Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 17

President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday anniversary

Son Michael Reagan says: “Everybody wants to be, ‘I’m the next Reagan.’ We ought to just be happy we had a Ronald Reagan.”

President Reagan with Charlton Heston at a meeting with the Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities in the cabinet room. 6/15/81

This is a commercial from the 1950’s with Ronald Reagan. In this commercial he explains the evils of socialized medicine. How it can lead to total socialism, even back in the 50’s people were worried about what the government was trying to do with universal health care.

In the above picture you see Reagan with his good friend Charlton Heston. My wife Jill in 1992 was in charge of giving out signs for the Bush campaign. She was constantly going to political events. Mike Huckabee invited her over when he had Charlton Heston over to raise funds for him during his run for Senate. Jill had her picture taken with Moses, but Moses was unable to provide a miracle victory for Huckabee.

A few days later I saw Huckabee in Little Rock at a Baskin Robbins during his race for Lt. Governor, and he said he felt real good about his chances to win. Of course, the rest is history.

I have heard a lot of things said about the Reagan economic policies and many of them are not true. People want to go back and change history and instead they want to invent history. William A. Niskanen and Stephen Moore have sent the record straight in their October 22, 1996 paper “Supply-Side Tax Cuts and the Truth about the Reagan Economic Record.” I will be sharing portions of that article with you over the next few days.

Here is the first myth that must be destroyed:

Clinton’s Economic Record Has Outperformed Reagan’s
Our economy is the soundest it’s been in a generation.
The growth rate under Clinton has been 2.7 percent, half a percent below the 3.2 percent growth rate under Reagan
and a full percentage point below the 3.8 percent growth rate during the 1983-89 expansion. Standard government forecasts predict a 2-2.5 percent growth rate through the end of the decade. Yet, if even the high end of that forecast proves to be accurate, the 1990s will be the lowest economic growth decade since the Great Depression and the second lowest in the 20th century. Reagan meeting with 1981 Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly and 1981 Miss USA Kim Seel Brede in the oval office. 6/30/81.

President  and Nancy Reagan with Ray Charles after acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Dallas, Texas.  8/23/84.

President Reagan presents Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony. 6/20/85.

Little known facts about our presidents:

  1. On his epitaph, which he composed, Jefferson mentions that he was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statuette of Virginia for Religious Freedom and that he was the father of the University of Virginia. He neglected to mention he had been the President of the United States.g
  2. Teddy Roosevelt’s last request before dying was “Please put out the light.” Thomas Jefferson’s last words were “This is the Fourth?” John Adam’s dying words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives,” unaware that Jefferson had passed away a few hours earlier.k
  3. George Washington
    George Washington had to borrow $600 to get to his own inauguration
  4. George Washington didn’t have enough money to get to his own inauguration so he had to borrow $600 from his neighbor.i
  5. Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman did not attend college. Harry Truman is the only twentieth-century president without a college degree.b
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