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Open Forum: Remembering Reagan

During the Republican debate, the candidates invoked Ronald Reagan’s name too many times to count. It was as if he were here today he would answer all their prayers.

I’d like to remind you, contrary to what the Tea Party and most Republicans believe, Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times during his presidency. The tea party and Republicans wanted cut, cap and balance legislation which would cut government spending to 18 percent of the gross domestic product. Under Reagan, spending was as high as 23 percent and never below 21.3 percent of the G.P.D. President Reagan also agreed to raise taxes 11 times and in 1988 signed a major expansion of Medicare.

So much for Ronald Reagan’s stingy government!

Mary Jane Krmpotich