March 27, 2010

GE now joins the Reagan History Rewrite project as a new contributor, blanketing the airwaves with this nonsense, celebrating Ronald Reagan's "Centennial" while pandering to the right wing with tales of his majesty and legend.

Angelo (aka StopBeck on Twitter) was kind enough to list some facts as an antidote for GE's spin:

Ronald Reagan destroyed unions...cut the budgets for education, EPA, poverty programs, etc...engaged in a public policy initiative aimed specifically at screwing over the poor...advanced the prison-industrial complex...hollowed out the Federal government to the best of his ability...ironically espoused the belief that government was the enemy (hello! he was the president *facepalm*)...was reckless and neglectful in responding to HIV/AIDS...tried to cut disabled people from social security rolls (that’s right...disabled people)...HUD grant fraud…Sewergate…

And let's not forget the greatest achievement of his Presidency: the Iran-Contra arms for hostages deal.

GE takes billions of dollars for defense contracts and other goodies from our government, and sees nothing wrong with singing Reagan's praises on Rush hate talk radio?


I'm waiting for their celebration of JFK to balance things. And a unicorn. And maybe a pony, too.

Ed.: Be sure to read the definitive discussion of the Reagan mythmaking machine -- and how it is a significant cog in the mighty conservative-movement Wurlitzer -- in Will Bunch's Tear Down This Myth: How The Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future, an important read for every progressive.

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