Reagan Years Not What Supporters Claim

RECEIVED Tue., June 29, 2004

Dear sirs,
   I completely agree with Anita Quintanilla's letter concerning the truth about the Reagan years ["Postmarks," June 25]. I remember him killing the imported oil embargo that Carter had instituted to help out his poor oil buddies. Never in our history has one president put so many people out of work in the U.S. so fast. Virtually most everyone working locally in the oil business and related businesses got pink slips overnight. Hundreds of thousands of people. So here we are 24 years later with foreign oil still holding this ridiculous control over us. Thanks Ron. He ran on the platform of smaller government and tax breaks. Government grew at an incredible rate (along with the deficit) and for those measly tax breaks that us working-class folks got, the big boys got huge ones. We also started paying taxes on things that we had never had to pay on before. His boys called them "revenue enhancers." They always had these cute painless phrases for ways to screw us. All I know is that myself and many Americans took home less money after taxes and yet were getting so-called "tax breaks." Mostly what I remember from those days were most of us working too cheap, benefits decreasing, the S&L debacle, Iran-Contra, farmers losing their farms, etc. One amusing thing that both he and the guy (Bush) that followed him used to say was "I don't see the need for government-sponsored health care such as Canada and most of Europe has." If you noticed, though, every time that they had a runny nose, they trotted on over to Bethesda Naval hospital (paid for by taxpayers) and these guys had the money to go to any private doctor. Would someone explain to me the difference between the health care that they used and "socialized health care"?
Allen Cunningham
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