Ronald Reagan, were he still alive, would be celebrating his 100th birthday today (Sunday). As time passes his legacy grows. Both sides of US politics routinely pay homage to him these days. However during his presidency he was a controversial figure. Both his domestic and international policies could stir strong emotions. They were bold.
Congress passed very large reductions in income tax rates in Ronald Reagan’s name. This puts him in the company of other tax cutting presidents of the 20th century such as Calvin Coolidge and John F Kennedy.
Below is a speech made by Reagan in 1964. It is a long piece but well worth watching. Even if you merely watch the first few minutes of the speech it will give you a sense of his passion, conviction and clarity.