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Do you agree with Gingrich that 'Obama is so weak he makes Carter look strong'?

Carter's flawed judgment with his illegal pardoning of the Vietnam War draft dodgers, bungled diplomacy with Noriega, blunder with the Panama Canal, incompetence with Iran, and other matters, showed that he was in no way Presidential material. 

Partisan stubbornness gave him the slightest edge possible in his bid against Gerald Ford, and we now realize what a mistake we made by not impeaching Carter for official misconduct.  His track record rated impeachment.  It was a horrible blunder not to act according to law by impeaching that bum.

Democrats elected Reagan by a landslide in 1980 because even they were absolutely disgusted with Carter.  Reagan was elected by landslide in 1984 also.  Bush was elected by a landslide in 1988.  Twelve years of prosperity, peace, and harmony, put America ahead because the nation was united and happy.  Our allies prospered also.  That signaled the end of the Cold War and a return to humanity worldwide.  There was simply no detractor at all.

Clinton had two utterly backward terms which ran the nation into disastrous and escalating debt with nothing to show for it.  Clinton's intense racism and utter hatred for vietnam veterans proved that he was a leftist.  In fact, Clinton was in office illegally, which shows how Democrats adhere to law. 

The Impeachment of Bill Clinton dishonored the nation.  We have not lived down the Arkansas Razorback or his cowardly flight from military service.  Nor can we live down his sexual abuses with Paula Jones and Monica Lewinski.  This was a dark and purposeful humiliation only Democrtats could inflict on us all.

GHW Bush had to fight for every improvement in America by repairing deteriorating infrastructure, roads, airports, and improving safety in our workplaces.  Two very good terms made the nation confident once more.  We still benefit from his efficient and effective administration.

Now, we endure Obama.  Broken promises, hysteria, thugs breaking windows, and much worse, mark his presidency as the worst since Buchanan.

Obama had his chance and blew it.

It is time for a change, all right.  It is time to change things back to what works instead of the extremist nonsense and intractable debt we face because of Obama's incompetence.

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dfrogpong

ap the conservatives have rewritten history. regan signed anabortion law into effect as governor of California, tripled the national debt, raised taxes 6 out of his 8 years, had 3 recessions during his presidency and had more scandals than any other president. bush 1 left our country in a recession and was a 1 term president that lost to an unknown bill clinton. we all know bush 2 left our country with the worst economy since the depression, allowed our country to be attacked on 911 and then started his war of choice in iraq. 

 
Leagle

dfrogpong, your duty is to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that each and every one of your allegations is true.

 

To that end I have copied your statement so that you cannot delete it and then claim that it was amended.  You are responsible to prove all your contentions.  That is proof beyond a reasonable doubt by accepted procedure.  As the appointed counsel, you have already mastered procedure therefore there is no cause to instruct you.

 

To wit:

 

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ap the conservatives have rewritten history. regan signed anabortion law into effect as governor of California, tripled the national debt, raised taxes 6 out of his 8 years, had 3 recessions during his presidency and had more scandals than any other president. bush 1 left our country in a recession and was a 1 term president that lost to an unknown bill clinton. we all know bush 2 left our country with the worst economy since the depression, allowed our country to be attacked on 911 and then started his war of choice in iraq. 

 

If you have not proved each and every one of your allegations then your testimony is in discredit as biased and perjurious.

 

Remember: you must prove every contention or all are considered false.

 

 
dfrogpong

rocmike did you create another alias.  ha ha ha. i never delete posts fool you do ap.

 
dfrogpong

10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan

By Alex Seitz-Wald on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm


 
Tomorrow will mark the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth, and all week, conservatives have been trying to outdo each others’ remembrances of the great conservative icon. Senate Republicans spent much of Thursday singing Reagan’s praise from the Senate floor, while conservative publications have been running non-stop commemorations. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee and former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich are hoping to make a few bucks off the Gipper’s centennial.
But Reagan was not the man conservatives claim he was. This image of Reagan as a conservative superhero is myth, created to unite the various factions of the right behind a common leader. In reality, Reagan was no conservative ideologue or flawless commander-in-chief. Reagan regularly strayed from conservative dogma — he raised taxes eleven times as president while tripling the deficit — and he often ended up on the wrong side of history, like when he vetoed an Anti-Apartheid bill.
ThinkProgress has compiled a list of the top 10 things conservatives rarely mention when talking about President Reagan:

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, “roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether.” Reagan enacted a major tax cut his first year in office and government revenue dropped off precipitously. Despite the conservative myth that tax cuts somehow increase revenue, the government went deeper into debt and Reagan had to raise taxes just a year after he enacted his tax cut. Despite ten more tax hikes on everything from gasoline to corporate income, Reagan was never able to get the deficit under control.

3. Unemployment soared after Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. Unemployment jumped to 10.8 percent after Reagan enacted his much-touted tax cut, and it took years for the rate to get back down to its previous level. Meanwhile, income inequality exploded. Despite the myth that Reagan presided over an era of unmatched economic boom for all Americans, Reagan disproportionately taxed the poor and middle class, but the economic growth of the 1980?s did little help them. “Since 1980, median household income has risen only 30 percent, adjusted for inflation, while average incomes at the top have tripled or quadrupled,” the New York Times’ David Leonhardt noted.

4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously. Reagan promised “to move boldly, decisively, and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending,” but federal spending “ballooned” under Reagan. He bailed out Social Security in 1983 after attempting to privatize it, and set up a progressive taxation system to keep it funded into the future. He promised to cut government agencies like the Department of Energy and Education but ended up adding one of the largest — the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which today has a budget of nearly $90 billion and close to 300,000 employees. He also hiked defense spending by over $100 billion a year to a level not seen since the height of the Vietnam war.

5. Reagan did little to fight a woman’s right to choose. As governor of California in 1967, Reagan signed a bill to liberalize the state’s abortion laws that “resulted in more than a million abortions.” When Reagan ran for president, he advocated a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, but once in office, he “never seriously pursued” curbing choice.

6. Reagan was a “bellicose peacenik.” He wrote in his memoirs that “[m]y dream…became a world free of nuclear weapons.” “This vision stemmed from the president’s belief that the biblical account of Armageddon prophesied nuclear war — and that apocalypse could be averted if everyone, especially the Soviets, eliminated nuclear weapons,” the Washington Monthly noted. And Reagan’s military buildup was meant to crush the Soviet Union, but “also to put the United States in a stronger position from which to establish effective arms control” for the the entire world — a vision acted out by Regean’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, when he became president.

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. Reagan signed into law a bill that made any immigrant who had entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty. The bill was sold as a crackdown, but its tough sanctions on employers who hired undocumented immigrants were removed before final passage. The bill helped 3 million people and millions more family members gain American residency. It has since become a source of major embarrassment for conservatives.

8. Reagan illegally funneled weapons to Iran. Reagan and other senior U.S. officials secretly sold arms to officials in Iran, which was subject to a an arms embargo at the time, in exchange for American hostages. Some funds from the illegal arms sales also went to fund anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua — something Congress had already prohibited the administration from doing. When the deals went public, the Iran-Contra Affair, as it came to be know, was an enormous political scandal that forced several senior administration officials to resign.

9. Reagan vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act. which placed sanctions on South Africa and cut off all American trade with the country. Reagan’s veto was overridden by the Republican-controlled Senate. Reagan responded by saying “I deeply regret that Congress has seen fit to override my veto,” saying that the law “will not solve the serious problems that plague that country.”

10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. Reagan fought a proxy war with the Soviet Union by training, arming, equipping, and funding Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan. Reagan funneled billions of dollars, along with top-secret intelligence and sophisticated weaponry to these fighters through the Pakistani intelligence service. The Talbian and Osama Bin Laden — a prominent mujahidin commander — emerged from these mujahidin groups Reagan helped create, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan remains strained because of the intelligence services’ close relations to these fighters. In fact, Reagan’s decision to continue the proxy war after the Soviets were willing to retreat played a direct role in Bin Laden’s ascendancy.

 
dfrogpong

Governor of California, 1967–1975

Main article: Governorship of Ronald Reagan




Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrate Reagan's gubernatorial victory at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

California Republicans were impressed with Reagan's political views and charisma after his "Time for Choosing" speech,[68] and nominated him for Governor of California in 1966. In Reagan's campaign, he emphasized two main themes: "to send the welfare bums back to work," and, in reference to burgeoning anti-war and anti-establishment student protests at the University of California at Berkeley, "to clean up the mess at Berkeley."[69] He was elected, defeating two-term governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, and was sworn in on January 2, 1967. In his first term, he froze government hiring and approved tax hikes to balance the budget.[70]

Shortly after the beginning of his term, Reagan tested the presidential waters in 1968 as part of a "Stop Nixon" movement, hoping to cut into Nixon's Southern support[71] and be a compromise candidate[72] if neither Nixon nor second-place Nelson Rockefeller received enough delegates to win on the first ballot at the Republican convention. However, by the time of the convention Nixon had 692 delegate votes, 25 more than he needed to secure the nomination, followed by Rockefeller with Reagan in third place.[71]

Reagan was involved in high-profile conflicts with the protest movements of the era. On May 15, 1969, during the People's Park protests at UC Berkeley, Reagan sent the California Highway Patrol and other officers to quell the protests, in an incident that became known as "Bloody Thursday", resulting in the death of student James Rector and the blinding of carpenter Alan Blanchard.[73][74] Reagan then called out 2,200 state National Guard troops to occupy the city of Berkeley for two weeks in order to crack down on the protesters.[73] A year after "Bloody Thursday", Reagan responded to questions about campus protest movements saying, "If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. No more appeasement."[75] When the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Patty Hearst in Berkeley and demanded the distribution of food to the poor, Reagan joked, "It's just too bad we can't have an epidemic of botulism."[76]




The Reagans meeting with then-President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon in July 1970

Early in 1967, the national debate on abortion was beginning. Democratic California state senator Anthony Beilenson introduced the "Therapeutic Abortion Act," in an effort to reduce the number of "back-room abortions" performed in California.[73] The State Legislature sent the bill to Reagan's desk where, after many days of indecision, he signed it.[77] About two million abortions would be performed as a result, most because of a provision in the bill allowing abortions for the well-being of the mother.[77] Reagan had been in office for only four months when he signed the bill, and stated that had he been more experienced as governor, it would not have been signed. After he recognized what he called the "consequences" of the bill, he announced that he was pro-life.[77] He maintained that position later in his political career, writing extensively about abortion.[78]

Despite an unsuccessful attempt to recall him in 1968,[79] Reagan was re-elected in 1970, defeating "Big Daddy" Jesse Unruh. He chose not to seek a third term in the following election cycle. One of Reagan's greatest frustrations in office concerned capital punishment, which he strongly supported.[21] His efforts to enforce the state's laws in this area were thwarted when the Supreme Court of California issued its People v. Anderson decision, which invalidated all death sentences issued in California prior to 1972, though the decision was later overturned by a constitutional amendment. The only execution during Reagan's governorship was on April 12, 1967, when Aaron Mitchell's sentence was carried out by the state in San Quentin's gas chamber.[80]

In 1969, Reagan, as Governor, signed the Family Law Act which was the first no fault divorce legislation in the United States.[81]

Reagan's terms as governor helped to shape the policies he would pursue in his later political career as president. By campaigning on a platform of sending "the welfare bums back to work," he spoke out against the idea of the welfare state. He also strongly advocated the Republican ideal of less government regulation of the economy, including that of undue federal taxation.[82]

Reagan did not seek re-election to a third term as governor in 1974 and was succeeded by Democratic California Secretary of State Jerry Brown on January 6, 1975.

 
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"Reaganomics" and the economy

Main article: Reaganomics

During Jimmy Carter's last year in office (1980), inflation averaged 12.5%, compared to 4.4% during Reagan's last year in office (1988).[112] During Reagan's administration, the unemployment rate declined from 7.5% to 5.4%, with the rate reaching highs of 10.8% in 1982 and 10.4% in 1983, averaging 7.5% over the eight years.[113][114]




Ronald Reagan's official White House portrait

Reagan implemented policies based on supply-side economics and advocated a classical liberal and laissez-faire philosophy,[115] seeking to stimulate the economy with large, across-the-board tax cuts.[116][117] He also supported returning the U.S. to some sort of gold standard, and successfully urged Congress to establish the U.S. Gold Commission to study how one could be implemented. Citing the economic theories of Arthur Laffer, Reagan promoted the proposed tax cuts as potentially stimulating the economy enough to expand the tax base, offsetting the revenue loss due to reduced rates of taxation, a theory that entered political discussion as the Laffer curve. Reaganomics was the subject of debate with supporters pointing to improvements in certain key economic indicators as evidence of success, and critics pointing to large increases in federal budget deficits and the national debt. His policy of "peace through strength" (also described as "firm but fair") resulted in a record peacetime defense buildup including a 40% real increase in defense spending between 1981 and 1985.[118]

During Reagan's presidency, federal income tax rates were lowered significantly with the signing of the bipartisan Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981[119] which lowered the top marginal tax bracket from 70% to 50% and the lowest bracket from 14% to 11%, however other tax increases passed by a Democratic party controlled Congress and signed by Reagan, ensured that tax revenues over his two terms were 18.2% of GDP as compared to 18.1% over the past 40 years.[120] Then, in 1982 the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 was signed into law, initiating one of the nation's first public/private partnerships and a major part of the president's job creation program. Reagan's Assistant Secretary of Labor and Chief of Staff, Al Angrisani, was a primary architect of the bill. The Tax Reform Act of 1986, another bipartisan effort championed by Reagan, reduced the top rate further to 28% while raising the bottom bracket from 11% to 15% and reducing the quantity of brackets to 4. Conversely, Congress passed and Reagan signed into law tax increases of some nature in every year from 1981 to 1987 to continue funding such government programs as Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), Social Security, and the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 (DEFRA).[121][122] Despite the fact that TEFRA was the "largest peacetime tax increase in American history," Reagan is better known for his tax cuts and lower-taxes philosophy.[122][123][124][125] Real gross domestic product (GDP) growth recovered strongly after the early 1980s recession ended in 1982, and grew during his eight years in office at an annual rate of 3.85% per year.[126] Unemployment peaked at 10.8% monthly rate in December 1982—higher than any time since the Great Depression—then dropped during the rest of Reagan's presidency.[127] Sixteen million new jobs were created, while inflation significantly decreased.[128] The net effect of all Reagan-era tax bills was a 1% decrease in government revenues when compared to Treasury Department revenue estimates from the Administration's first post-enactment January budgets.[129] However, federal Income Tax receipts increased from 1980 to 1989, rising from $308.7 billion to $549 billion.[130]

During the Reagan Administration, federal receipts grew at an average rate of 8.2% (2.5% attributed to higher Social Security receipts), and federal outlays grew at an annual rate of 7.1%.[131][132] Reagan also revised the tax code with the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986.[133]




Reagan gives a televised address from the Oval Office, outlining his plan for Tax Reduction Legislation in July 1981

Reagan's policies proposed that economic growth would occur when marginal tax rates were low enough to spur investment,[134] which would then lead to increased economic growth, higher employment and wages. Critics labeled this "trickle-down economics"—the belief that tax policies that benefit the wealthy will create a "trickle-down" effect to the poor.[135] Questions arose whether Reagan's policies benefited the wealthy more than those living in poverty,[136] and many poor and minority citizens viewed Reagan as indifferent to their struggles.[136] These views were exacerbated by the fact that Reagan's economic regimen included freezing the minimum wage at $3.35 an hour, slashing federal assistance to local governments by 60%, cutting the budget for public housing and Section 8 rent subsidies in half, and eliminating the antipoverty Community Development Block Grant program.[137] The widening gap between the rich and poor had already begun during the 1970s before Reagan's economic policies took effect.[138] However, Reagan's policies exacerbated the trend, as the 1981 cut in the top regular tax rate on unearned income reduced the maximum capital gains rate to only 20%--its lowest level since the Hoover administration.[139] Reagan later set tax rates on capital gains, which benefit the wealthy; at the same level as the rates on ordinary income like salaries and wages, with both topping out at 28%.[140] President Reagan, has remained popular as an antitax hero despite raising taxes eleven times over the course of his presidency, all in the name of fiscal responsibility.[141] According to Paul Krugman, "Over all, the 1982 tax increase undid about a third of the 1981 cut; as a share of G.D.P., the increase was substantially larger than Mr. Clinton's 1993 tax increase."[142]

Further following his less-government intervention views, Reagan cut the budgets of non-military[143] programs[144] including Medicaid, food stamps, federal education programs[143] and the EPA.[145] While he protected entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare,[146] his administration attempted to purge many people with disabilities from the Social Security disability rolls.[147]

The administration's stance toward the Savings and Loan industry contributed to the Savings and loan crisis.[148] It is also suggested, by a minority of Reaganomics critics, that the policies partially influenced the stock market crash of 1987,[149] but there is no consensus regarding a single source for the crash.[150] In order to cover newly spawned federal budget deficits, the United States borrowed heavily both domestically and abroad, raising the national debt from $997 billion to $2.85 trillion.[151] Reagan described the new debt as the "greatest disappointment" of his presidency.[128]

He reappointed Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and in 1987 he appointed monetarist Alan Greenspan to succeed him. Reagan ended the price controls on domestic oil which had contributed to energy crises in the early 1970s.[152][153] The price of oil subsequently dropped, and the 1980s did not see the fuel shortages that the 1970s had.[154] Reagan also fulfilled a 1980 campaign promise to repeal the Windfall profit tax in 1988, which had previously increased dependence on foreign oil.[155] Some economists, such as Nobel Prize winners Milton Friedman and Robert A. Mundell, argue that Reagan's tax policies invigorated America's economy and contributed to the economic boom of the 1990s.[156] Other economists, such as Nobel Prize winner Robert Solow, argue that the deficits were a major reason why Reagan's successor, George H. W. Bush, reneged on a campaign promise and raised taxes.[156]

During Reagan's presidency, a program was initiated within the US intelligence community to ensure America's economic strength. The program, Project Socrates, developed and demonstrated the means required for the US to generate and lead the next evolutionary leap in technology acquisition and utilization for a competitive advantage—automated innovation. To ensure that the US acquired the maximum benefit from automated innovation, President Reagan, during his second term, had an executive order drafted to create a new Federal agency to implement the Project Socrates results on a nation-wide basis. However, President Reagan's term came to end before the executive order could be coordinated and signed, and the incoming Bush administration, labeling Project Socrates as "industrial policy", had it terminated.[157] [158]

 
Anonymous II Thinks this answer is Helpful:

It looks like Tadpole failed to prove anything she said.  No proof at all, just pretense, lies, leftist bigotry, and wild eyed hysteria.

 

Typical leftist doubletalk.  How predictable that she has only mastered cut and paste like a five year old brat.

 

What a pity she failed to tell the truth, just cut and paste some extremist paranoid's lies from a typical brain dead communist blog.

 

Typical.

 
dfrogpong

rocmike these are facts that can be looked up fool. you are on a computer fool. 

 
dfrogpong

rocmike this is the exact same wording all of your aliases use.

 
Leagle

In all my thirty five years as an attorney, I have never before seen a document that was so crowded with:

  • Unsupportable allegations
  • Libel
  • Defamation
  • Prejudice
  • Intentional misstatement
  • Half-truth
  • Distortion
  • Outright fabrication.

If this is the best that our learned opponent can muster, to think that we should support the failed Democrat party, then she needs to return to law school and learn how to credibly represent a client.

 

Dfrogpong, you have a duty to represent your client "vigorously and well."  You have failed to do so because there is no truth in anything you have said, you failed to bring out pertinent information, you failed to consider the opposition, and you failed to suggest a mutually agreeable course of remedy.  You are a very poor advocate, dfrogpong.

 

In the alternative, if your intention was to produce a weak case and thereby defeat your own client, then that is tort negligence and could well result in adversarial appeal, censure, or even disbarment.

 

I will say, counselor, that you have failed to represent your client properly and should restrain yourself from all such issues or conduct in the future.

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