Originally created 06/11/04

Reagan's legacy is glossed over



Many people believe Ronald Reagan was a great president. His recent passing has the media gushing with admiration and adulation for his legacy.

Here are some of the highlights of his career:

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, he allied himself with Sen Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., and saved America from violent takeover by liberal Jewish screenwriters. He also rescued us from those evil welfare queens who used to drive Cadillacs before he became president.

One woman sent a letter to Mr. Reagan asking him how she was supposed to feed her kids after he cut funding for food stamps. Mr. Reagan had his wife, Nancy, send the lady a recipe for artichoke dip. That took care of her.

Mr. Reagan was well-known for winning the Cold War, and Americans no longer fear nuclear attack, even though those same missiles are still targeted on us.

Mr. Reagan solved mental illness. We can throw the bums out on the street, and if they have no housing, and have to eat out of a garbage can, well, that's just too bad.

His policy for the Middle East was a masterpiece. He encouraged Saddam Hussein to use chemical weapons on Iran, while we secretly gave arms to Iran. One can understand the logic. If both sides wipe each other out, the war will be over.

And who could ever forget Reaganomics? By shifting the tax burden from big corporations to the working class, his economic plan would have the money trickle down from rich to poor. It's still a good idea. One should follow behind a corporate executive. Maybe he'll have a hole in his pocket, and the money will trickle out.

Mark Gelbart

Augusta