Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 22

President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday anniversary

From left, Ron Reagan, Michael Wenning, Nancy Reagan, Patti Davis, Ashley Reagan and Michael Reagan pay their respects over the casket of former president Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after a memorial service in Simi Valley, Calif.
President Reagan and Nancy Reagan posing for photo with Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs and Brooke Shields at a Tribute to Bob Hope’s 80th birthday at the Kennedy Center. 5/20/83.
An address to the nation from the Oval Office on an evening scheduled for the State of the Union address. The space shuttle Challenger was supposed to be the first mission to put a civilian into space. He reminds his audience of the bravery and dedication of those who were killed on the shuttle.
I grew up in Memphis and Benjamin Hooks was a Baptist minister in Memphis who was the head of the NAACP from 1977 to 1992. I watched with great interest his reaction to his first meeting with President Reagan. He said that Reagan was a kind man, but was misguided concerning how his policies would affect the poor and minorities. Hooks thought these policies of Reagan would hurt the poor.
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 another myth:
The Poor and Minorities Lost Ground under Reagan’s Economic Policies
The 1980s was the first decade since the 1930s in which large numbers of Americans actually suffered a serious decline in living standard. 

The poorest 20 percent of Americans experienced a 6 percent gain in real income in the 1980s and have suffered a 3 percent loss in income in the 1990s. If you compare the income trends of the  poorest fifth of Americans over the past 20 years then the poor did the best during the Reagan years. Black Americans saw their incomes grow at a slightly faster pace (11.0%) than whites (9.8%) in the Reagan years.
President Reagan giving remarks after a concert by the Beach Boys during a reception and picnic in honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Special Olympics program on the south lawn. 6/12/83.
Little known presidential facts:
  1. The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon.k
  2. John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) would often skinny dip in the Potomac River.i
  3. James Monroe (1758-1831) once chased his Secretary of State from the White House with a pair of fire tongs.i
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