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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 3:15 am

Is there any subject Linda Turley-Hansen is not upside-down on? She proves it once again with her most recent post about ex-President Reagan.

She proclaims what a great leader he was because he was “a man who could be trusted, who took his oath of office seriously.” Oh boy, did he ever! Let’s take an unbiased look at the Reagan scandals for a moment.

The most well-known and politically damaging of the scandals came to light in November 1986, when Ronald Reagan conceded that the United States had sold weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran, as part of a largely unsuccessful effort to secure the release of six U.S. citizens being held hostage in Lebanon. It was also disclosed that some of the money from the arms deal with Iran had been covertly and illegally funneled into a fund to aid the right-wing Contras counter-revolutionary groups seeking to overthrow the socialist Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

Oh my, that kind of puts Benghazi and the Bergdahl prisoner swap on the back burner, doesn’t it? Talk about all the evidence you’d need to impeach a president all wrapped in a pretty bow!

Please, Linda, that’s what we want to teach our children about honesty and integrity, right?

Maybe you forgot about this scandal too, Linda? The HUD rigging scandal consisted of Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates rigging low-income housing bids to favor Republican contributors to Reagan’s campaign as well as rewarding Republican lobbyists. Sixteen convictions were eventually handed down. Oh wow, what an excellent example of integrity and honesty once again!

The list of Reagan administration scandals is nearly endless, Linda!

And what about the savings and loan crisis?

Don’t forget top-tax-rate-cutting “Reagonomics,” which was a major contributor to today’s outrageously high income inequality. Even Reagan’s former budget director has come out and admitted what a farce “trickle down” economics was!

Take off those rose-colored glasses, Linda, and you’ll see the whole picture is pretty dark!

Rod Livdahl

Mesa

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