Happy birthday, Mr. President! (Reagan)

110 years ago today, Ronald Reagan was born in the town of Tampico, IL.

10/3/1984 President Reagan poses at the White House

Ronald Wilson Reagan was President of the United States from 1981 until 1989.

I remember the day I cast my first vote for him as if it was yesterday.

My mother and I were in a long line that morning in a local school gymnasium. It took so long that I was late for work, but my boss just said, “Good for you for voting!” I even remember exactly what I was wearing: a gray and maroon plaid skirt, a gray collarless jacket, a maroon silk blouse, and oxblood leather high heels. On my jacket was fastened a WWII vintage Lucite pin with an embedded dark red rose.

The times were dark in 1980. The economy was in recession, unemployment was high (especially here in Michigan’s auto industry), interest rates were out of sight, GDP was negative. In 1979 we had an energy crisis. Gasoline and heating oil prices were high, gas rationing went into effect in some areas, and Jimmy Carter’s solution was “put on a sweater”.

Reagan promised that his supply-side economic policies, referred to as “Reaganomics”, would turn around the economy with lower tax rates, economic deregulation, and reduction in government spending. Over his two terms, the economy saw a reduction of inflation from 12.5% to 4.4% and an average real GDP annual growth of 3.6%. His administration saw the longest period of economic growth in peacetime American history up to that point, lasting 92 months.

When Reagan left office in January 1989, he held an approval rating of 68%, matching those of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and later Bill Clinton as the highest ratings for departing presidents in the 20th Century.

Historians and the general public place him among the best of American presidents.

I agree! Ronald Reagan was the vanguard for a new conservative movement. Here is his famous speech, “A Time for Choosing”, delivered on October 27, 1964.


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7 Responses to Happy birthday, Mr. President! (Reagan)

  1. stella says:

    Reagan stressed his belief in the importance of smaller government. In the speech, he revealed his ideological motivation: “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.”

    He also said, “You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”

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  2. weather257 says:

    Reagan was the man of the hour, for sure. I lived in Calif when he was Gov, and times were good. We started a business in 1972 and struggled through to 1980 on the brink of bankruptcy. Our partner, whose parents had financed our start-up, took it back in 1981; and we started another similar one (which immediately skyrocketed, vindicating us).
    I too remember voting for him…the first time I’d ever ‘tuned in’ to politics. Like Trump, Regan was a reformed Dem and SAG member and was promptly divorced by his former associates.

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  3. hoosiertruthfan says:

    It was such a blessing to have him as our president. We all probably remember how he was vilified during his time as president. They called him a cowboy, said he would start WWIII, called him dumb and Ronnie Raygun.
    He was the best president in my lifetime until President Trump.

    Who would have thought that a man born in Illinois would become an awesome governor of California, two states which you’d be hard-pressed to find worse examples of broken economies and politics.

    Weather257, I also was thinking how they both started off as dems.
    They were two men who completely believed in the founding doctrines and the wisdom the Founding Fathers had in forming our government they way the did. They both jump started our economy and pulled us back from the brink of disaster. President Trump, spectacularly so.

    If President Trump had gotten his deserved (and won) second term, I would have a lot more faith in our country surviving.

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  4. Menagerie says:

    I remember those years so well. We were very young with three little boys, and times were tough. Reagan told us we wouldn’t get instant relief, that we had to hold on, but we did and boy did his policies pay off. Like so many Americans we held on and made it through.

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    I just watched Garrett Ziegler on Monkeywerx. It is about an hour long but was sooooo interesting. He was a midlevel staffer under , okay, forgot already, but he answered a lot of questions we all have had. Patrick Byrne was not nuts and it is true that Meadows kept (the My Pillow Guy) and the best lawyer in the world out of Trump’s office when they had important info for him. In fact, Garrett had actually let them in at one point and lost his ability to usher people in because of it.

    I have to get something to help my mind. 😯

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