Ronald Reagan: Pro-Tax, Supporter of Amnesty For Immigrants, & Pro-Sepatation of Church and State

“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”

~ Reagan in a televised debate with Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984.

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 In 1986, Reagan signed an immigration reform bill, the first in 20 years, that legalized the status for 1.7-million people.,.., Edwin Meese, Reagan’s former attorney general, characterizes what his boss did:

“President Reagan called this what it was: amnesty. Indeed, look up the term ‘amnesty’ in Black’s Law Dictionary, and you’ll find it says, ‘the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act provided amnesty for undocumented aliens already in the country.’ “

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 “Due largely to Reagan’s policy reversals on alternative energy, the US fell far short of Carter’s goal of getting 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2000, achieving about only one-quarter of that target, even less than what Carter’s policies had achieved by the early 1980s. In retrospect, it is clear that Reagan made reckless policy choices that had grave consequences for American energy security, for the environment and for the future survivability of life on planet Earth.”

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 “Ronald Reagan complied in the 1980s by dramatically reducing the top marginal tax rate. And while declaring government “the problem” he eased a half-century of protective regulations on mortgage lending…..So what’s the result of all this? The financial collapse of 2008, of course”.

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 President Ronald Reagan Apologizes For USA Gives $1.6 Billion Away:

“In 1988, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government. The legislation said that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership”. The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their heirs.”

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 “You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. “But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

~ Lee Atwater, a political strategist for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, described the Southern Strategy in an anonymous 1981 interview

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Rank these presidents on the average amount that federal spending increased per fiscal year during their tenures:

(a) Ronald Reagan (b) George H.W. Bush (c) Bill Clinton (d) George W. Bush (e) Barack Obama.

Answer:

George W. Bush increased federal spending 11.1 percent a year, (a) Reagan 8.6 percent a year, (b) George H.W. Bush 5.8 percent a year, (e) Obama 4.25 percent a year, (c) Clinton 4 percent a year.  

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Rank these presidents on the amount that the outstanding national debt was increased during their terms in office:

(a) Jimmy Carter (b) Ronald Reagan (c) George H. W. Bush (d) Bill Clinton (e) George W. Bush?

Answer:

Outstanding national debt was increased by (a) George W. Bush $6.1 trillion in eight years, (b) Reagan $1.9 trillion in eight years, (c) George H. W. Bush $1.6 trillion in four years.

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Which post-World War II president raised more taxes than any other?

(a) Dwight Eisenhower (b) Lyndon Johnson (c) Ronald Reagan (d) George H. W. Bush (e) Bill Clinton (f) Barack Obama.?

Answer:

Ronald Reagan raised more taxes than any other president

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Iran Contra:

“a political scandal in the United States that came to light in November 1986. During the Reagan administration, senior Reagan administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo.”

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Ronald Reagan on Separation of Church and State:

“We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.”

~ Ronald Reagan, Speech to Temple Hillel and Community Leaders in Valley Stream (October 26, 1984)

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