President Ronald Wilson Reagan
November 2012: 'Second are changes in media regulation and ownership. In 1985, the conservative organization Fairness in Media, backed by Senator Jesse Helms, tried to arrange a takeover of CBS and “become Dan Rather’s boss.” It failed, but two years later conservatives set the stage for an even bigger triumph. For decades, radio and television broadcasters had been required to present multiple viewpoints on contentious public debates on the grounds that they were stewards of the public airwaves. But in 1987, members appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Federal Communications Commission abolished this “fairness doctrine.” The change facilitated the creation of conservative talk radio and cable outlets to combat perceived liberal bias. Liberals followed suit with programming (albeit less effective) of their own.'http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/opinion/the-real-loser-truth.html
March 2012: "There was a time, Lynn writes, that the government would have been more concerned with limiting the power of a potential monopoly like Amazon than making sure consumer prices stayed low. Progressive-era trust-busting was aimed at restraining the power of industrial titans that dominated the economy. The same principal guided government antitrust policy up until the election of President Ronald Regan. Lynn writes: "http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/03/how-cheap-should-books-be/254279/
November 2011: 'Only a few decades ago, Ronald Reagan — a staunch partisan — criticized the “radical conservatives” in California who thought “ ‘compromise’ was a dirty word” and “wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today.” Not coincidentally, it was under President Reagan that Congress passed the most far-reaching tax reform law of the century, a classic bipartisan compromise.'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/opinion/compromise-and-the-supercommittee.html
June 2011: "These ideas were widely accepted at the time. But in the 1980s President Ronald Reagan and Congress began to shift from balanced drug policies, including the treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, toward futile efforts to control drug imports from foreign countries."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/opinion/17carter.html
March 2010: '“Reagan’s central insight — that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic,” Mr. Obama wrote in his second book, “contained a good deal of truth.” Most notably, he praised Mr. Reagan as a president who “changed the trajectory of America.” But Mr. Obama also argued that the Reagan administration had gone too far...'http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/business/24leonhardt.html
December 2008: "Blanton wrote in a 1995 book that Ronald Reagan tried to order the erasure of all electronic backup tapes during his final week in office; the current president's father struck a secret deal with the U.S. archivist shortly before midnight on his final day in office to seal White House e-mails and take them with him to Texas; and Clinton asserted in 1994 that the National Security Council was not an agency of the government so he could keep its e-mails beyond public reach."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/20/AR2008122002102.html
December 2008: "Harry S. Truman sent United States forces to Korea in the 1950s and John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson sent them to Vietnam in the early 1960s without a Congressional declaration of war. Congress in recent decades has voted to authorize military operations without declaring war — in the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in 1964 and the resolutions endorsing action against Iraq in 1991 and 2002. But Ronald Reagan, the elder George Bush and Bill Clinton launched military operations in Grenada, Panama and Kosovo without Congressional approval."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/us/politics/11web-baker.html
November 2008: "In 1989 and 1990, judges presiding over criminal trials related to the Iran-contra affair blocked requests by defendants to make former President Ronald Reagan testify and release his diaries."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/washington/13inquire.html
October 2008: "Other candidates who made themselves and their doctors available include the elder George Bush, Bob Dole, Al Gore and John Kerry. A leading example of openness was Ronald Reagan, whose age, 69, had become an issue in the 1980 election. Mr. Reagan authorized his doctors to be interviewed. He also agreed to an interview himself, against the wishes of his aides, answering all my questions, including what would he do if he became senile as president."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/20/us/politics/20health.html
September 2008: 'So now is a good time to try to remember the disastrous consequences of ideological rule. Although the same pattern can be traced back to the 19th century, when robber barons and Republicans pillaged the nation, we need go back no further than October 1982. That was when Ronald Reagan signed the legislation to deregulate the savings and loan industry, long a stable bulwark of the housing market and family finances. "All in all, I think we've hit the jackpot," he quipped charmingly.'http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2008/09/19/market/index.html
July 2008: "Against that backdrop, Mr. Bush has made little use of his clemency powers, granting just 157 pardons and six commutations. By comparison, over eight years in office President Ronald Reagan granted clemency 409 times and Mr. Clinton 459 times. More than half of Mr. Clinton’s grants came in his final three months."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/us/19pardon.html
February 2008: 'In the 1980 campaign, Ronald Reagan extolled the virtues of states' rights to an audience in Philadelphia, Miss., where civil rights activists had famously been killed by racist whites in 1964. To many, this combination of text and context covertly signaled Reagan's opposition to the Civil Rights Act. Reagan also made racial appeals once in office: He used an African American Cadillac-driving "welfare queen" as Exhibit A in his case against liberal social welfare programs.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/15/AR2008021502895.html
March 2007: ? Anne Gorsuch Burford, President Ronald Reagan's Environmental Protection Agency director, slashed and burned the budget at the expense -- critics said -- of environmental protection. She also refused to turn over Superfund records and was cited for contempt of Congress. After being forced to resign, she seemed to revel in fall girl status, later writing that 'when congressional criticism about the EPA began to touch the presidency, Mr. Reagan solved his problem by jettisoning me and my people, people whose only 'crime' was loyal service, following orders.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/16/AR2007031602676.html
January 2007: The idea of altering that balance dates at least to the early 1980s, when President Reagan proposed limiting the amount of employer health contributions that could be excluded from an employee's taxable income and diverting the resulting tax revenue to reducing the federal deficit.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012501953.html
December 2001: Lawyers from the State and Justice departments said yesterday that the United States must still respect the Algiers Accords. That executive agreement, approved by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, released $7.995 billion in frozen Iranian assets and won the release of the hostages. A provision of that agreement forbade lawsuits. Government lawyers say the agreement is still binding; lawyers for the hostages argue that the more recent legislation takes precedence.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41321-2001Dec13.html
August 2006: The onslaught resulted in the destruction of 2,000 villages, the deaths of at least 50,000 Kurds and the forced resettlement of hundreds of thousands of others. The Reagan-Bush administration remained silent as it helped the Iraqis fight the Iranians; Washington even made sure Iraq was invited to a prestigious international conference on chemical weapons in 1988.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/25/AR2006082501238.html
December 2005: "On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.
As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970.
Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter.
On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.
Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit. A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro...
By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa...."http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/rr40.html
December 2005: The tug over executive power traces back to the early years of the republic, and presidents have traditionally moved to expand their reach during times of war....Ronald Reagan circumvented a Cold War congressional ban on providing aid to contra rebels in Nicaragua.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/20/AR2005122001858.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) California (State Government) Organization Dec 24, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Economic Policy Advisory Board Organization Dec 2, 2008 Student/Trainee (past or present) Eureka College Organization Dec 24, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Organization Dec 24, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Supervisor of (past or present) Advised by (past or present) David M. Abshire Ph.D. Person Jul 15, 2011 Appointed/Selected Sen. Lamar Alexander Person Sep 30, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., Esq. Person Sep 11, 2006 Subordinate of (past or present) Doug Bandow Person Dec 21, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Gov. Haley Barbour Esq. Person Sep 4, 2006 Appointed/Selected Rep. Robert "Bob" L. Barr Jr. ,Esq. Person Jul 15, 2008 Advised by (past or present) Gary L. Bauer Person Jan 8, 2007 Appointed/Selected William F. Baxter Jr., Esq. Person Mar 18, 2012 Supported by (past or present) Ken Boehm Esq. Person Apr 22, 2006 Appointed/Selected Robert H. Bork Esq. Person Jul 31, 2006 Appointed/Selected Charles A. Bowsher Person Aug 29, 2006 Representative to (past or present) L. Paul Bremer III, MBA Person Sep 30, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Succeeded by President George Herbert Walker Bush Person May 14, 2006 Opponent (past or present) Successor to President James "Jimmy" Earl Carter Person May 14, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) William "Bill" J. Casey Esq. Person May 14, 2009 Appointed/Selected Susan J. Crawford Esq. Person May 12, 2008 Advised by (past or present) Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Esq. Person Jun 15, 2006 Opponent (past or present) Prof. Angela Yvonne Davis Ph.D. Person Jun 24, 2007 Appointed/Selected Lawrence S. Eagleburger Person Apr 14, 2008 Advised by (past or present) Mark Feldstein Person Jun 18, 2007 Advised by (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) Prof. Martin Feldstein Ph.D. Person May 8, 2011 Opponent (past or present) Rep. Geraldine Anne Ferraro Person Nov 16, 2007 Advised by (past or present) Fred F. Fielding Esq. Person Aug 10, 2005 Appointed/Selected Steve Forbes Person Aug 14, 2007 Supervisor of (past or present) Charles Fried Esq. Person Sep 6, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Prof. Milton Friedman Person Jan 11, 2006 Advised by (past or present) David Gergen Person Dec 1, 2006 Appointed/Selected Anne Graham Person Oct 31, 2006 Appointed/Selected Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm Person Aug 29, 2006 Subordinate of (past or present) Ed Gray Person Oct 6, 2008 Appointed/Selected Dr. Alan Greenspan Person Nov 9, 2008 Supervisor of (past or present) Kip Hawley Esq. Person Sep 26, 2006 Appointed/Selected Eric H. Holder Jr., Esq. Person Nov 1, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Person May 29, 2006 Supporter of (past or present) Saddam Hussein Person Aug 29, 2006 Appointed/Selected Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Person Jun 23, 2006 Advised by (past or present) Representative to (past or present) Jeane Kirkpatrick Person Aug 14, 2007 Advised by (past or present) Prof. Douglas W. Kmiec Esq. Person Oct 4, 2007 Supervisor of (past or present) Appointed/Selected Surgeon General C. Everett Koop M.D., D.Sc Person Jul 1, 2006 Representative to (past or present) Ronald S. Lauder Person Mar 8, 2008 Supervisor of (past or present) Rex Lee Person Sep 6, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Frederic "Fred" V. Malek MBA Person Aug 19, 2005 Opponent (past or present) Vice-President Walter "Fritz" Frederick Mondale Person Dec 24, 2005 Appointed/Selected Judge Michael B. Mukasey Esq. Person Jan 10, 2008 Represented by (past or present) Paul Henry Nitze Person Sep 11, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) Peggy Noonan Person Nov 11, 2012 Advised by (past or present) Theodore B. Olson Esq. Person Jan 17, 2008 Appointed/Selected Clarence M. Pendleton Jr. Person Sep 6, 2006 Family Member Nancy Reagan Person May 14, 2006 Subordinate of (past or present) William D. Ruckelshaus Person Mar 23, 2010 Appointed/Selected Mary L. Schapiro Esq. Person Dec 25, 2008 Supervisor of (past or present) George P. Schultz Ph.D. Person Dec 2, 2008 Advised by (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) Secretary of State George P. Schulz Person Feb 6, 2007 Representative to (past or present) Wayne Smith Person Jan 14, 2008 Appointed/Selected Larry D. Thompson Esq. Person Jul 2, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) Richard "Dick" Thornburgh Esq. Person Sep 9, 2006 Supported by (past or present) Sen. James "Jim" Webb Person Oct 28, 2006 Supervisor of (past or present) Caspar W. Weinberger Person Oct 20, 2008
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 05, 2012 The Real Loser: Truth (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: To be sure, the Obama campaign has certainly had its own share of dissembling and distortion, including about Mr. Romney’s positions on abortion and foreign aid. But nothing in it — or in past campaigns, for that matter — has equaled the efforts of the Romney campaign in this realm. Its fundamental disdain for facts is something wholly new....win or lose, the Romney campaign has placed a big and historic bet on the proposition that facts can be ignored, more or less, with impunity.
New York Times Mar 11, 2012 How Cheap Should Books Be?
QUOTE: A looming lawsuit could solidify Amazon's dominance in the book business. That might be good for readers' wallets, but it also might be bad for readers in the long term. Here 's why.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Dec 16, 2011 Crippling the Right to Organize (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: three decades of Republican resistance to the board — an unwillingness to recognize the fundamental right of workers to band together, if they wish, to seek better pay and working conditions. But Mr. Obama is also partly to blame; in trying to install partisan stalwarts on the board, as his predecessors did, he is all but guaranteeing that the impasse will continue.
New York Times Nov 29, 2011 How to Free Congress’s Mind (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Institutional reforms themselves require a change in the mind-sets of our political leaders, and they will not happen without compromise. Either legislators adopt a compromising attitude, in which case the reforms are not essential, or they do not adopt it, in which case they will not be able to agree on the reforms. There is no deus ex machina that will save Congress from itself.
New York Times Jun 16, 2011 Call Off the Global Drug War (OP-ED)
QUOTE: [US] Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe.
New York Times Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban
QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Even in an era of budget cuts, these government programs won’t die
QUOTE: But they have survived, again and again, thanks to powerful lobbies or high-placed patrons in Congress… “If lawmakers can’t cut programs that cost a few million, how are they going to cut deficits that are going to be in the trillions?”
Washington Post Apr 15, 2011 Unions Woo Airport Security Screeners
QUOTE: “There are no work floor regulations for us so when there’s an issue, management’s attitude is: ‘It’s our way or the highway...'”Many T.S.A. employees hope a union will help change the agency’s system for determining how workers get raises, a system they say is opaque and riddled with favoritism.
New York Times Mar 03, 2011 Pressure Limits Efforts to Police Drilling for Gas
QUOTE: Natural gas drilling companies have major exemptions from parts of at least 7 of the 15 sweeping federal environmental laws that regulate most other heavy industries and were written to protect air and drinking water from radioactive and hazardous chemicals. Coal mine operators that want to inject toxic wastewater into the ground must get permission from the federal authorities. But when natural gas companies want to inject chemical-laced water and sand into the ground during hydrofracking, they do not have to follow the same rules.
New York Times Mar 23, 2010 In Health Care Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality
QUOTE: [over the past three decades] government policy and market forces have been moving in the same direction, both increasing inequality. The pretax incomes of the wealthy have soared since the late 1970s, while their tax rates have fallen more than rates for the middle class and poor. Nearly every major aspect of the health bill pushes in the other direction.
New York Times Aug 20, 2009 The 21 Club: Drinking laws
QUOTE: In the past, states have been too fiscally timid to challenge the 21 law. But calls for change are growing louder.
Economist Jul 17, 2009 Who is the CIA allowed to kill? Cheney's secret assassination program may be terminated, but the U.S. is already carrying out "targeted killings"
QUOTE: The United States has had plenty of legal latitude to carry out targeted killings during the so-called war on terror -- and has been exercising that option vigorously for the past eight years.
Salon Dec 21, 2008 Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer: Legal Battles, Technical Difficulties Delay Required Transfer to Archives
QUOTE: the administration began trying only in recent months to recover from White House backup tapes hundreds of thousands of e-mails that were reported missing from readily accessible files in 2005. The risks that the transfer may be incomplete are also pointed up by a continuing legal battle between a coalition of historians and nonprofit groups over access to Vice President Cheney's records.
Washington Post Dec 12, 2008 Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act
QUOTE: Mr. Obama met Thursday with the leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress. The proposal would scrap the problematic War Powers Act of 1973, a measure passed in the hangover from Vietnam to give Congress more say in committing troops to the battlefield but largely honored in the breach ever since...
New York Times Nov 20, 2008 'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughter
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Kurds had fled to Turkey. Survivors described blinding, burning clouds of poison gas that dropped people in their tracks....In the end, the House of Representatives killed Galbraith's sanctions bill with backing from the Reagan administration. Politics had trumped principle.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 13, 2008 Bush, Out of Office, Could Oppose Inquiries
QUOTE: a precedent suggesting that former presidents wield lingering powers to keep matters from their administration secret. Now, as Congressional Democrats prepare to move forward with investigations of the Bush administration, they wonder whether that claim may be invoked again.
New York Times Oct 19, 2008 Many Holes in Disclosure of Nominees’ Health
QUOTE: Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public’s knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns, in which many candidates and their doctors were more forthcoming.
New York Times Sep 19, 2008 The corporate financiers are wrong. Would they please shut up about the wonders of an unfettered free market? It's taxpayers who are paying the price for their greed -- again.
QUOTE: It was a jackpot for the crooks who took over the thrifts, milked their assets and drove them into bankruptcy -- and for the political cronies of the Republicans who eventually swept up the remains in profitable work-out deals with the government. It was not a jackpot for the taxpayers, who ate the trillion-dollar bill for cleaning up the fiasco and taking over the bad debts because ... well, because someone had to pay the price.
Salon Sep 02, 2008 The Caucus: Talk Radio Host Slams Media on Palin Coverage
QUOTE: “The American media has hit a new low in tabloid journalism,” he declared. “They’ve taken a 17-year-old girl and they are trying to use the crisis pregnancy she finds herself in as a battering ram, a club, to damage her mother, her family. It’s outrageous. It’s tabloid journalism and they ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
New York Times Jul 19, 2008 Felons Seeking Bush Pardon Near a Record
QUOTE: The requests are adding to a backlog of nearly 2,300 pending petitions, most from “ordinary people who committed garden-variety crimes,” said Margaret Colgate Love, a clemency lawyer. Ms. Love, who was the United States pardon attorney from 1990 to 1997, said the backlog was overwhelming the vetting system, meaning that many petitions might not reach Mr. Bush’s desk before he leaves office.
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