Nice man, bad president |

Nice man, bad president

Ronald Reagan was born in the same year as my own birth, 1911. I understand he was nice to his wife and kids and friends and such. It’s kind to remember the recently departed for their humanity, but let’s not allow sentimentality to cloud the facts of history.

Until our current president, I had considered Ronald Reagan the worst president in my 93 years and perhaps in the whole history of U.S. presidencies. Under his watch, our country was plunged into the greatest deficit in its history, inflation climbed into the double digits, Reaganomics” tax reform gave massive tax breaks to the billionaire class, and the “trickle down” theory redefined our working class as serfs to the corporate plutocracy.

Will Reagan be remembered more for union-busting (he fired all the striking air traffic controllers), for the tens of thousands of peasants killed by his covert illegal policies in Central America, the Iran-Contra scandal, the $500 billion savings and loan bail-out, or for the massive destruction and privatization of our natural heritage?

As a talented actor, he “communicated” his lines with fervor, yet the scripts from which he read contained vile and undemocratic policies.

Phillips George

Grass Valley

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