You often hear conservatives hearken back to Ronald Reagan as the ultimate vessel for all things represented by today’s conservatism.
In case you missed it, there was a great discussion over at TPMCafe last month regarding Will Bunch’s new book on Reagan called “Tear Down This Myth.”
The upshot is this: Ronald Reagan talked to our enemies (the Soviets). He raised taxes several times (Washington Monthly). He started the country’s recent march toward running persistent deficits, even in good times (so much for fiscal conservatism). He expanded government by increasing the number of workers (see the Washington Monthly again).
Honest history can be pretty unforgiving.