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Reagan: Not So Fast There, Mr. Obama

By Michael Reagan

You told some newspapers editors last week that if Ronald Reagan were running for president today "he could not get through the Republican primary."

I know what you were up to. You were trying to enlist Ronald Reagan in your tireless effort to get the GOP's presidential candidates to violate their principles. You want them to defect to your side and come out in favor of raising taxes to reduce the record budget deficits you've created for our grandchildren with your reckless spending.

You were hoping to make Romney and company look like conservative fanatics who'd never do what my father was forced to do when faced with a growing federal deficit -- compromise and propose spending cuts and higher taxes at the same time.

To some extent, Mr. President, what you said about Ronald Reagan not being able to win his party's nomination in 2012 is true. It would indeed be almost impossible if he was running only as the former governor of California or as an actor and not on his record as president.

Would the Republican Party of today nominate a union member or the president of an actors union? Would it nominate someone who raised taxes as governor of California? Who signed a no-fault divorce bill? Who signed an abortion bill?

A former Gov. Ronald Reagan would win some primaries in 2012. But it would be a hell of a fight for someone like him to get through today's Republican nomination process. Based on his record in Sacramento, in 2012 Ronald Reagan would be painted as insufficiently conservative and too willing to compromise with the tax-and-spenders.

But President Obama, you sly dog. You were also trying to make it seem that Ronald Reagan would support your socialist dream for America. That he would support hiking taxes to cover the deficit. That he would even support higher corporate tax rates and more government regulations on business.

That, Mr. President, is absolutely untrue. So is your insinuation that Ronald Reagan would not have supported Congressman Paul Ryan's budget plan, which passed 228-191 while your budget plan was being laughed out of the House by a 419-0 vote.

Ronald Reagan would have been a staunch supporter of the Ryan budget. His plan slows the rates of growth in Social Security and Medicare spending. In upside-down Washington, that's considered a spending cut. But in the real world it isn't.

President Obama, I have a suggestion. If you really want to find the cause of your budget problems, don't blame anti-tax Republicans. Look in the mirror. Then give Harry Reid a call over at the Senate and ask him why he hasn't put up a budget in 1,000 days.

And, please, don't try to make people believe Ronald Reagan would support you or any part of your failed plan to return the United States to economic health by higher taxes and more spending. He wouldn't.

Mr. President, I knew Ronald Reagan. He was not only a friend of mine, he was my father. And trust me, he'd never be a political friend of yours.


Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at, or e-mail comments to

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  1. agent007Comment by agent007
    April 12, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Thanks Michael!

    I would love to see you tell this to President Obama’s face on TV!

    We all miss your dad!

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    April 12, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    When the Democrats have to evoke the name of Ronald Reagan to salvage their tanking Presidential hopes, you know they have hit bottom. Reagan was well aware that raising taxes to reduce the record budget deficits never works with Democrat Social experimenters in power. The fact of the matter is that even balancing the budget with social experimenters in power never works either, because give a Democrat a dollar to spent they will always spend $1.20 and just put us back to where we were financially which is the state of perpetual debt. Democrats are the party of the never ending debt crisis, artificially created to frighten the American people into borrowing more to dig us deeper into debt and the real economic slavery of the American people which is their ultimate goal. This is why Romney needs to identify them as the real enemy and threat to American prosperity and why they should never be trusted with the American Purse of state which when they are in control holds nothing but moths and IOU’s.

    Ronald Reagan knew just how to defeat socialism, just like he defeated Soviet Communism, he starved the government beast economically and forced THEM to waste their own, not our economic resources trying to compete.

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  3. copakemanComment by copakeman
    April 12, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    i remember hiding under my desk, during drills, at school to protect myself from a soviet nuclear blast in NYC. i didnt have much hope that my country could ever defeat the soviet union. THANK YOU PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, you did it !

    The era of Ronald Reagan is not dead.

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  4. billwvComment by billwv
    April 12, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    I still watch the old westerns that Mr. Reagan played in. He was a good actor. But as President of the U.S., he was unequaled. The ‘impostor’ that currently occupies the White House would not make a ‘good pimple’ on Mr. Reagan. A comparison has to have some plausibility: I am afraid Ozero you are hopelessly outmatched.

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  5. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    April 12, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Reagan was indeed “the Great Communicator” and the greatest President our country has had since Lincoln. He had the ability to rally friends and foes alike and even Hollywood was in his corner. He made me proud to be an American. Not so with Obama.

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  6. irreverentoneComment by irreverentone
    April 12, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    wdjinc: Since when does being proud to be an American have anything to do with the current inhabitant of the domicile at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? No President, dead or alive, has had any effect on my pride in this country. I was proud to be an American ever since I could understand what this country stands for. This pride lasted through President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, President Johnson, President Nixon, President Ford, President Carter, President Reagan, President Geo. W. Bush, President Clinton, President Geo. H.W. Bush and will survive the current President Obama. The major difference for me is that with one exception I had respect for the Presidents who held office prior to our current President.

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  7. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    April 13, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Many Christians have heard the phrase, ” God does not have grandchildren”. It means that every individual, in each generation, must personally seek a relationship with Christ. You cannot bequeath it to the next generation based on your faith. The same is true of freedom. It is NOT guaranteed unless each generation is willing to fight to retain it. America has indeed become ‘flabby’, expecting other’s to solve our problems. No one has our ‘best’ interest’s at heart except us, and the best government is the one that govern’s least, allowing us to freely find our way, including the responsibility for those decisions. Unfortunately, these principles are NOT taught in our schools today, and our current WH occupant prefers BIG BROTHER gov’t.

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  8. kjb199Comment by kjb199
    April 24, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    The Occupier-in-Chief is trying his best to corrupt the nation. With the government-controlled education system disaster this nation has to overcome, there may be some malinformed students that would fall for his slanders. That doofus can’t even comprehend the difference between a tax rate and a tax dollar when he blabbed about President Reagan’s statement against higher taxes on “working people” than on millionaires.

    True American patriots know what your dad actually said those days, and the words he said were MUCH different than what the Marxist-Occupier-in-Chief was interpreting that day. Every time that babbler opens his mouth, we know he tells lies.

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