“In this present crisis government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 when the nation was slipping into recession. His solution: limited government and spending.
“You can’t argue that it was the largest expansion in the economy since post WWII, so something worked.”
David Crouse is executive producer of the PBS documentary, “The Reagan Presidency.” Reaganomics, trickledown, tax increases and military spending are all examined. Filmmaker is Chip Duncan.
“Douglas Brinkley the historian who’s featured, one of many in the film, he talks about that and there’s quite a give and take on deficits and the Keynesian nature of military spending.”
“It truly was military Keynesianism and Reagan was a true believer in it.”
“If you want to live the life of policy failure, by all means, get involved in the Middle East.”
“I think that the events in Lebanon brought Hezbollah into our sights for the first time.”
“Then when you really begin to put it down on paper and then begin to look at some of the excerpts from that period you were chilled, you were really chilled because there was a lot going on.”
“Mr. Gorbachev tare down this wall…”
You can watch my interview with Crouse and Duncan tonight @ 8:30 on the Create Channel and again Sunday morning @ 10:30 on WGVU-HD. That’s where you’ll find part one of “The Reagan Presidency” airing Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
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