Comparing Jimmy Carter with Ronald Reagan

From: Michael LaTorra (
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 14:41:45 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
Subject: Re: Latest Supreme Court Ruling: US v. Lopez

Brian Manning Delaney wrote:

> ...stupid but charming Republican
> generally beats smart but phlegmatic Democrat...

Roger that. Compare Jimmy Carter with Ronald Reagan. spike

Yes, it's really quite amazing that the intellectually gifted Carter could
be such a dunderhead in the White House, while the less intelligent Reagan
could be so brilliant.

Carter thought that the way to deal with exorbitant oil prices was to ration
gasoline and spend billions of dollars trying to extract petrochemicals from
tar sands. Neither scheme worked.

Reagan let the market set the price of oil, let the US economy go through a
short, sharp recession to squeeze inflation out of the system, and changed
the tax laws to encourage investment. The current boom is largely the result
of this, and could not have started without Reagan's policies. Bill
Clinton's economic success owes to the fact that he left almost all of
Reagan's economic policies intact.

Carter said "We have overcome our inordinate fear of communism." Then he
was shocked when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

Regan called the USSR an "evil empire" and, addressing an audience next to
the Berlin Wall, said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Two years later,
the people tore down the Wall and Gorbachev was soon kicked out of office.

Carter wins kudos for being a "great" ex-president. The tragedy is that
Americans had to suffer through the Carter presidency first. Too bad he
couldn't have gone directly from being elected to being an ex-president.

Now this self-righteous, incompetent prig can preen and preach all he likes,
and we don't have to worry because his hands have been safely removed from
the levers of power. When Carter speaks, I don't bother to listen.

Regards to all,
Michael LaTorra

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