The Conservative Lie on Ronald ReaganSeptember 8, 2010 at 7:11 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments
I’m reading an interesting piece on a conservative filmmaker who is releasing a polemic this fall. Nothing too eye-catching about it. More power to him. But there is yet another example of the conservative lie on Ronald Reagan. From the Times:
While working on those projects, however, Mr. Griggs said he became alarmed by what he saw as runaway spending in Washington, and so decided the documentary would come first.
Runaway spending in Washington. It’s typical conservative propaganda. Nothing unique, except that this Mr. Griggs has created a documentary (can it really be a documentary if it is not factually based? Is it not a propaganda piece instead?) that supposedly highlights “small government.”
The tone of the film, which Mr. Griggs directed and helped write, is a little softer than that of those three conservative commentators. Its central argument is a straightforward case for the virtues of smaller government and the futility of efforts to redistribute wealth. But its charm, if that word can apply to political documentary, comes from computer-generated animations in which bobbing-headed political figures, designed by Tom Richmond of Mad Magazine, try to school one another on the ins and outs of policy.
Animated politicians on both sides of the aisle — Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah Palin, the older and younger George Bushes — all take some good-natured hits. Ronald Reagan offers Mr. Obama a couple of jelly beans, but Mr. Obama figures he’s already entitled to half, and so on.
heh, good-natured hits…But here’s the thing. Ronald Reagan is NOT an example of small government. How can people claim otherwise? Just look at this beautiful graph:
and understand that Reaganomics increased our national debt from $900 million to nearly $3 trillion! That’s TRIPLING the national debt. Not only that, but the size of the federal government grew, particularly defense, under Reagan. That’s not small government. That’s BIG Government. Under the man conservatives now deify. They long for the days under Reagan. But they deny reality. Reagan was a big spender. Reagan also increased taxes. Reagan massively increased the size of the government, and Reagan TRIPLED our national debt.
In other words, the current conservative position vis a vis “small government” is built on lies, deception, and fraud. These are unsustainable. Essentially, they are selling Americans a false presentation, and once in office, will NOT be doing what they say, because in the end, they will follow Ronald Reagan into massive deficits and massive government. Americans should be smart enough to realize the stupidity of putting this Republican group back in power in Congress. But sadly, this will not happen. Americans’ memory is too short term, and they are distracted far more by local matters or by entertainment. We don’t need to oscillate back and forth between the two parties. One party should be put in minority status for a much longer period of time until they have finally purged the madness out of their system. That would be the Republican party, a sad shell of what it once used to be.