“Ronald Reagan destroyed unionsâ€¦cut the budgets for education, EPA, poverty programs, etcâ€¦engaged in a public policy initiative aimed specifically at screwing over the poorâ€¦advanced the prison-industrial complexâ€¦.hollowed out the Federal government to the best of his abilityâ€¦ironically espoused the belief that government was the enemy (hello! he was the president *facepalm*)â€¦was reckless and neglectful in responding to HIV/AIDSâ€¦tried to cut disabled people from social security rolls (thatâ€™s rightâ€¦disabled people)â€¦HUD grant fraudâ€¦Sewergateâ€¦”
General Electric Pandering To Right-Wing: Why Are Progressives Silent?, by Angelo, Another War of Jenkins’ Ear, March 20, 2010 (via)
And just to get back to me-me-me and my book, one of the many reasons I bothered to write the Hackenbush novels was to remember what Reagan, his policies, and minions did to hurt artists and anyone in the working class in the 1980s. To name just one here: 8% waitress tax anyone? Because the Reagan administration assumed all waitresses lie about their tips. C’mon, folks, tax cuts for the rich and balancing the budget on the backs of the working poor. It started with Reagan and he got away with it and I’m not forgetting or forgiving.
Angelo, at Another War of Jenkins’ Ear above, asks where the progressives are on this issue. Well, they’re probably too busy dealing with the horrors of the present to post about the horrors of the past. But if you have a Reagan horror story, please post it on your blog and everywhere else you can. Or if you don’t have a blog, you can post it in the comments here. You can also post the link in these comments if that widens the dissemination or something. I love Reagan horror stories, and for your convenience, I have a page of links to them.