Deroy Murdock: Lying liberals still defame Reagan
Ronald Reagan was so busy hammering the victims of his prejudice, one wonders when he managed to reverse America's Carter-era malaise, turbocharge the stalled U.S. economy, and catapult Communism onto the ash heap of history.
According to Karen K. Kirst-Ashman's "Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare," Reagan "ascribed to women 'primarily domestic functions' and failed to appoint many women to positions of power during his presidency." Anna Chapman, a University of South Carolina sophomore, complained about this mandatory text to CampusReform.org.
Reagan also loathed minorities — or so the Left relentlessly claims. They also contend that Reagan used ethnic scaremongering to harvest white votes.
Reagan signed into law the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. He extended the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for 25 years and said in June 1982, "The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished." He also named Colin Powell America's first black national security advisor.
Ronald Reagan launched federal AIDS spending. The $8 million initial federal outlay that Reagan signed in Fiscal Year 1982 more than quintupled to $44 million in FY 1983. That more than doubled to $103 million in FY 1984. Reagan's final FY 1989 budget spent $2.32 billion on AIDS research and services. All told, Reagan approved $5.73 billion on AIDS — equal to $10.76 billion today. Reagan's HIV/AIDS outlays increased annually, on average, 129 percent. For details, see Judith Johnson's "AIDS Funding for Federal Government Programs: FY1981-FY1999," (Congressional Research Service, 1998).
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