Reagan Day Dumb

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Remember last year when Sheldon Wasserman got called out by Alberta Darling for reneging on Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform “No New Taxes” pledge and everyone was like ‘€œDuh, Sheldon, you shouldn’€™t have signed that stupid P.O.S. pledge in the first place!’€?

Thankfully some people, like Gov. Doyle, aren’€™t insane enough to put their signature next to anything masterminded by Mr. Norquist. Especially when that ‘€œthing’€ is designating Feb. 6 Ronald Reagan Day.

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, the group pushing the designation, began in 1997 as a project of Norquist’€™s Americans for Tax Reform which was itself created to promote Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986 (the one where taxes were cut for the rich and increased for the poor simultaneously) .

Seeing how the U.S. economy is in a literal shit tank right now after years of trickle-down economics, maybe now isn’€™t the right time to be honoring reaganomics’€™ namesake. And personally, I wouldn’€™t be honoring the leadership of anyone who said, ‘€œMy criticism is that [the gay movement] isn’t just asking for civil rights; it’s asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which I do not believe society can condone, nor can I.’€

And for Norquist to criticize Doyle for putting ‘€œpusillanimous petty partisanship above patriotism,’€ seems absurd given his earlier assertion that ‘€œbipartisanship is another name for date rape.

I don’€™t need to tell progressives how much conservatism sucks for Wisconsin, and thankfully Gov. Doyle recognized a prime opportunity to not honor Ronald Regan.

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Cody currently oversees online communications, web development, and graphic design at One Wisconsin Now & the Institute, having served previously as Deputy Research Director.