While President Bush is often criticized for good reason, Republicans and conservatives across the country hold another man high above all, Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan's policies were put in place and President Bush utilized them and continued the destruction of the United States. There's a strong case to be made that Ronald Reagan was worse than George W. Bush as president and here are five of the main reasons.
1. When Ronald Reagan came into office in 1981, the national debt was just over $900 billion dollars. Despite claiming to lower the debt during his campaign, by the time Reagan left office after the 1988 elections, the national debt has nearly tripled to $2.6 trillion dollars.
2. Taxes and size of government. When George W. Bush came into office, the top tax rate for the most wealthy Americans was only 39.6% and due to the Bush tax cuts, the top tax rate was dropped to 35%. Though other brackets were dropped as well, by dropping the top tax rate, massive revenue that was needed to fund the government was no longer coming in. The theory is known as supply side economics, or Reaganomics, where if you give the wealthy tax breaks, they will turn their added income into jobs. The problem the "trickle down" theory is that the majority of those receiving tax breaks aren't creating jobs.
3. Raiding the Social Security Trust Fund - With Ronald Reagan cutting taxes so drastically, the U.S government was beginning to starve. Reagan added to the government and didn't make enough spending cuts to offset the tax cuts, so the money needed to come from somewhere. Ronald Reagan raided the Social Security Trust Fund and replaced it with glorified IOU's.
4. Training Osama Bin Laden and other future al Qaeda leaders - Ronald Reagan thought Russia would be the possible destruction to the United States and after he was elected in 1981, funding for the rebel forces in Afghanistan increased significantly. Those rebel forces were known as the Mujahideen, who would later become al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban.
5. Middle Class War - Possibly the greatest failure of Ronald Reagan was his war on workers, wage earners and the middle class. There was a time in the United States where only one parent had to work and children could go to college without massive debts holding them down. Jobs offered pensions where the worker knew they had something to look forward to when they were going to retire and unions were larger, protecting worker's rights across the board. Ronald Reagan, once a former union member, turned his back against working Americans and union busting was happening across the country.
It started with PATCO, the air traffic controllers unions, on August 3rd, 1981.
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