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  • Only a few voices dare recall how harmful his policies were.

    And you must feel so special being one of those few enlightened people. How can you be so daring? Aren't you afraid something's going to happen to you? After all, apparently many people far more popular and powerful than you don't even dare to recall how harmful Reagan's policies were. Must be a really dangerous thing to say.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Well, dare might not be the right word (non-native speaker here). When someone dies, esp. after a long and painful agony, people tend to remember only the positive things about him; that's very natural. In the case of Reagan, that means that people focus on the non-political side of his biography, since he was such a catastrophic president (although Bush raised the standards recently). This amusing cartoon [typepad.com] (found via Dave Cross) summarizes the current situation.
      • The problem is, Reagan's policies weren't particularly harmful. Sure, they weren't perfect, but on balance our country did far better under his policies than any President since FDR. His policies led us to a dramatic economic turnaround and victory in the Cold War. The number of people in poverty didn't decrease significantly, but didn't increase either.

        Also, you say "was heavily criticized during his period of activity," but he was far more praised than criticized. He won 48 of the 50 states [presidentelect.org] for reele