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Reagan: myth and realities

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The man many want to remember never existed. I lived in California throughout his governorship and watched him and his pet stormtrooper Ed Meese (who worked in the Alameda Co. DA’s office and later as Reagan’s chief of staff)  make war on the people of Berkeley and Oakland.

Here are a few links to the real Reagan:

Ronald Reagan, Enabler of Atrocities
Though hailed for making Americans feel good, Ronald Reagan facilitated horrible human rights crimes, recalls Robert Parry. February 6, 2011

10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan

Reagan’s embrace of apartheid South Africa

Plus: Salon has more in their series “The Real Reagan,” including how he cared more about UFOs than AIDS and how Reagan destroyed respect for the social compact that rebuilt America after World War II.

Michael Hudson: Reaganomics Sucked Wealth Up, Did Not Trickle It Down

Michael Hudson on Reagan Centenary: “Creating an economy for predators is not respect for a free market”

And finally a personal note-

WHY does no one mention that Reagan dumped tens of thousands of mental patients onto the streets when he closed state hospitals? He promised “community care” but didn’t fund much.  This move was followed by other states and then by the federal government when Reagan became president:  the walking wounded have formed the majority of the homeless population ever since.

For a more detailed look at how he sacrificed vulnerable people to expediency see:

Governor Reagan: his rise to power – Google Books Result

Written by  Lou Cannon – 2003 – Biography & Autobiography – 579 pages
“Reagan accepted the change without comment, but that was not the end of the story. Soon the trickle of patients out of the mental hospitals became a torrent …”

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