Well, you can’t accuse Barack Obama of originality. Today, the incumbent President of the United States trotted out that old Democratic talking point that Ronald Reagan “could not get through a Republican primary today.”
The Democrat uses that silly notion as he lambastes his partisan rivals for their supposed unwillingness to compromise:
These are solvable problems if people of good faith came together and were willing to compromise. The challenge we have right now is that we have on one side, a party that will brook no compromise.
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Think about that. Ronald Reagan, who, as I recall, is not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist, understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases. Did it multiple times. He could not get through a Republican primary today.
If the newspaper editors (with whom he conducted the interview) did their homework, they would find that the party unwilling to brook any compromise sits in the White House, with the president, for example, having walked away from a a debt agreement last summer where Republicans has agreed to an $800 billion increase in “revenue.”
Oh yea, and Obama might want to remember that Reagan later regretted signing on the 1982 budget deal as the Democrats got their tax cuts, but the spending cuts never materialized. Seems this guy just can’t get his facts straight about his predecessors.
Not just that, Reagan never ran for president promising to raise taxes. Quite the contrary, in fact; in the 1984 campaign, he used his Democratic opponent’s support for such hikes against him.
Amazing, simply amazing that the man who is proposing policies at odds with those the Gipper advocated is attempting to speak for that great man. Since he’s invoking his successful president’s name, he should also emulate his policies — policies embodied in the Ryan budget he so readily lambastes. And that budget could muster a majority in the House; his couldn’t even get a single vote.