Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American
politician and actor, who served as the 40th President of the United
States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd
Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as an actor
and union leader in Hollywood. (Click
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(A) taxpayer is someone who has to work for the federal government
without taking a civil-service test.
A hungry child knows no politics.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
An economist is someone who sees something happen in practice and
wonders if it'd work in theory.
Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons
released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and
enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live
in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often
forget how much unites all the members of humanity.
Freedom is individual- there is no 's' on the end of it. You can
diminish it, but you cannot divide it and choose to keep 'some freedoms'
while giving up others.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We
didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought
for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we
will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's
children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing
things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the
understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has
gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at
one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short
phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it
stops moving, subsidize it.
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of
aggression is cheap.
I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national
emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
I never knew anything above Cs (in school).
I would just warn you that if you get in bed with the government, you'll
get more than a good night's sleep.
It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit
ourselves to small dreams.
Middle age is when you're faced with two temptations and you choose the
one that will get you home by nine o'clock.
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with
conflict by peaceful means.
Politics is just like show business, you have a hell of an opening,
coast for a while and then have a hell of a close.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards,
if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to
realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a
difference to this world. Marines don't have that problem.
Sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the far-right hand is doing.
Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in.'
The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise:
The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.
We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against
aggression- to preserve freedom and peace.
The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted. It belongs to the brave.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the
government, and I'm here to help.'
The other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a
people's democracy. It's the same difference between a jacket and a
The size of the Federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social
conscience or charitable concern.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is
guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American
precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need
for its own existence.
Well, I would- if they realized that we- again if- if we led them back
to that stalemate only because that our retaliatory power, our seconds,
or strike at them after our first strike, would be so destructive that
they couldn't afford it, that it would hold them off.
(when asked if
nuclear war could be limited to tactical weapons)
What does an actor know about politics?
What kind of people do we think we are?
When cruelty is inflicted on innocent people, it discredits whatever
You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or
right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left
or right. There is only an up or down...
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.
>p>Ronald Reagan is the first modern President whose contempt for the
facts is treated as a charming idiosyncrasy.-James David Barber
In the Reagan years, more federal debt was added than in the entire
prior history of the United States.
He has the ability to make statements that are so far outside the
parameters of logic that they leave you speechless.
The fox, as has been pointed out by more than one philosopher, knows
many small things, whereas the hedgehog knows one big thing. Ronald
Reagan was neither a fox nor a hedgehog. He was as dumb as a stump. He
could have had anyone in the world to dinner, any night of the week, but
took most of his meals on a White House TV tray. He had no friends, only
cronies. His children didn't like him all that much. He met his second
wife — the one that you remember — because she needed to get off a
Hollywood blacklist and he was the man to see. Year in and year out in
Washington, I could not believe that such a man had even been a poor
governor of California in a bad year, let alone that such a smart
country would put up with such an obvious phony and loon.
(February 6 is also the birthday of Bob
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