Reagan is supposed to be known personally as a very nice guy, one of the better presidents. His wife was supposed to be the real female dog. Politically, though, people hate Reagan for at least two obvious reasons: 1)He was a horrible economist who's tax cuts and other economic policies wrecked havoc. Here is an excerpt from parida.com :
"Ronald Reagan left us a national debt of about $3.5 trillion or $3,500 billion.
The national debt when Ronald Reagan took office was about $1 trillion. That included in it all the debt run up for the Revolutionary war, the Spanish-American war, the Civil war, World War I, World War II, the Korean war, the Vietnam war and all the Social wars of the 1930's and subsequent years. In other words it took the United States from 1776 until 1980 or more than 200 years to accumulate a national debt of $1 trillion. It took Reaganomics only 8 years to increase the national debt from $1 trillion to about $3.5 trillion! Given the spending habits established by the legacy of Ronald Reagan the national debt is now about $5.5 trillion!
The interest cost on the national debt now run about $250 million a year! When RR took office they were about $53 million a year.
What was the economic and financial legacy left by Ronald Reagan?
The economic and financial legacy left by Ronald Reagan is an enormous debt which weighs on us and our children and their children for generations to come."
#2 has to do with the fact that Reagan was fully aware and involved in the funding of the Contrast in Nicaragua. His actions in that country were illegal and he was never made accountable for those actions.
Good man but a bad president.