Ronald Reagan Advertisement: Its Morning Again in America

 

It’s morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country’s history. With interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980, nearly 2,000 families today will buy new homes, more than at any time in the past four years. This afternoon 6,500 young men and women will be married, and with inflation at less than half of what it was just four years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. It’s morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?

 

 

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Reagan on Taxes and the Age of the Entrepreneur

 

In 1981 our critics charged that letting you keep more of your earnings would trigger an inflationary explosion, send interest rates soaring, and destroy our economy. Well, we cut your tax rates anyway by nearly 25 percent. And what that helped trigger was falling inflation, falling interest rates, and the strongest economic expansion in 30 years.

 

 

 

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Over the course of this century, our tax system has been modified dozens of times and in hundreds of ways, yet most of those changes didn’t improve the system. They made it more like Washington itself—complicated, unfair, cluttered with gobbledygook and loopholes designed for those with the power and influence to hire high-priced legal and tax advisers.

But there’s more to it than that. Some years ago an historian, I believe, said that every time in the past when a government began taxing above a certain level of the people’s earnings, trust in government began to erode. He said it would begin with efforts to avoid paying the full tax. This would become outright cheating and, eventually, a distrust and contempt of government itself until there would be a breakdown in law and order.

Well, how many times have we heard people brag about clever schemes to avoid paying taxes or watched luxuries casually written off to be paid for by somebody else—that somebody being you. I believe that, in both spirit and substance, our tax system has come to be un-American.

How would the proposal work? The present tax system has 14 different brackets of tax rates ranging from 11 to 50 percent. We would take a giant step toward an ideal system by replacing all that with a simple three-bracket system—with tax rates of 15, 25, and 35 percent.

By lowering everyone’s tax rates all the way up the income scale, each of us will have a greater incentive to climb higher, to excel, to help America grow.

The power of these incentives would send one simple, straightforward message to an entire nation: America, go for it!

To young Americans wondering tonight, where will I go, what will I do with my future, I have a suggestion: Why not set out with your friends on the path of adventure and try to start up your own business? Follow in the footsteps of those two college students who launched one of America’s great computer firms from the garage behind their house. You, too, can help us unlock the doors to a golden future. You, too, can become leaders in this great new era of progress—the age of the entrepreneur.

 

Ronald Reagan – Peanuts, Popcorn, Crackerjack and Castro

 

But he also enjoyed slinging barbs at certain other world capitals, particularly, Moscow and Havana.

It is said that Castro was making a speech to a large assembly. And he was going on at great length and then a voice out in the crowd said peanuts, popcorn, crackerjack. He went on speaking and again the voice said peanuts, popcorn, crackerjack. And about the 4th time this happened he stopped in his regular speech. And he said the next time he says that I’m going to find out who he is and kick him all the way to Miami.

And everybody in the crowd said “peanuts, popcorn, crackerjack”

 

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Teflon President

 

He quickly gained a reputation as the Teflon president to whom bad news didn’t stick. His ability to charm almost any crowd helped keep his popularity high.

I’ve been told this is all off the record and that the cameras are all off, is that right? I was told that because I’ve been waiting years to do this! (Taunting gesture with hands and fingers)

 

 

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Annoyed at leaks

When things annoyed him he often used a laugh line to get in his digs.

I was going to have an opening statement but I decided that what I was going to say… that I wanted to get a lot of attention… so I’m going to wait and leak it.

 

 

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Ronald Reagan Quotes: I was a Democrat

 

 

Yes, because for many years I was a Democrat.

 

 

 

 

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