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jas9999

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Re: Ronald Reagan School of Law
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2004, 12:01:31 AM »
wage inequality increased during the reagan era. anyone who wasn't wealthy during that era had it difficult. wage freezes were the norm in many industries during the 80's. "hi hon; i've got good news and bad news. the good news is that i got a promotion, the bad news is that i didn't get a raise..."

while it's true that communism finally imploded during the reagan years, it would have happened sooner or later regardless of who was president from the mid-70s onward. afghanistan (among other things) had much more to do with the fall of the soviet empire than reagan's increases in defense spending or 'tear down that wall' speeches. and that's not even getting into the corrosive effects of stalinist repressions and how they crippled civil society behind the iron curtain.

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« Reply #31 on: May 01, 2004, 01:56:16 AM »
Why is a growing wage gap always perceived as a terrible thing?  While I don't know the exact numbers, the federal  income tax under Carter was sky high.  When it was brought down to a more reasonable level, of course the gap grew.  In the eyes of non-socialists, Carter didn't really do a bang-up job on the economy. And I think he had his own party in Congress.

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« Reply #32 on: May 01, 2004, 02:26:04 AM »
Low taxes are a good thing ALL THE TIME (except during truly excpetional times such as WWII).  Reagan brought that under control, kept employment up, and brought the economy back. 

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Re: Ronald Reagan School of Law
« Reply #33 on: May 01, 2004, 02:45:07 AM »
sorry jonesy, but not everybody benefitted from the regan era. take me for example. during his seating in office? a lot of the education programs i and other elementary school children had were taken away from us because the funding they got went towards those stealth bombers that never seemed to work along w/the defense budget. does anybody remember that?

on saturday mornings, i'd go to the junior high that housed my enrichment program where i expanded on the 2 foreign languages i was learning in regular school and was getting help w/any kind of homework i had from the week prior. this was a major help for a black kid from the worst city to live in America in at the time. (ever been to Gary, IN?) as soon as Regan dropped the axe on education, literally, the next week? Saturday school was no more. no more spanish, french, orchestra (i was learning the cello in addition to my violin at the time), and most importantly, nobody to help me w/my homework. my parents had both only graduated from h.s. and i had to basically teach them what i learned in school - at least where math and science were concerned - and try to learn things on my own. not easy when you have ADD...just w/o a name yet.

so not everybody benefitted from the Regan era, i'm sorry to say. and you could totally tell by the kids who went there, too. grades started to fall, kids' attitudes got worse, i could go on for quite some time about this.

and no political science teacher had to tell me this. sorry to sound so sarcastically cynical.

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Re: Ronald Reagan School of Law
« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2004, 02:53:10 AM »
now i totally realize that this school obviously wants to participate in the time honored tradition of naming a school after a president or some prominent historical figure, but i think i'd stop and reconsider on this one. i'm sure regan was a nice man, but given the complexities of his title he held along w/other factors, i think they should definitely be sure they wanna name their school after him.

my $.02. :) thanks ;D

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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2004, 02:57:13 AM »
"Everyone was benefiting from the economy not just the richest." 

I think baseballjones was making the claim that all economic groups as a whole improved during the Reagan years.  Obviously not every individual in the country improved his/her situation under Reagan (or any other president for that matter)- I'm sure baseballjones is well aware of that. 

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« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2004, 11:45:09 AM »
well, i know that where i was growing up at the time regan was in office, not many people from my working class city were benefitting economically. and i do realize what jones was saying, wolf? but i was just using myself as a basis point. just wanted to clarify myself. thanks! ;D

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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2004, 12:15:24 PM »
For me Ronald Reagan represents style of substance.  Even Reagan supporters will not claim that he was an intellectual giant.  He seemed to address issues in an off-hand and unplanned manner.  Much like the current Bush.

I'd like to think that we can find the most capable people to serve in office rather than the most likable.

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« Reply #38 on: May 01, 2004, 12:21:57 PM »
that gets a big 'amen!' from me joe. it would DEFINITELY be nice to have a president that actually can DO the job...not just look like they should say '...but i play a president in real life.' know what i mean?

oh well. somehow the US is still standing. lol

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Re: Ronald Reagan School of Law
« Reply #39 on: May 01, 2004, 12:44:16 PM »
If I misunderstood your post, ajlynnette, my regrets.  This is a little off topic (and may have been discussed on this board earlier), but to everyone, did you ever wonder about what intellectual qualificaions an aspiring president should have?  I think Wilson and Carter would be characterized by some as the most intellectual or smartest of 20th cent. presidents (I know a lot of historians consider Wilson a good pres, Carter is a consensus disaster).  LBJ was famous for having some of the smartest people in the land as his advisers, and a lot went wrong for him. I don't think Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and JFK were intellectual giants but they turned out to be decent presidents.  Just thinking out loud here...given the nature of politics, I think it helps to have a strong intellect (something like Clinton's) but don't think really high intelligence would be on my list of musts.  In fact, I think I'd possibly hold the intellectualism of people like Wilson against them in deciding who to vote for.