Barone does a fine job of putting Reagan on a level with Roosevelt. Superficially! Reagan came into office with an industrial complex second to none in this world already in place, regardless of the fact that inept management had, and continues, to let it disintegrate.
We spent 40 years building a structure of social concern, not only for our own but also for the many unfortunates of other nations, which Reagan is in the process of destroying, with the help of the party that designed it.
We spent tortuous years winning civil rights that were the basis, the reason for the birth of a new nation, and the Reagan Justice Department is in the process of disassembling them. Reagan has set out to destroy the notion of freedom and opportunity.
Roosevelt, on the other hand, had to reconstruct, had to design tools for the reconstruction and fortunately was able to persuade a reluctant Congress to help him in that reconstruction.