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What Will History Say About Reagan?

September 10, 1988

The Reagan legacy. What is it? Should we ask the Blacks? The Hispanics? The elderly poor? Union workers? The homeless? What would they say about the Reagan legacy? Reagan has said he would never abandon the "truly needy." During his eight years in office, 6 million more people have dropped to the poverty line.

Yes, there are those who have benefitted from the Reagan legacy. Think how the Pentagon contractors have prospered. And the wealthy.

What is the Reagan legacy? A trade deficit of $140 billion. A federal deficit that has become monstrous. A nation that has become the largest debtor nation in the world. And with foreign relations, at best, a mixed success.

In reality, the Reagan legacy has been a disaster, especially for those of us who live in California. We have had to endure 16 years of him--eight as governor, eight as President.

DON RADEMACHER

Los Angeles

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