66 (Unflattering) Things About Scum-Sucking Ronald Reagan
By David Corn, The Nation
June 6, 2004
Editor\'s Note: This list of \"66 Things to Think about When Flying
in to Reagan National Airport\" appeared in the Nation on March
2, 1998 after the renaming of Washington National Airport after
Ronald Reagan. As Corn says, \"the piece remains relevant today
#12539;particularly as a cheat sheet for those who dare to point out the
Reagan presidency was not all that glorious and was more
nightmare in America than morning in America.\"
The firing of the air traffic controllers, winnable nuclear war,
recallable nuclear missiles, trees that cause pollution, Elliott
Abrams lying to Congress, ketchup as a vegetable, colluding
with Guatemalan thugs, pardons for F.B.I. lawbreakers, voodoo
economics, budget deficits, toasts to Ferdinand Marcos, public
housing cutbacks, redbaiting the nuclear freeze movement,
Getting cozy with Argentine fascist generals, tax credits for
segregated schools, disinformation campaigns, \"homeless by
choice,\" Manuel Noriega, falling wages, the HUD scandal, air
raids on Libya, \"constructive engagement\" with apartheid South
Africa, United States Information Agency blacklists of liberal
speakers, attacks on OSHA and workplace safety, the invasion of
Grenada, assassination manuals, Nancy\'s astrologer.
Drug tests, lie detector tests, Fawn Hall, female appointees (8
percent), mining harbors, the S&L scandal, 239 dead U.S. troops
in Beirut, Al Haig \"in control,\" silence on AIDS, food-stamp
reductions, Debategate, White House shredding, Jonas
Savimbi, tax cuts for the rich, \"mistakes were made.\"
Michael Deaver\'s conviction for influence peddling, Lyn Nofziger\'s
conviction for influence peddling, Caspar Weinberger\'s five-count
indictment, Ed Meese (\"You don\'t have many suspects who are
innocent of a crime\"), Donald Regan (women don\'t \"understand
throw-weights\"), education cuts, massacres in El Salvador.
\"The bombing begins in five minutes,\" $640 Pentagon toilet
seats, African-American judicial appointees (1.9 percent),
Reader\'s Digest, C.I.A.-sponsored car-bombing in Lebanon
(more than eighty civilians killed), 200 officials accused of
wrongdoing, William Casey, Iran/contra. \"Facts are stupid
things,\" three-by-five cards, the MX missile, Bitburg, S.D.I., Robert
Bork, naps, Teflon.
David Corn, Washington editor of the Nation, is author of \'The
Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception.\'
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