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Your Opinion: Reagan critic abridges the whole story

Your Opinion: Reagan critic abridges the whole story

September 7th, 2011 by Steve Sampson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

A recent letter writer was accused of being a liar and took great umbrage with that characterization.

In his response he said that, "Reagan made business deductions more generous." Has this individual forgotten that President Reagan had a House of Representatives controlled by Democrats?

To say that Reagan did these things is not telling the whole story as it was Democrats in the House of Representatives that helped pass the associated bills and then sent them to the president to sign. So, Democrats in Congress agreed with Reagan that these tax benefits should be put into law.

Later Reagan made an agreement with Tip O'Neil that if he were to sign into law a tax reform law that included tax reform, the Congress would come up with spending cuts in order to reduce federal government spending.

The tax reform law was signed into law but the spending cuts never materialized to the degree that Reagan wanted. Remember some of O'Neil's quotes about Reagan, "the most ignorant man who had ever occupied the White House." He also called Reagan an "amiable dunce."

These two guys did not get along, but the Democrats in the House helped pass the bills including the change in Social Security tax rates.

While this individual said that Reagan tripled the national debt, and he did, due to Jimmy Carter's failure to maintain a strong military, the increase was from $900 billion to $ 2.7 trillion. Our current president has increased the national debt $4 trillion in three years while Reagan increased it $1.8 trillion in eight years. To lie means, "to create a false or misleading impression," so I guess you know what you are.