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Today is the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War II. This is just one of the many moments in history I find it difficult to actually visualize, with every movie, book, or documentary on the topic only serving to make it all the more mind-boggling to imagine the incredible mobilization of men and equipment this involved. And then there's the courage that it takes to storm a beach under fire, parachute behind enemy lines, defend a besieged position, or any of that stuff. Just unimaginable.

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57. Re: no RIP for Ronald Reagan? Jun 7, 2004, 09:38 Zathrus
Oh yes? Think, I'm wrong? Prove it

I'd rather see you prove that Reagan actually extended the life of the USSR and its sattelite states. That should be an impressive bit of revisionist history.

Yes, the USSR and company were already on the way down by the late 70s... they simply could not match the technological might of the corporate West. But it was really freaking dicey for awhile there, and having someone who was strong in office prevented a nuclear holocaust (yes, we came within 5 minutes of having a Russian strike launched at least once). Reagan made it damn clear that he would stop any USSR incursion, and that the US had the military might to back up that threat. And the USSR did spend itself to death in trying to match that might... including trying to beat projects that never existed (we planted several fake military projects, they bought it hook, line, and sinker, and tried to design something better -- at massive cost).

As far as the national debt goes -- yes, because I'm sure the Democratic House of Representatives he had for both terms had nothing to do with the spending and national debt run up. The President may make recommendations and requests, but ultimately it's up to Congress to pass budgets, tax cuts, and all other bills. Yes, there were also vetos involved, but ultimately you cannot discount the fact that the Democrats controlled half of Congress and allowed "Reaganomics" to occur. Oh, and funny thing... trickle-down economics has also been proven. Do some research on the luxury tax on boats in the early 1990s. No, trickle-down economics isn't applicable to everything, but it's not this phantasm that left wingers want to believe either.

Dancing on his grave just makes you look sad and pitiful Halsy. Was he a perfect president? Hell no. And I think the accolades he's getting right now are rather over the top. But he wasn't the villian you make him out to be either.

Once more, the truth is somewhere in between.

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