|Stay dead, please|
So we'll just go ahead and thank you, RR, for:
Being a pioneer in deficit spending.
Cutting taxes irrationally...
...and then raising taxes to cover your ass.
Swelling the national debt from 900 billion to three trillion.
Funneling American wealth to the rich.
Overseeing a decrease in real wages.
Precipitating the decline of the middle and working classes.
Deregulating the mayonnaise industry.
Bloating the military budget.
Coining the phrase 'welfare queens'.
Demonizing people who need help.
Hating the poor in general.
Hating the environment.
Infecting the political mainstream with religion.
Laying waste to Central America, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, etc, etc...
For eight years Reagan eased our worries with a voice that was soft and peanut buttery smooth. While he was busy charming our pants off, the world most of us live in was eroding. More than two decades later, he has become the patron saint of the Republican party. How does this happen? You'd think the diseased Reagan mantle would be something conservatives would want to shed, quarantine and study so that the future would not see his mistakes repeated. Or maybe they should have just burned it and started over. After all, his administration was the embodiment of just about everything they profess to hate.
Happy fucking birthday.