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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan lived a rich life and had an amazing presidency.  Let’s recall some highlights…

1.  In his 1984 reelection bid, Reagan received 525 electoral votes, the most of any candidate in U.S. history, as he garnered 58.8% of the vote and won 49 states in his race against Walter Mondale.

2.  When Reagan became President the top marginal tax rate was 70%.  By the time he left office, it had dropped to 28%.

3.  Reagan gave his famous “Tear down this wall” speech in 1987.  Two years later in 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down and two years after that, the Soviet Union collapsed.

4.  Reagan inherited a 12.5% inflation rate from predecessor Jimmy Carter.  When he left office eight years later, it had dropped to 4.4%.

5.  Reagan started out as a Democrat and was a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal policies. When he decided to change his affiliation, Reagan said he didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left him.

6.  Despite his strong anti-Communist rhetoric, Reagan held four summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, resulting in nuclear arms cuts.

7.  Reagan became governor of California in 1967 by defeating Democratic Gov. Edmund G. Brown and when he stepped down eight years later he was succeeded by Jerry Brown, the previous governor’s son.

8.  In the 1976 presidential race between President Ford and Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan received one electoral vote from a “faithless elector” even though he wasn’t on the ballot.

9.  President Reagan nominated five Supreme Court justices.  Three were confirmed by the Senate (O’Connor, Scalia and Kennedy) and two weren’t (Bork and Ginsburg.)

10.  After Russia shot-down Korean Airlines flight 007, Reagan announced that the military’s Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use once it was sufficiently developed.

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  • GeneralAl

    Now I know why Obama is studying Reagan! Hes doing everything in opposition to what Reagan would do. Reagan looked into the mirror to comb his hair, Obama looks to admire himself!

  • Cynicatgroundzero

    The most telling difference between Reagan and Obama is that Ronald Reagan absolutely loved this country. Obama seems ashamed to be an American and seems ashamed of our greatness. I can’t wait until the next Obama speech in Cairo!

    We need to make sure that Obama … laughing stock of the world that he is … does not destroy our country. We have the will and the tenacity and patriotism to undo the damage, come Nov 2012.

  • Dustoff

    Reagan would have NEVER sold out the Brit’s like O-bummer did. Stupid SALT’s agreement gave away more that we thought.
    Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.

    Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.

    The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.

  • planeboy

    I love that Reagan said of states “don’t get in bed with the goverment, you’ll never get a good nights sleep”.

  • joe_heathen

    Where’s the facts about his permitting the sales of weapons to known terrorists in what was known, timidly, as the “Iran-Contra Affair”?
    How about Reagan increasing Social Security taxes to make up a known shortfall? Today’s GOP has no backbone to do what Reagan did to keep the economy functional.

  • joe_heathen

    So why have the UK and France signed an agreement that assigns all maintenance services for its nuclear arsenal to the French military?
    What chapter and verse of New START states that British nuclear secrets are a, as you say, “bargaining chip”? Name the defense (I note that you used the UK spelling “defence” which means you cut and paste your comment) analysts you cite in your cut-and-paste comment.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Obama and his ilk betray our country every day.
    Obviously, now, they would have no problem betraying the UK in order to have a piece of paper to wave in front of the television cameras. ‘Peace in our time!’
    This betrayal really disgusts me.

  • CJWarnke

    Yup, He did something.

    Compared to Slobama, who bends at the waist to bury his head in the sand, like a cartoon ostrich, while the SS system goes insolvent.

    I have never seen a President before with Normalcy Bias, whistling and playing his friggin violin as “Rome” burns.

    GRRR, this idiot in office chaps my hide. I really think he WANTS to eliminate the Dollar as the reserve currency. More and more, I TRULY believe he wants to drive this country into the poor house. I used to say that just to get a rise outa the Libs, but I really cant believe this guy is as stupid as he is acting, so i assume its intentional.

    And he drags idiots like Chuck “Three branches of government, House, Senate and President” Shumer and Nancy “We will know whats in it when we pass it” Pelosi with him.

    Its either that, or he really IS that stupid, and this is all what Soros wants. I just dont know.

    But, when we sell out our allies (Britian), Kiss our enemies asses (China, Islamists) and generally make a public idiot of ourselves by letting this guy speak in public, I think that it does more for conservatives and moderates than any true change of heart this dude might actually have.

  • Richard

    Reagan belongs on Mt. Rushmore.
    He, and he alone, perhaps with divine guidance, restored the luster to this great nation that was lost in the Nixon, and especially the Carter years.
    Damn, do I miss him!

  • Billtexas

    To quote Hank Hill from “King of the Hill,” “I miss voting for that man!”

  • Gene Lalor

    The Wisdom and Wit of Ronaldus Magnus

    Sunday, February 6, 2011 marks the one hundredth birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, 33rd governor of the State of California and 40th President of the United States. Where are you now when we need you more than ever!

    A conservative icon still revered by many, Republicans and Democrats alike, and still reviled by malcontent liberals/leftists/progressives, Reagan was appropriately nickanmed “Ronaldus Magnus” by Rush Limbaugh, an apt sobriquet because he was indeed a great president as well as a great man and a great American.

    A human being and thus not un-flawed, Reagan, like Republican President Eisenhower before him and Republican President George W. Bush after him, was dismissed as an intellectual lightweight while in office and even after his retirement by those who could never abide a Republican much less a conservative.

    The poor kid from Illinois Reagan became a radio broadcaster, actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild. He was an early liberal and Democrat. He later said he didn’t leave the Democrat Party, it left him. He was a Civil Rights supporter before it was chic and always a staunch anti-Communist. He lost his bids for the Republican nomination in 1968 and 1976, never gave up, and defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980 and scored a landslide win over Walter Mondale four years later.

    There’s no need here to recount the many achievements of Ronald Reagan. His life and career speak for themselves and he spoke for himself often and forcefully during that life and career as well as in the 2001 Reagan, In His Own Hand. Those collected writings in Reagan’s handwriting should have dispelled any notion that this man was his own man who clearly articulated his own, distinctive revolutionary vision for his country, and brought it about.

    It is worthwhile to note that the only “scandal” with which his opponents were able to smear him, the Iran-Contra Affair, occurred largely for humanitarian reasons. The arms-for-hostages scheme essentially involved the Executive Branch selling weapons to Iran in order to free six American prisoners being held by Hezbollah with some monies used to help fund Nicaragua’s anti-Communist Contras. A medal should have been awarded.

    In addition to his accomplishments, Ronald Reagan should also be remembered for his incisive wit and comprehension of the human animal and the political beast. He was not an overtly religious man, yet governed as if he were.

    We all know his famous quotations such as, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’ “ and his command, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Some few of his lesser known gems follow:

    . Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
    . All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
    . Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
    . Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
    . How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
    . I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.
    . Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
    . Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
    . History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
    (Compiled from

    . There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war; it’s to be prepared for peace.
    . It would seem that not only is religion lacking in the schools–so is common sense. I wonder what a teacher is supposed to say if a kid asks about those four words on a dime– ‘In God We Trust.’ Or maybe that’s why they aren’t being taught how to read these days.
    . No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
    . Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.
    . There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.
    (Compiled from

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Thank you and may God bless you.

  • 1LonesomeDove1

    They were only terrorists to “you” because they stood in resistance to your atheist communist heroes, the Sandinistas. Those same heroes who were also committing genocide against the Miskito Indians.

    Congress raises taxes, not a president…..and making loans to people who can’t pay them back is not the sign of a functional economy.

    You’re name should be joe-ignorance.

  • Jacqueleen

    Recently, I watched two You Tube videos of Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower both giving speeches to the American people warning them who the real rulers of this country are. You must be able to guess the answer. In my estimation, we have not had true patriots since then. Reagan was just okay in my book. I remember his Tax Reform package that did away with Investment Tax Credit to corporations…..that looked like a penalty and a way to get even with the rich…but in truth, it was a strategy. This was the start of globalization. The ITC was an incentive to corporations to expand and hire. As a result, the corporations downsized (high unemployment) merged, formed acquisitions and proceeded to go abroad for cheaper labor. Many people lost their homes and could not find employment even after going back to college to change their degree… jobs vanished! Sound familiar? Get the picture? I lived this nightmare and could tell you that this strategy will happen every so many years to correct capitalism or for whatever the reason.

    Today, capitalism has gone over the edge with greed and needs to be RIGHT-SIZED. By that I mean, the rich corporations must start at the top and strip down to bare bones (no more private jets, outlandish percs, etc.) taking note of the Japanese Corporate behavior. Then moving to cheaper buildings to operate out of instead of posh buildings on 50 acres with huge expenses. Prices must come down to a realistic affordable number. We have to bring the jobs back that went global…Have you noticed China’s economy is thriving? Try to buy something that was not made in China?

    So, you can thank President Reagan for the birth of globalization and high unemployment. How great was that? How much did it cost you or your children?

  • planeboy

    Nahhh he needs his own mountain..

  • Juvenal451

    Forgot one: raised taxes 11 times.

  • Ken M

    …and then we can promptly start using that mountain as a landfill.

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  • Justin

    Why is Reagan a republican hero, he was in favor of the Brady Bill, amnesty for 3.1 million illegals, and raised taxes 11 times. Anyone one of those things would get you kicked out of the party today.
    1984 – Ronald Reagan on Amnesty