She said it. Her own words were very plain. SDI told Gorbachev the final fact, the final truth. He knew the Americans could do it, and he knew his country couldn’t. They simple had no economic way of competing. Now, Gennady Gerasimov here calls it “blackmail,” but the truth of the matter is it wasn’t blackmail. It was a seriously intended program, and the critics back then, by the way, just to remind you, all said, “It will never work.”
I have here another AP story, and I just can’t let this go. I’ve got to comment on some of this stuff, because it’s seductive. If you don’t know how to read this stuff,
“A gift and a burden came from the Reagan years. The gift is the landmark arms control agreements that brought the world steps back from nuclear armageddon combined with a toughness that his admirers say was the final thrust of Cold War victory. After his time, the Berlin Wall came down.” Now, that was only one leg of the stool. There were three legs of the stool of Reaganism. One was beating back communism. Another was rebuilding the U.S. military, and the third was tax cuts — and that’s been the hardest one for even the Democrats praising Reagan over the weekend. They leave that one out. They just leave out tax cuts because to mention tax cuts equates Bush with Reagan. It makes Bush the Reagan heir. It takes the Reagan legacy straight to Bush. They’re trying to leave the tax cuts out, not going to let them get away with that — and rebuilding the military, too.
Now, of course to the press, “beating back the Soviet Union” is a big deal because they thought it would never happen — and at times, you know, they thought Gorbachev was the savior of the world. That’s why the “Gorbasms” on this program came into existence. The press actually thought Mikhail Gorbachev was the man who was going to save the world and Reagan was going to start World War III. He was just a tricky itchy fingered cowboy that was going to push that button and launch Armageddon, which of course was never true, but here’s what AP says is the burden of the Reagan years: “A sensational cost of that toughness and more. Reagan powered up the military while attacking the anti-poverty programs he said didn’t work, his shining city was built on a mountain of debt.” Uhhh, Reagan never “attacked poverty.” He didn’t attack anti-poverty programs.
This is the kind of thing that just makes me want to
It never was an attack on anti-poverty programs because you know how Reagan conservatism defines “compassion”? You define compassion by not counting the number of people who
Tax cuts? Tell me a Democrat other than (Georgia Democratic Senator) Zell Miller who supports ’em. Tell me. True, Bill Richardson. Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico cut taxes in his state, but aside from that, you can’t name me any Democrats who want to do tax cuts because they saw Reagan do them. We have Democrats who tried to revise what happened in the 80s and blame the tax cuts for all of our misery! To this day, they blame Bush’s tax cuts for whatever misery they’re trying to convince you exists — and, of course, we’re in another one of those economic booms that looks like it may rival the one Reagan created in the 1980s, and this is only going to continue to grow. There’s a story in the paper today that by the election, there may be a net gain of 750,000 jobs in this country. Net gain, after all this talk about Bush lost, what is it? Two million jobs lost on Bush’s watch? Oh, yeah, that’s right. It went up to three. The Democrats, “Three
So you have to know how to read this stuff, folks: very,
But he does. (program observer interruption) Yeah, who? Clinton? Nixon funeral, yeah. Well, that’s true. The Nixon funeral. You know, I have a totally unique recollection of the Nixon funeral. Let’s talk about that just a second. The Nixon funeral, I’ll never forget that. The whole ceremony took place in the Nixon Library in that little house. Remember that little house he grew up in? Here’s a man who reached the pinnacle of American success in political life, that little house that he grew up in. It was in the picture throughout the funeral. I just couldn’t get over it. You know something about Nixon? His wife, Pat, he loved her so much, when she had dates with other guys he offered to drive them just so he could be near. Just loved her so much. Anyway, yeah, Nixon, the funeral. Clinton was praised for being a great statesman and flew everybody out there on Air Force One. They televised the landing of Air Force One much like I was televised landing in Philadelphia during the McNabb week.
But what strikes me about the Nixon funeral was Jimmy Carter (Watch the malaise speech) and Rosalyn sitting there. I will never forget this, because to the people on the left — and a lot of ’em — Richard Nixon was just, just,
RUSH: Guy in Pea Ridge, North Carolina, welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Rush, it’s a profound honor to be speaking to you today —
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: — while you’re conducting this tribute to President Reagan. At the risk of sounding a little selfish, I’d like to relate just how President Reagan has personally affected my life.
RUSH: Okay, now, I know what you’re going to say. Hang on just a second. I’m going to admonish you just a little bit here because, see, I know what you’re going to say because I have the benefit of the computer that tells me, and I just want you to know: you are falling into a trap if you think that what you’re going to say represents that you are ‘selfish.’ It doesn’t, and that’s a leftist plot that they tried to actually attach to Reagan himself. Go ahead and say what you’re going to say so people know what I’m talking about. I mean I’m mildly, I’m saying this with love and humor, please understand. Okay.
CALLER: I accept that.
CALLER: Back in 1980 [sic–1981] when President Reagan first took office, I was working is a state employee no New York state. Good job. I was in debt. We had three children, one in college, two on the way, and hardly anything saved. Well, the third leg that you just spoke of a little bit while ago is “tax cut.” That coupled with the IRAs that he opened up for individuals enabled us to be able to put money aside and invest it in America. As a result, today we’re retired and we’re living on the waterfront of the North Carolina coast, and I owe it all to Ronald Reagan. There’s not a day that goes by that when I wake up I don’t thank God and President Reagan for the lifestyle that we enjoy today.
RUSH: And you are
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