What's in a name anyway?

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By Guest Columnist Col. Mark Fassio

Maybe it’s just me, but I have this visual of Joe Yates as the nosy old biddy next door who peeks through her window at what the neighbors are doing in their yard and mutters about what nuisances they are.

Really, Joe: fussing over what the GOP calls its get-together? Here’s a news flash: no. one. cares. Let’s examine the rest of your previous article, shall we?

Let’s skip the Abraham Lincoln references. You already misquoted Abe last time and, unless you’re the Great Carnac, it’s doubtful you could predict that Lincoln – a corporate lawyer for the railroads – would be a modern-day Democrat.

As for Ronald Reagan, he was rated as high as number 8 in “best presidents” by various non-partisan polls, done by scholars of every political persuasion. His approval rating on entering office was 60 percent (Obama’s was 62 percent) and his exit rating – even after deficits and the Iran-Contra scandal – was 58 percent, compared to Obama’s current tepid increase to 48 percent.

You may not consider Reagan worthy of praise, but a few hundred scholars and a few million Americans would beg to differ.

Was he a B-movie actor? Sure. He also governed California ably for eight years. Compare that to the current occupant of the White House: a constitutional law lawyer who served only part of one single term as a congressman and who did grassroots organizing work in a liberal Democrat patronage haven – Chicago. And people thought Bush was unqualified?

Reagan left a deficit larger than all the previous presidents combined. But he used a good part of that deficit in rebuilding the military. The SDI (Star Wars) drove Soviet leaders to economic hair-pulling and was one factor in its economic downfall. The rebuilt military enabled battlefield victory in the first Gulf War and for years after.

Compare that to today, where we practically beg the Russians to get their foot-dragging Syrian allies to turn over chemical weapons or, by golly, we just might get mad and do something. Reagan’s hawkish reputation helped get the Iranian hostages released, which was more than Jimmy Carter could do on his watch.

Regarding Cheney’s quote about, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.” Cheney indeed said that, but in terms of elections. From the daily.kos, “What Cheney meant was that the deficit didn’t matter to the electorate, which voted in Republicans, despite having been told throughout the nineties that “balancing the budget” and reducing the national government’s deficit was the holy grail.” It helps to have a quote explained in its true perspective for us starry-eyed Reagan groupies.

You cite Iran-Contra, the huge deficit, and big government as Reagan faults. I’d cite this administration’s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapses, the IRS scandal, the Libya fiasco, the fast and furious gun deal mess, and the current “bread and circus” entitlement giveaways.

Big government, you say? Yes, agreed. But today – Obama’s 5th year of service – the federal government still employs 2.7 million workers, almost the same as Democrat LBJ’s numbers in 1966. Speaking of 2.7 million, I wonder how those 2.7 million Californians (and all the others who got screwed on Obama’s pledge regarding health insurance) feel right now?

We beat the axis powers in a shorter time—and with greater efficiency –-than it’s taking this group to make a working healthcare website. Probably Bush’s fault, though.

Forget worrying over rally names or what someone would be if they were alive today. The reality is that only the names change in Washington; both parties have their share of heroes and buffoons. Short of another French Revolution — where heads literally rolled and ‘accountability’ took on a whole new meaning — expect more of the same from everyone.

Billy Joel’s song, “The Angry Young Man,” goes like this, “I once believed in causes too. I had my pointless point of view. And Life went on no matter who was wrong or right.”

Relax, Joe. Go enjoy a hot dog and a drink at the next party rally and let the ‘Repubs’ do the same. Me, I’m going to light a candle to Saint Ronald and await the coming of the next Bull Moose Party.