Michael, my friend, Ronald Reagan doubled the size of the federal deficit during his years in office. And the size of the government got huge under his presidency. That being said, he does seem sane compared to today's crop of Republicans.
One thing I'll say for him is that at least he had the good sense to see that the deficit was getting out of control and raised the same taxes that Walter Mondale promised to raise (which cost Mondale the election).
God help your country if any of the Tea Baggers ever take the White House.
I'm so sorry to hear Catholics stating such rubbish. Ronald Reagan tried desperately to cut federal spending and the growth of Govt. But all spending bills originate in the House, and congress spent $1.78 for every dollar of new renue Reagan raised. Reagan shut down the govt a few times and did all that he could, but the democrats in congress forced the massive growth in spending. Just like Newt Gingritch balanced the budget against the severe opposition of Bill Clinton. The constitution put the power of the purse in the hands oof congesss; not the president. IF John Boener had a backbone, we could have a balanced budget. But Boener is but a moderate Democrat in the wrong party