President Ronald Reagan, the greatest president to serve during my life time!!! Youngest son, Holden Reagan Riddle named in his honor.
I also think Reagan was the best President of my lifetime.
I still have my bumper sticker from the time around two years before he won the nomination.
"HANG IN THERE AMERICA REAGAN IS COMING"
Thanks Jimmy, General Powell is a great leader isn’t he and I watched the whole clip. He’s right that you should call out the elements in the Republican Party that disturbs him and I would've asked him to be more specific and what about the Democrats that do the same thing. I also would’ve asked why did he think Obama was best for economic reform and other things as well as asking what does he think about it now? These questions would’ve strengthened the interview and given it more credibility, IMHO.
MLC, Chief ,and TOT, I agree that Reagan is the greatest President in my lifetime too!
Jimmy, I didn't pick Kennedy because he served only 3 years, but I imagine he could have garnered my vote with 2 full terms. I rank him #2. I rank Clinton #3 because he flopped in his first 2 years with the Democrats in charge of congress. The economic prosperity didn't start happening until the Republicans took over congress in January 1995 with Newt Gingrich as the Speaker. Trickle down economics is a term used by Democrats to demonize Conservative policies that work. Reagan did this with divided government and his policies were so effective that 1 million jobs were created in one month during the recovery of the recession that he inherited from Carter. And he didn't blame Carter either.
"There you go again" Jimmy talking about cuts to the poor, let's not forget that in 1984 President Reagan initiated and pushed through the largest percentage increase on the Earned Income Tax Credit, to even this day. Which is pretty much a "welfare check" on tax returns, because all who qualify for it, actually pay no federal income tax into the system. I think, but am not for sure on this point, but I believe under President Reagan, the EITC was expanded even further just before he got out of office. But I will say that just behind President Reagan, I do believe that President Kennedy was the next greatest president in my life time, so he would have received my Silver Medal. And since the Olympics are going on, I will say that George W. Bush gets the Bronze Medal for coming in a distant third. In the continuing spirit of bi-partisanship I will also say that I like President Clinton much more as an ex-president than I do that.......well I'll be respectful here.....that former president from Plains, Georgia. President Clinton has been graceful and productive since he left office, and right now I wish he was the First Husband, and Hillary was ending her second term, instead of the president we have in office now. I would invite all of you too also list your top three presidents in your lives; Jimmy, Funk. Sebe, and ToT.
Well Funk, even though President Reagan was too good of a leader and man to make excuses for the circumstances he inherited...I'll blame President Carter for him, or at lease give a good portion of the blame. And since we are talking about the man who ruined any Georgian's chance of ever winning the presidency. He hands-down in a landslide victory, is the worst president to serve during my life.
MLC, I rank GWB as #4 because he didn't have enough influence to get congress to put a strangle hold on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and prevent the financial crisis that happened on his watch. He warned congress around 34 times and there were even hearings in 2004 that the Democrats filibustered and prevented any reform. He warned congress 17 times in 2007 and 2008 which was on totally deaf ears with Nancy Pelosi in charge as Speaker. For this reason I can't rank him above Clinton and its a shame that good people like Jimmy hate him when all his policies passed with bipartisan support. They even blame the war totally on him even though congress gave him the authority with over 75% approval. GWB economic policies were solid and wasn't the downfall of the economy.
Pretty interesting the presidents who were not mentioned...G.H. Bush, Ford, Carter, Nixon, Johnson,and Eisenhower. I don't know if any of you date past Ike. Since some of these men served before I was an adult, I can only reflect on them from a historic perception; too me, this list has presidents who were either real bad, or very Luke-warm. I would assert that most of us want presidents to take action, and then either we like that president a lot, or dislike him a lot.
Jimmy Carter was indeed a failure and I feel like he had a heavy hand in the crippling of the economy because I think he shortly before his term ended, took action to do away with the usury laws.
sebekm, will you research that please.
I know Carter did something which allowed local banks to increase their rates rapidly.
sebekm, I very much appreciate your research.
I believe that interest rates should never been allowed to rise above 10 per cent.
When prime went to 21% short term financing in our two local banks at the time went above that a couple of points.
While it enriched greedy lenders and slumlords, it bankrupted some small business owners.
A substantial amount of our national debt accumulated in those years.
"Amen. This goes to show you what happens when you have a nuclear physicist as President who should have stayed a peanut farmer. While Reagan may have been our greatest president since WWII, he never would have gotten into office if Carter hadn't been such a LOUSY president."
A BIG AMEN TO THAT
Again thank you very much.
The whole globe staggered. In fact, there are some very good arguments that suggest that large populations world-wide have never really recovered from the 1982 recession that was deliberately triggered for ideological reasons."
Oh and by the way, did we mention that Jimmy Carter was a Democrat?