "Reagan was a great president because he was able to communicate with the American people on a personal level. Reagan was able to strengthen the economy, not through government spending, but by cutting taxes; this empowered and unleashed the American people. He accomplished many other things including ending the cold war through a stronger military and the support of fledgling democracies around the world."
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    • +1 +1 0 Justin May. 14, 2012
      "Patrick, I think that you bring up some very valid points attempting to validate Reagan's presidency as a "success". However Reagan tried to save our economic downfall but instead only made it worst by taking our $79 billion debt in his 1st year all the way to a staggering $1.3 TRILLION debt by 1990."
    • +1 +1 0 Justin May. 14, 2012
      "Patrick, I think that you bring up some very valid points attempting to validate Reagan's presidency as a "success". However Reagan tried to save our economic downfall but instead only made it worst by taking our $79 billion debt in his 1st year all the way to a staggering $1.3 TRILLION debt by 1990."
    • -3 0 -3 Anna May. 14, 2012
      "I think that reagans ability to take on certain characters, like he did throughout his hollywood career, gave him the ability to be such a great communicator. After the economy took a dip reagan realized what he was doing needed to be changed and ended up leaving the office on a good note. He appeared to be beloved by the American people because of his past yet seemed to be a man (attempting) to help save the people."
  • 0 +16 -16 AL Nov. 18, 2011
    "Reagan was the last great President. Remarkable what he accomplished given the hostile Congress he faced."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Mathew May. 14, 2013
    "Although Reagan's presidency had some shortcomings in terms of foreign relations and economics, overall, Reagan greatly improved the state of mind in America and brought us back to the way we were before Jimmy Carter. Also, he brought us out of the economic depression we were in by implementing his philosophy that tax cuts would stimulate the economy, which worked. Overall, no matter the shortcomings, Reagan's presidency helped America recover and become great again."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Coates Roberts May. 13, 2013
    "Ronald Reagan is regarded by many as one of oour country's most influential president's ever. His demeanor and staunch conservative values instilled a certain trust in American people. He and his economic policies were responsible for growth in the GDP increasing by 36%, creation of 20 million jobs, and increase in the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15%. Polar opposite to Jimmy Carter, Reagan was what the people had yearned for at the time. Ronald Regan was a man of good faith and most impotantly, he was a natural leader."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Callan May. 12, 2013
    "Reagan's leadership was needed in order to restore the failing country. The efforts he put forward in his terms in office have lasted long after his presidency. Reagan proved that cutting taxes would stimulate the economy due to the fact that so many people had more money and were so willing to spend it. Reagan demonstrated a genuine interest and love for his country and the people within it. He was selfless and lead for the good of the people. Reagan signed into effect COBRA, which provided workers with health care benefits. He wanted to create a peaceful relationship with the Soviet Union and end the Cold War. He worked hard to cut taxes and spending. His "war on drugs" act increased funding, but it also lead to a much "safer" community within the country. Everything Reagan strived to achieve in office was all for the greater good of the people and the country, which is an admirable feat for anyone, but especially those in a position of power."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Clara Kelleher May. 12, 2013
    "During Reagan's presidency, he was able to unify the country by encouraging the traditional american values such as integrity and hard work. He also helped stimulate economic growth by cutting taxes and creating jobs. This helped to re-assert the US power, which bolstered Reagan's ability to talk down the Russians thereby ending the Cold War. When he left office after his second term, the US was in a much better place both in domestic and foreign affairs. Though the Iran-Contra Affair and lack of welfare/social reform support were his downfalls, Reagan stayed true to his Republican platform and was a great president for the country."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Chris May. 12, 2013
    "Reagan succeeded as a president because he was what the country needed in the 1980's. Reagan looked out for the people by cutting taxes, which influenced commercial spending. He also provided many jobs, which reduced the America's unemployment. He achieved many more things, like establishing peace with the Soviet Union by meeting with Gorbachev. Reagan's two terms, overall, were very successful for America."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Lilly Calvert May. 12, 2013
    "After Jimmy Carter's presidency, the nation was in need of a strong leader who could strengthen the American spirit and connect with the people. Ronald Reagan took office in 1980 and transformed the morale. Reagan stressed the importance of being self-made and thus decreased the welfare budget which received much resistance from the opposition. In addition to the economy being in a prosperous state, Reagan also was able to end the cold war . Over all, Reagan's presidency boasts many accomplishments ranging from foreign policy to the nations fiscal health."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Maddie Kellum May. 12, 2013
    "Before Reagan took office, the economy had high inflation and interest rates. When he was elected as President, he had a clear plan with turning this country around. He had a social, economic, and foreign policy agenda, and with the political guile and personal persuasiveness he was able to achieve what he wanted. He helped stimulate economic growth, strengthen national defense, revitalize the Republican Party, and ended the global cold war. Reagan brought down the communist USSR and Berlin Wall, also lowering corporate taxes causing the huge boom for our economy with jobs and tax revenue. Probably the best speaker ever in presidential office, he would bypass Congress and speak directly to the people. His sense of humor and good natured friendliness was obvious to all, hence the title "The Great Communicator.""
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  • -1 +3 -4 Shivani May. 12, 2013
    "Reagan was an experienced leader; he was able to connect with the citizens of our nation on a personal level and gave confidence through his speeches and actions. Reagan wanted to change America by strengthening the weak military and had his administration fund research and development of weapons. His motivations helped bring the Cold War to an end, and during his presidency, communism in Germany had ended and the Soviet Union had dissolved as well. These examples show how much of an impact Reagan has made to benefit our nation as a whole."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Carson May. 12, 2013
    "I am Pro Reagan. Reagan's leadership qualities made him not only a good president, but an admirable one. Reagan was hardworking, optimistic, patriotic, and responsible. Using his character to unite our country, our former president significantly cut taxes, and created social policies that provided Americans with the opportunity to positively contribute to society (as opposed to giving them handouts). Although Reagan failed to speak publicly about AIDS until 7 years after its outbreak, his many accomplishments outdo his few flaws. Reagan ended the Cold War without violence, although he was willing to do so if it came to that, and turned America's enemies into friends. Being an affable gentlemen with an outstanding work ethic, Reagan improved economic conditions in America, while uniting all Americans under a common feeling of confidence and security."
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  • -1 +3 -4 McKenna May. 12, 2013
    "During the 1980's America was in search for hope; Ronald Reagan exemplified this persona. His heroic charisma and strong ideas for the country seemed to put Americas mind at ease. When he took office he wanted to "stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment and strengthen national defense". Reagan did raise employment by 20 million and there was a 92 month period of economic prosperity."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Marins Riklin May. 10, 2013
    "After Jimmy Carter's presidency American citizens were for something new. Faced with the fear of communism, President Ronald Reagan offered a magnetic personality that people could trust and rely on to lead the US in a new direction. During his presidency Reagan brought down the Soviet Union and improved national morale by uniting people through the ideals of hard work and integrity. Though he receives a lot dissent from democrats for his military spending and his cutback on social programs, ultimately he was a fair representative for the conservative platform."
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  • -1 +3 -4 McKenna May. 7, 2013
    "During the 1980's America was in search for hope; Ronald Reagan exemplified this persona. His heroic charisma and strong ideas for the country seemed to put America's mind at ease. When he took office he wanted to "stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense". Reagan did raise employment by 20 million and there was a 92 month period of economic prosperity."
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  • -1 +5 -6 matt Apr. 19, 2013
    "better than obama (ok everyone is)"
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  • -1 +3 -4 John May Jan. 25, 2013
    "The poverty rate declined under Reagan, especially for blacks despite what Slate magazine said in your con column. Checkout out national data on the subject."
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  • -1 +3 -4 catherine Oct. 26, 2012
    "I feel that Patrick Vance expressed President Reagan's
    presidency, much to my way of thinking. Reagan's communication skills were second to none. I doubt, I will in my lifetime, have a finer leader. He brought back the pride I had once had in America"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Josh King May. 16, 2012
    "The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was widely successful during his two terms in office as he combatted to unemployment rate, appointed the first female Supreme Court Justice, and initiated the freedom of Eastern Europe. Reaganonmics lowered the personal taxes on US citizens allowing for them earn more money that they would later spend on taxed products stimulating the economy while allowing the government to collect tax money and keeping the citizens happy. After the recession of 1981, the unemployment rate in the United States was 10.8%, but under Reagan, the percent of unemployed Americans dropped to 5.5% in 1988. Although he reignited the cold war and ended the period of détente Ronald Reagan set events in motion that freed the satellite nations of the Soviet Union and caused the USSR to crumble in the following decade. He openly challenged Soviet leaders to allow more freedom for their people while increasing the defense spending that lead the USSR into an arms race they could not win. Ronald Reagan saved the United States, various Eastern European nations and the Russian people."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Erika Huber May. 16, 2012
    "Reagan seemed to be genuine and also seemed to care about everyone. Even though I don't care much for the COBRA law, I do think he cared and worried about everyone having insurance but the cost was and is out of this world. On labor, he had every right to fire striking air traffic controllers because they did sign an affidavit stating they would not strike while being an employee for the federal government. It was very important to get the controllers on the right path even though we had to pull in military air traffic controllers to take over to keep our planes in the air and safe. I also believe with the nation having a negative report on our education system, we needed to do something about it and still to this day keep that as an important thing in order for our country to keep moving forward in a smart way. Education is our key to success! Strengthening our military for our defense is also a key element to success. I think thinning out out military now is truly a bad idea. We need to be ready for anything to protect this country. As for Reagan's character, this man was a "great communicator". I wish we had more men like him to be able to have his talent."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Hannah May. 15, 2012
    "I feel as though President Ronald Reagan was a reasonable and productive leader to this country. With his strong personality and vocal skill/leadership Reagan spoke for the people to the people. Although he experienced difficult stands against congress, and a harsh recession Reagan did establish "Reaganomics" in which taxes and social services reduced. People are prone to disagree against him, however overall Reagan served to strengthen the economy, make allies with the Soviet Union, and recover from a broken government from Jimmy Carter's presidency. He kept his word with a steady attitude, and had minimum problems fixing America's flaws."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Tomas May. 15, 2012
    "Although President Reagan had a couple of faults during his presidency, such as the Iranian arms trade scandal, I still believe that his actions pertaining to internal affairs made up for his actions across seas. He started the War on Drugs program, increased national spending to jump start the economy, and helped improve the nation's education system, which was in dire need of repair. His ability to use his acting and communication skills comforted people and made people appeal to him."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Clayton McCracken May. 15, 2012
    "Reagan can be considered a great American president through his efficiency in public speaking and foreign policy, and the extreme patriotism in which he bestowed to his country. Through his outspeanding tactics, he ended four decades of national paranoia. Portrayed as a patriotic average American, Reagan quickly became a savior to the Americans after the failure of Jimmy Cater's presidency."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Grace May. 15, 2012
    "President Reagan was not only a good president but an extraordinary president. He was one of the greatest presidents of all time. He rebuilt America's confidence and strengthened the nation's economy. His greatest achievements are ending the cold war, reagonomics, rvitalizing the GOP and the conservative movement, star wars and morning in America. He receives more criticism than he deserves. America was blessed to have such a remarkable man as president."
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  • -1 +6 -7 natalia May. 15, 2012
    "I believe that Reagan was a good president because he overcame all of his fears and managed to lead a country through the harsh times. He did not only change the country but he overcame his own fears by realizing that peace with the soviets was more important than hating them. He was a communicator that gave enthusiasm and pride to the Americans establishing the American pride all over again. Even though he was controversial with what he said and his actions, he still managed to please American citizens and foreign countries. With his tax cuts he tried to improve the economic problems demonstrating he is willing to do the unexpected and step out of the box to improve America."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Allie May. 15, 2012
    ""Reagan was a good president. However, he faced a lot of controversy. The American public did not fully support his which made his ability to lead more difficult. Reagan was able to keep American families safe without waging war on other countries. His passive aggressive nature helped America win the cold war. Reagan installed the Family Support Act to help maintain family stability in the rough economic climate that America was faced with. As Jesse Unruh stated "Reagan was not as good as the Republicans like to think, or as bad as the Democrats would have you believe." Despite the controversy he face, Reagan was still a good president."
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  • -1 +8 -9 Kari Reding May. 15, 2012
    "Ronald Reagan's ideas and input was much needed for our struggling country. His ideas may not have materialized in the time period that was expected of him. But unlike presidents who try to save the country in the short run, Reagan’s actions helped us in a long run. In the 70’s, Reagan proved that cutting taxes would stimulate the economy since people had more money to spend. Also, Reagan signed a law (COBRA) that gives workers,who just are going through a cut of hours and loss of benefits, a chance to still have good health benefits. These examples show that Ronald Reagan cares for those who are in need."
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    • +2 +2 0 Basie May. 12, 2013
      "Ronald Reagan, the nations 40th president, was not considered heroic in my opinion. Due to many environmental and foreign policy issues, there has become a growing realization that these were just a few of the starting points for many catastrophes in the United States. Reagan also completely ignored the growing AIDS epidemic in the 1980s- this shows that he didn't really care until he had to publicly address it at an AIDS conference in 1987."
  • -1 +7 -8 Carolina R. May. 14, 2012
    ""At the end of Reagan's two terms in office, it is safe to say that he turned this country around. Reagan not only wanted the best for his country, but focused on the needs of the American citizens. He wanted to reinvigorate the American people, and help make them less reliant on the government. He wanted to make peace with the Soviet Union, and achieve peace though strength. Attempting to cut taxes was also a main focus of his. Ronald Reagan helped limit and prevent crime in American. His "war on drugs" act increased funding, but it benefited America in the end. In 1984 Reagan signed the Family Support Act which established and operated job opportunities and basic skill programs for needy families. Reagan's achievements with the economy, crime, environment, health, social policy, and much more, benefited America in the long run."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Breanna May. 14, 2012
    "Although Reagan was not aware of the "iran-Contra" scandal, and many felt he was an inadequate, old and oblivious president, he must have been doing something right. Reagan was known as the "Great Communicator", which meant he could go up or down on any level that he needed to in order to get his point across. Also, Democrats, Republicans, and people who worked below him stated that he was a great mean who advocated great change in the U.S. he cut taxes in order to help re-build the economy to its greatest potential. Whatever needed to be done, Reagan felt he needed to do it. He spoke to the common man, wrote and presented his speeches flawlessly, and was funny and witty because he had picked it up form the many years on television. Reagan made mistakes, but what President doesn't fulfill EVERY promise that he says he will accomplish? What president doesn't make mistakes? To err is human. Reagan must have been doing something right, because although he may have cause chaos, he was still considered the "Teflon Man"- nothing could stick to him. Overall, yes he made some dramatic mistakes, but on the other hand he influenced America forever. Whether his decisions were good or bad they will forever be remembered."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Tony Pastrano May. 14, 2012
    "Reagan (in the end) did help to stimulate our economy and although his administration did have its failures he had many major success's. Such as helping to end the 46 year long Cold War and the fall of communism. Reagan's time as an actor helped him connect with the American people and he helped to restore their conficdence in America. His contribuitions strengthened America for years to come."
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    • +3 +3 0 Justin May. 14, 2012
      "Tony, how did Reagan help stimulate the economy? He is part of the reason for Economic depression today! He blew away money that we had no buisness spending on unnecessary projects such as star wars. Through his eight years as president he brought our national debt to a jaw dropping 1.3 trillion dollars! So how can one say that he strengthened America for years to come?"
    • -4 0 -4 Anna May. 14, 2012
      "I agree, in the end Reagan ended up improving our economy. Reagans ability and gutsy attempts to end the cold war not only effected America but also Russia. Reagan helped to bring Russia into a better place than it had been in a long time. It seemd that Reagan was a little to ideal at times especially when dealing with Russia. He went all in and if his plan of (basically) threatening the Russians to not use their bombs had turned another way America could look very different."
  • -2 +3 -5 Taylor Lattimore May. 12, 2013
    "Ronald Reagan's actions may have not resulted well but his intentions were always good. Ronald Reagan became president at a time when America needed a true leader. Ronald Reagan stepped up to the plate and served America well. Known as "The Great Communicator", Ronald Reagan made Americans feel recognized and safe in their own country. His generosity and ability to connect with the average American citizen is what made him a great relatable president."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Jude Sep. 25, 2012
    "Reagan was an amazing president. He helped end the cold war. He saved social security, and acres of woods. He cut taxes to make our economy better. He was a wonderful president who truly cared about the United States."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Resendez May. 15, 2012
    "Crime was at record highs, the IRS was taxing the working class more than the poor. The economy was in shambles and the American people were downtrodden. Post Reagan, not much had changed: crime was still high, the working class was still being heavily taxed, and the economy was still a far cry from the economy that had established America as a world power. However, as President Obama said, the power of Reagan is that he gave people faith in themselves, and a sense of purpose which breathed life into the moribund American spirit, and that made all the difference in establishing Ronald Reagan as a great President."
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  • -4 +5 -9 David Apr. 22, 2012
    "Why is this even a question Reagan was the person republicans today argue that they are more similar to him and he was voted one of the greatest Americans ever in some poles they had him #1... Lets be realistic he implemented a tough foreighn policy stance and use conventional new ideas to help stimulate the economy."
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    • +1 +2 -1 David Jun. 4, 2012
      "DID U READ WHAT I SAID??? I said, "he used conventional new ideas to help stimulate the econmoy" Never said he invented it. And its effectiveness can only be judged bassed on which party you are a member of. Oh and by the way Reagan did invent Reaganomics note the use of Reagan in it."
    • -1 +1 -2 anthony May. 2, 2012
      "Raegan in no way stimulated the economy he used trickled down economics which has not only proved to be inneffective bu was not a "new idea""
  • -5 +6 -11 Anna May. 14, 2012
    "Reagan was a Man for the People and not just the American people. His ability to end the Cold War in a way that some may say was stupid and possibly dangerous to America ended up not only making the rift between USA and the USSR more civil, but also ended the USSR and turned Russia into a much more citizen friendly enviroment. At times Reagan seemed to act quickly without thinking things completely through, specifically his first 100 days in office, however, he did turn the Economy around and increased job availability. Overall his presidency can be seen as a success because of his ability to look out for the people as well as into the future."
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  • +4 +11 -7 Jordi Guatemala May. 13, 2013
    "At the time in which they were made, Reagan's decisions might have seen correct, they really ruined the future of the United States. Reagan tripled the American National Debt through his alarmist defense policies, namely SDI, arguably the most ridiculous defense project of all time. In an attempt to balance the budget, he also cut funding to several federal departments. Not the Department of Defense, though. In spite of what his title of "The Great Communicator," Reagan undermined any and all social issues in the name of national defense. In a way, Reagan compromised the United States' values in order to defeat the USSR, as seen in the American government selling arms to Iran and using the money to fund the Anti-Communist Contras."
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  • +3 +11 -8 Ariana May. 13, 2013
    "Ronald Reagan's presidency began the economic troubles we have today. Although he had supported welfare and all other policies suited for minorities, more money ended up going to the rich. All of the policies that were created during "Reaganomics" were constantly unsuccessful after cutting multiple social services and making illegal arrangements with other countries. Even though he was known as the "Great Communicator", nothing good came from simply saying that he would turn America's economy around."
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  • +3 +12 -9 Basie May. 12, 2013
    "Ronald Reagan may have seemed to be a good president, but let's not forget he was also an actor which means he could mesmerize citizens into thinking of him as a strong and heroic leader. In my defense, Reagan was not the greatest of presidents. He narrowly beat Carter due to the "Iranian Hostage Crisis" and also had a "trickle down" theory for economics which gave us the worst economic times of any presidency. Reagan said that he would balance the federal budget, but never did in his eight years in office and also added more trade barriers than any other president. Another very important topic to talk about would be education, Reagan cut federal aid to schools by more than $1 billion and cut the Department of Education by 19%. Ronald Reagan sought and won more spending tax cuts than any other modern presidents. Also , who would ever say that "trees cause more pollution than automobiles do"? How could someone come up with such a stupid concept? Reagan's statement was erroneous because volatile organic compounds produced by trees do not cause pollution any more than the sun causes pollution. In the end, Reagan was not an astonishing president and was not as achieving as people thought he was."
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  • +1 +12 -11 John q Jul. 2, 2012
    "Ronald reagan was not a great president. Under Reagan deficit spending became common practice. Reagan failed to cut overall spending, while cutting taxes. In this respect especially regarding defense he is just like George W. His tax policies began policies that greatly increased inequality in America. In the last thirty years wages in real income have flat lined while increasing exponentially for he most wealthy of Americans. The legacy of which has led to less economic mobility in America, so in other words it has made the American dream more difficult to achieve. Also most of the economic growth that happened under him go back to policies of the fed to control inflation that actually began under Carter."
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    • 0 0 0 Basie May. 12, 2013
      "I agree with your opinion on Ronald Reagan because he made tax payers pay to much money for his SDI plan which costed them $33 billion dollars in the year of 1983- it was too expensive and complex. Reagan also opposed many civil rights that had to do with African-Americans- opposing Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a national holiday which shows that he a racist and that the economic lot for blacks improved immensely after Reagan's presidency."
  • -1 +6 -7 Caroline G Miller May. 12, 2013
    "There is no doubt that Reagan effectively influenced the political climate for years to come, starting a wave of conservatism across America; however, he did not produce results. Reagan set out to balance the budget and decrease taxes. Unfortunately, under Reagan the deficit actually increased and taxes rose on the middle class. Reagan completely ignored AIDS until the medical community forced him to address it when it was arguably too late. Additionally, Reagan vocally opposed numerous civil rights laws including an extension of the Voting Rights Act. Perhaps the most penurious of all of Reagan's inadequacies was the Iran-Contra scandal. Not only was it blatantly illegal to sell weapons to a state categorized by our illustrious nation to sponsor terrorism, but to then turn around and give the proceeds to insurgents in Nicaragua despite pledging to not interfere in the war is downright dishonest. Reagan did not follow up on his promises, completely disobeyed international and federal law, and ignored medical fact. Reagan was clearly among our worst presidents and deserved impeachment and not the near-deification awarded him by modern-day conservatives."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Forrest Greenwalt May. 15, 2012
    "Many a person can continue to say that Ronald Reagan stimulated economic growth, strengthened national defense, and ended the Cold War. Being that he so called "ended the Cold War" he can gain some recognition and credability. But the fact that he added nearly $2 trillion to the national debt, more than doubled the deficit, and spent countless money, time, and effort on pointless and outlandish devices in SDI, thinking that one day soon we will be able to shoot space lasers if there was some sort of missles coming at us.Reagan was also against civil rights. He lifted taxes on the wealthy and pushed to shut down civil rights legislation, like CETA. Reagan directly made the gap between the rich and poor larger. Rich got richer, poor got poorer. Along with his ridiculous spending habits, Reagan, in his second term, revealed that he wasn't the "Great Communicator", the only thing going for him, that he once was, with the Iran-Contra Scandal. How can the president be "unaware" that his american diplomats arranged arms sales with Iran? Knowing that he messed up, Reagan first lied that he didn't know, fired diplomats that were doing there jobs, then covered it up with responding how great the turkey looked on Thanksgiving."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Alejandro Restrepo May. 13, 2013
    "Although Ronald Reagan did have some successful accomplishments during his two terms as president, he did more bad than good. If we look at charts of the US National Debt and how it has grown over the last few decades, it is obvious that the first major spike in the US spending occurred in the the 1980's, during Reagan's time as president. Reagan had an obsession with Defense Spending, and tried to start programs such as the SDI, a program in which Reagan wanted to place satellites in space that defended the US from foreign attacks. Defense spending under reagan grew from $178 million to $283 billion from 1981 to 1988."
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  • -2 +9 -11 Dan Sep. 9, 2012
    "Reagan's legacy can be summed up in four words: 9-11, George W. Bush. His policy of making secret arms deals with terrorists and invading other countries gave rise to terrorists like Osama Bin Laden and dictators like Sadaam Huissen and comprimised national security. Reagan's evading resposibilty for the Iran Contra affair set the precedent for a presendency that was not accountable for anything. His disconnect with social, enviromental issues and practice of demonizing all that oppose him gave rise to increased global warming and created hate merchants such as Rush Limbo. His irresponsible increase in the budget deficet, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation almost resulted in economic disaster. These policies would be repeated by George W. Bush with the same result - failure."
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    • 0 0 0 Dan Nov. 13, 2012
      "Right because its all George Bush's fault................ I hate it when people like you just blame it all on George Bush. It is clearly Bill Clinton's fault for the 2008 financial crisis.
      And Ronald Reagan brought an economic boom to the US."
  • -2 +10 -12 Bryce May. 15, 2012
    "Reagan was an effective president there is no doubt about that, but were the effects of his presidency beneficial for America and the future generations to come? Sure Reagan helped to pull America out of an economic slump and helped to ease the coming war with the Soviet Union, but that cannot be all that is taken into account when examining Reagan's presidency. He allowed for $1 billion in cuts to schools for federal aid, leased tens of millions of acres of national land to companies that produced fossil fuels, and he vetoed the extension of several civil rights bills. While there were some positive outcomes of Reagan's presidency there were a lot of long lasting problems (large amount of debt due to military expansion, degrading the quality of public school system in America by giving less funds to operate) caused by methods he used to achieve his goals in office."
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  • -2 +24 -26 Ryan Apr. 28, 2011
    "Ronald Reagan preached smaller government, but was responsible for starting reckless spending in the US. He made several massive blunders in office as well, including his disastrous education initiative. His popularity truly belies how awful President Reagan was for this country."
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    • -3 0 -3 Anna May. 14, 2012
      "First off I dont understand how his popularity makes him an awful president. Are you trying to say that he was infamous? For education he put in 6billion dollars to try to improve the system, so it is a little harsh to say it was disastrous considering that he attempted to improve it. In his defense he attempted to use the spending in order to bring America back to a semi-healthy economy, which he did by reducing the inflation as well as increasing the amount of jobs."
  • -2 +16 -18 Jared Apr. 28, 2011
    "Record deficits, record violent crime, mass exploitation of precious environmental resources, ignoring AIDS - those are all awful legacies no matter how skillfully articulated by an admittedly great communicator."
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  • -3 +16 -19 Jeff Apr. 28, 2011
    "No Reagan was not a good president. The 8 years Reagan was in office was one of the most bloody eras in the history of central america. Reagan and his administration funded the anti-democratic right wing death squads in Nicaragua, known as the 'contras.' His administration and the CIA trained and funded the violence throughout the region. There were more than 70,000 political killings in El Salvador, more than 100,000 in Guatemala, and 30,000 murdered in the contra war in Nicaragua. Reagan has this blood all over his hands."
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  • -4 +8 -12 ztiwruH ebA May. 17, 2012
    "He increased the national debt, increased unemployment rates and raised the deficet significantly."
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  • -4 +12 -16 AM May. 15, 2012
    "Contrary to popular belief, Reagan was not the saintly presidential figure that many people revere him as today. His presidential spending, although he believed it was good, ultimately had a negative effect on the economy - the deficit doubled, taxes were cut for the rich, and his spending seemed arbitrary and non-beneficial. His various presidential blunders, the Iran Contra scandal for example, show that Reagan's impulse and inner thought control him too much and shows his lack of thought. The excuse that "his heart was in the right place" is nothing more than a fallacy, but his staunch supporters would disagree. He was a very popular president but not much else.."
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    • 0 0 0 Dan Nov. 13, 2012
      "Because it's so wrong to cut taxes on the most succesful Americans who deserve the money that they have worked hard for."
  • -4 +9 -13 Bob May. 14, 2012
    "He is a terrible president. He was reluctant to begin any programs or fight diseases such as AIDS. He brought in too much of his religious ideals into government. The separation of church and state were set in place for a reason."
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    • 0 0 0 Dan Nov. 13, 2012
      "Religion is what people place their ideals and beliefs on. It is impossible to completely get rid the church and state intertwining."
  • -4 +6 -10 No More Retardicans May. 6, 2012
    "Raised the debt ceiling limit 17 times, more than every president from George Washington to Jimmy Carter combined."
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    • +1 +1 0 kcJ Nov. 4, 2013
      "Obamanation that raised the debt limit to at a total of $17Trillion! Thank You Obamacate, Solindra,Tesla, GE, and many more Failed polices... Half the Demtards here didn't even read the whole treatous on this site...they Just agreeded wt the Dumcrats side of miss innformation... I lived them times and raised a family on the best econmic incomes the country or I could have....I had good paying jobs, even risking to move and got a 100% increase in wages on a west coast defense job. Reagan thru strong defense positions held off war wt Russia. Grenada who threatened Americans. If it was your sorry ads there and Obama had been in charge, YOU WOULD BE DEAD! That's a FACT of BENGHAZI LIES FROM WHITE HOUSE....YOU young diaper babies have no clue what was going on...and Stoll don't! Quit spouting left wing talking points and research it yourself from CBO officece and other non-partisan papers and news organizations, which will still be hard....Perfect he wasn't, but better than Obama....BY FAR! I've lived under both and this President lost me my Healthcare insurance....Reagan improved my overall income and medical/wellfare.... Go look it up yourselves, FREELOADERS!"
    • -1 0 -1 person who cares May. 17, 2012
      "this name is very offensive."
  • -5 +7 -12 Dylan Davis May. 14, 2012
    "Reagan seemed to have a somewhat hipocritical political agenda. During his first term, he publicly voiced his hatred of communism and had a pro-arms stance against the Soviets in the Cold War. His tax cuts also greatly favored the wealthy elite in America and helped our economy enter the worst recession since the Great Depression. He managed to get elected into office again and turned 180 degrees in his foreign policy from being anti-Soviet to making peace with Russia and ending the Cold War. This helped to mask some his other blunders such as the $2.9 billion debt and the trading of arms for hostages. Overall, it seems as though Reagan harmed the country more than he helped it."
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  • -6 +6 -12 Justin May. 14, 2012
    "Ronald Reagan, a president most likely to be remembered as the president who was once an actor and his past fame carried him into the white house. As much economic stress that Ronald Regan added to this nation, he did end a 43 year old Cold War and improved or foreign policy. President Reagan even purchased 10 million acres in 27 states in order to preserve natures beauty and elegance. However, all the positives of his tenure as president are outweighed by the fact that he dug us into a 1.3 trillion dollar debt."
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  • -6 +7 -13 Brett Frost Apr. 11, 2012
    "I'm con because the reason we are in debt currnetly can be traced back to Raegan."
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  • -7 +8 -15 Valerie McMurtry Feb. 4, 2012
    "This is the president who wanted to declare catsup as a vegetable in school lunches. Reagan, (typical of today's Repubs), did not care about the poor, and could not relate to the middle class. His friends were wealthy, elitists who were concerned with keeping the status quo for their own benefit."
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  • -10 +6 -16 sean Feb. 16, 2012
    "Fooled the people like no other president before or after. Preached small government while expanding like never before. Slashed taxes for the rich, did more damage to working class and the destructions of the unions, responsible for countless deaths in central america."
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    • 0 0 0 kc Nov. 4, 2013
      "Obama is doing a GREATER IMITATION OF REGANthan Reagan ever could...."$17T DEFICIT...HIGHER THAN ALL COMBINED PRESODENTS SINCE WASHINGTON.." from CBO office Projections, 2010! Check your facts Demloon!"
    • 0 0 0 liam Oct. 22, 2013
      "You are talking about Obama"
  • -13 +8 -21 Andrew J Gricd Jul. 21, 2011
    "Ronald Reagan was the biggest single sponsor of terrorism in the western hemisphere during his presidency. The so-called "contras" in Nicaragua were an extremely bloody and brutal terrorist army that never controlled even one foot of Nicaraguan territory. They were not freedom fighters fighting on one side of a civil war. They were entirely creatures operating at the pleasure of Reagan's CIA and National Security Council. Reagan's administration also kept terrorist armies well funded and busy killing, maiming and torturing in Angola, Namibia and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan Reagan funded the people who would later become Al Qaeda. Reagan didn't care at all about the millions of victims of his secret terrorist wars. Nor did he care about the victims of all the brutal dictatorships he supported which included Saddam Hussein."
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    • 0 0 0 I'm not here Dec. 5, 2013
      "Why are so many people attacking Republicans? If you are Catholic, you should be Conservative, not liberal."
    • 0 +1 -1 David Apr. 29, 2012
      "Um you could say this about any cold war president... He was just the most succesful one in taking out the commies."
  • -19 +12 -31 God Oct. 27, 2011
    "He hated people with aids and said it was their fault for getting aids cause they where all fags Not what i told him to do"
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