The Jackass Speaks: Lying About Reagan

Now that Santorum has dropped out, the game is on. If Mitt Romney and his campaign doesn’t pounce on this latest disgusting attempt to co-opt Ronald Reagan and use him to do things to this country that would horrify him, he doesn’t deserve to be elected to the school board.

I thought yesterday’s demagogic display in front of his usual audience of screeching, wet-behind-the-ears college student shills, delighted by  the One’s “Vote for me, and I’ll give you free stuff purchased with other people’s money.” This morning, he hit a new low by claiming that in 1985 Ronald Reagan campaigned in favor of his idiotic “Buffett Rule.”

 

This statement completely mischaracterizes Ronald Reagan’s legacy as pointed out in this piece by Phillip Klein in the Washington Examiner:

Yes, it’s true that on June 28, 1985, Reagan gave a speech to Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois about problems with the tax code in which he told an anecdote about an executive who was paying a lower tax rate than his secretary. But if you read the whole speech, it’s clear that Reagan was telling the story as part of his pitch for tax reform.

“Lower, flatter tax rates will give Americans more confidence in the future,” Reagan said that day. “It’ll mean if you work overtime or get a raise or a promotion or if you have a small business and are able to turn a profit, more of that extra income will end up where it belongs — in your wallets, not in Uncle Sam’s pockets.”

Mr. Klein also points out that Paul Ryan’s plan is actually closer to what Ronald Reagan supported in 1985.
This latest stunt is pathetic, and this man is an embarrassment. If Mitt Romney lets him get away with these blatant lies, he too will be an embarrassment. As the liberals like to say, the Obama campaign’s insistence on running on a platform of class envy and income redistribution presents a genuine teachable moment. That’s something that Reagan would have understood, and exploited, beautifully.

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