Mourning in America
The Man Who Sold the World:
Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America
by William Kleinknecht
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It seems fitting that Ronald Reagan’s ninety-eighth birthday, on February 6, coincided with the Senate Republican effort to stonewall President Obama’s economic-stimulus plan. Doomed to failure in a key cloture vote after a trio of moderates pledged support for a compromise plan, GOP senators nevertheless thronged to deliver droning denunciations of the package before the c-span cameras. Government spending couldn’t alleviate the downturn in the economy, they intoned, since, after all, the New Deal hadn’t alleviated the Great Depression; the nation’s mobilization for World War II had proved the real stimulus needed to put the Depression to rest.
Never mind, of course, that the selfsame mobilization was an orgy of government spending. The lawmakers were clumsily telling a big lie of the sort Reagan himself had
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