The legacy of President Ronald Reagan
Good afternoon, Welcome to WMNF 's Radioactivity. This week marks the birthday of former President Ronald Reagan, it would have been his 98th. Today weâll look back at Ronald Reaganâs legacy with Will Bunch whoâs written a new book about the 40th president.
But first some listener comments about last Thursdayâs program. It was a discussion of the best ways to spend federal money to get the nation out of recession.
Former President Ronald Reaganâs birthday is Friday. He served two terms in office, taking over from Jimmy Carter --winning the 1980 election in a landslide- carrying 44 states. Carterâs term was marked by high unemployment and high gasoline prices. When Reagan left office the unemployment rate was lower, gas prices had stabilized and the Soviet Union was on the decline. In conservative circles these days Ronald Reagan is held up as a model of the direction that conservatives should lead the country. Heâs credited with single-handedly ending the Cold War, reversing the nationâs economic decline, cutting taxes and reducing the size of government.
Much of what Reagan is credited with is a myth according to our guest, Will Bunch, who is a columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News. Bunch is also author of the new book Tear Down This Myth, and he has a blog.comments powered by Disqus