Did Reagan Betray Main Street America?

Busboys and Poets 5th & K location hosts an author event with William Kleinknecht this upcoming Monday (Feb 2nd) at 6:30 pm. The discussion will be around his book THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America


Author Event, William Kleinknecht will sign and discuss “THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America”

In THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, Kleinknecht offers evidence that Reagan’s legacy is not only a myth, but that he was arguably the least patriotic president in American History. His tax, regulatory and antitrust policies are responsible for the savings–and-loan bailout, the frenzy mergers of the 1980s and 1990s, the Enron scandal, the subprime mortgage crisis and the current economic downturn. He enacted wrenching social changes that have decimated small town life and undermined values that were once at the core of traditional conservatism. And thanks in large part to Reagan’s policies, the economic expansion that followed his election did little for Americans in the middle and lower income brackets—the same people he won over by fashioning himself as a small town Midwestern “Everyman.”

This reminds me in part of an infamous SNL skit with the brilliant Phil Hartman as Reagan.

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    Douglas A. Willinger says

    Does the book discuss the criminal cigarette market protection (the drug war) which promotes more concentrated drugs as crack cocaine?

    See the table “criminal mercantilism” at my blog “Freedom of Medicine and Diet”