Compared to the Conservative/ Republican standard bearer Ronald Reagan how is President Obama doing?

Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law that granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. (The Immigration Reform and Control Act 1986) When President Reagan signed the bill, he declared, "It will remove the incentive for illegal immigration." Boy was he wrong!

Reagan signed the largest peacetime tax increase in American history into law. (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982)

The national debt almost tripled while he was President.

The deficit almost tripled while he was President.

He had an unemployment rate above 10% for 10 straight months. Sept. 1982 to June 1983

Ronald Reagan presided over two of the biggest currency interventions in history. The Plaza Accord of 1985, when the world's major governments met to strengthen the yen and weaken the dollar and the Louvre accord of 1987.

Reagan's disastrous decision to send troops to Lebanon cost the lives of 241 American service members ( 220 Marines)



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Statement on Signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

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  • 9 years ago
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    Interesting that one respondent would label you "troll" despite your references, and yet not provide any specifics for a Reagan defense. Name-calling is often resorted to by those who have no facts to dispute what is being said.

    This being said, I'm wondering how anyone can claim President Obama to be a negative when our current economic concerns and deregulated crappola is of historical and global significance that is unprecedented! There are no comparisons possible other than the actions taken to get this nation fully recovered from the Great Depression---and many of President Obama's would-be denigrators were either infants or unborn during this 1929-1938 period of history.

    Reagan, who had ALZHEIMERS while President, was HANDLED by some of the same orchestrators of our nation's fiscal woes under GW and under Bush/Quayle: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowicz, and the Carlyle Group, with lots of input from The Family, a DC-based CULT that controls pretty much every move the GOP makes (Sharlet, 2008, 2010), and Heritage Foundation (same cult, different name). We lost our manufacturing base then, just as we did under GOP totalitarianism from 2001 through to 2007, and outsourcing became the NORM as more and more American workers lost their livelihood. President Obama has been working with the Democrats to END this policy for good (see for more details on the 40 states with new alternative-energy plants up and running thanks in part to the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).

    We've had an 8% PAYDOWN of our Republican-caused DEFICIT (Reuters, Washington Post June articles; MSNBC) by President Obama and the Democrats as well. The consumer protecting legislations that have been passed under this president are numerous---not something for which ANY Republican president was known (and especially not PATCO-firing Reagan). I'd say that President Obama is miles ahead of anything Reagan did, and he is not being "handled" by the evil-minded Cheney et al. We are in good hands, in my educated opinion (see's Obameter,,, "Frontline: Inside The Meltdown" of PBS; and JibJab---the latter two just to remind folks of what was in place before President Obama was even sworn into office January 20th, 2009).

    Source(s): Sharlet, Jeff (2008), "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power" and (2010), "C Street: The Threat To American Democracy." Available on
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  • 9 years ago

    Regan was great if not the greatest President in modern times obumbler is the worst you for got to mention he ha never crated a single job in his life been the most secretive, the most unqualified person ever for anything tripled the national debt, played more golf took More vacations thrown more lavish party that all the presidents. obumbler is a obuffon

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Come on Man!

    The Amnesty bill was part of a two part agreement with Congress to secure the border and give amnesty to those illegals who were already here. (In fact, the amnesty part of the agreement originated in the Congress) Reagan kept his side of the bargain. Congress reneged.

    The method by which unemployment is calculated was changed during the Clinton administration. If the same method were employed today as was used during the Reagan administration then the unemployment rate during the obama administration would never have been below 12%

    The deficit spending and debt were due to social welfare spending by the Democrat Congress.

    The decision to send troops to Beiruit was at the urging of the UN. I thought you guys were big fans of the UN and wanted us to fully submit to it.

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  • very very poor

    New Study Finds Zero Net Jobs Created By Stimulus

    By Lonely Conservative

    Remember this the next time you hear Democrats wailing about raising taxes on the rich to close the deficit. How can these people be trusted? They told us they had to pass that rotten trillion dollar stimulus bill to create jobs. Well, how did that work out? A new study finds there were zero net jobs created! Zero, zilch, nada!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Ted Kennedy's Immigration Legacy -- and why did he do it?

    By Roy Beck, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 10:22 AM EST - NumbersUSA

    I was dining in downtown Boston with a long-time acquaintance of Teddy Kennedy at the very time the Senator died a week ago. We had discussed what had caused Kennedy to pursue immigration policies that so fundamentally changed America. I got the news when I awoke the next morning to the Massachusetts TV stations doing their eulogies. I decided to wait until after burial to share my thoughts.

    Since NumbersUSA is a truly non-partisan and non-ideological organization, I want to choose my words carefully because so many of our members absolutely hated Kennedy while many others of our members truly loved many of Kennedy's policies (although fully disagreeing with him on immigration).

    The first group saw his immigration policies as emblematic of a Kennedy inclination to destroy the America as they loved it. The second group saw his immigration policies as an aberration that fatally undermined what they saw as many wonderful Kennedy initiatives to improve America.

    Whichever it was -- or something in between -- Ted Kennedy's immigration policies have destroyed the ability of the United States to be an environmentally sustainable nation in any decade soon because of the gigantic U.S. population growth that he has forced.

    And Ted Kennedy's immigration policies have knocked hundreds of thousands of Americans out of the middle class as their occupations have collapsed and wages declined because of inundation with Kennedy's favored foreign workers, or because they have directly lost their jobs to foreign competitors.


    For those of us desiring the traditional lower numerical immigration that, ironically, Pres. John Kennedy had advocated in his A Nation of Immigrants book, it was our great misfortune that the person leading our opponents in pursuing ever-higher numbers these last 45 years was perhaps the most skillful Senator of the last half-century in getting things done his way.

    Ted Kennedy surely was one of the most influential Senators in our history.

    His influence on immigration alone brought more change to America than the work of any other Senator during my lifetime.

    Just as a reminder, let's make a short list of the immigration policies that Kennedy and his extremely talented staff put into effect:

    •The 1965 revamp of the entire immigration system. It ended 40 years of low immigration, got rid of solid numerical caps and opened up chain migration into every overpopulated country in the world, exploding annual immigration numbers.

    •Massive expansion of the refugee programs in the late 1970s, opening up massive loopholes and encouraging a domestic resettlement industry that became a major lobby for more and more overall immigration.

    •The 1986 blanket amnesty. Kennedy's skills may have been best seen here where he got legislators on our side to agree to the amnesty in exchange for enforcement rules that he made sure were written in a way that would not work. Within a decade, he would be using the inability to enforce the 1986 rules as an excuse for why we needed more green cards and more amnesties. An example of Kennedy's great skill was that he persuaded Ronald Reagan to enthusiastically support this bill.

    •The 1990 immigration act, which increased overall immigration by another 35%. The first Pres. Bush was Kennedy's co-partner, just as the second Pres. Bush was Kennedy's eager co-partner in trying to force through another blanket amnesty 2001-2008.

    •The 1990 act also established the lottery whereby we randomly give away 50,000 green cards a year to people in countries picked because they have the least ties and cultural association with the United States, and which disproportionately are terrorist-sponsoring countries. This was something of a compromise for Kennedy who was able to ensure that during the first few years, much of the lottery winners would be illegal aliens from Ireland -- his own ethnic group.

    •The H-1B visas which have enabled corporations to keep hundreds of thousands of American kids from getting a foothold in the high tech industry.

    •The total defeat of liberal civil rights champion Barbara Jordan's blue-ribbon commission recommendations to reduce overall immigration and eliminate chain migration and the lottery in 1996.

    •Six mini-amnesties that passed in the 1990s, primarily aimed at specific nationalities.

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  • Daniel
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    9 years ago

    Ten times better than Reagan, he just has a racist right wing southern element in the senate and weak rural senators that are ruining his agenda, but if everything that Pelosi had passed had been passed in the senate, we would be thriving and growing 700,000 jobs per month.

    Look at her 400 plus bills she put to the senate...For not one vote.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I've been saying all along the politician Obama most resembles is Ronald Reagan.

    Reagan who tripled the Debt.

    Reagan who said one thing then did another.

    Reagan - the original, smooth talking, empty suit.

    Source(s): Conservatives little heads would explode if they thought about that though - stick to your lies, it's safer for all parties.
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  • 9 years ago

    there is no comparison. obama is a con artist marxist and liar embracing an alinsky inspired radical agenda that will ultimately destroy our economy if left unchecked. reagan was none of these.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Reagan had a 14 trillion dollar debt and was a Commie stimulus giver?

    Don't think so.

    Hell, Obama's mistakes in the past week is being a total coward on the Wikileaks ordeal.

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  • gws35
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Considering that Reagan inherited a MUCH BIGGER mess than Obama did, Reagan performed with flying colors.

    Source(s): Double digit inflation, double digit interest rates, oil crisis, hostages in Iran...ooooooh ya, now you remember. Anybody who says Reagan was a bad president was not born yet when Carter was the president.
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