The legacy of President Ronald Reagan

02/03/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, Welcome to WMNF 's Radioactivity. This week marks the birthday of former President Ronald Reagan, it would have been his 98th. Today we’ll look back at Ronald Reagan’s legacy with Will Bunch who’s written a new book about the 40th president.

But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s program. It was a discussion of the best ways to spend federal money to get the nation out of recession.

Former President Ronald Reagan’s birthday is Friday. He served two terms in office, taking over from Jimmy Carter --winning the 1980 election in a landslide- carrying 44 states. Carter’s 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. He’s credited with single-handedly ending the Cold War, reversing the nation’s 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.

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