I will admit, first and foremost, that I am NOT, in any way, an admirer of Reagan. I consider him the last president to be an overt a supoorter of white privilege, and white bias in the United States. That, of course, makes me less than the ideal chronicler of his accomplisments. So I ask those who admired him to list his accomplishments in this thread, that I may consider them. Except in cases where things are factually in correct, I'm not going to argue about it, though I may ask questions. People have their reasons for admiring Reagan, and I'm more interested in hearing those reasons than arguing about it.
However, there are two issues for which Reagan is often credited, which I will not consider valid. The end of the Cold War, and tax cuts. On these two issues, my reasoning is as follows.
1) The End of the Cold War
The cold war was not ended by Reagan's military buildup bankrupting the Soviet Union. As Mikhail Gorbachev himself points out, the Soviet Union was perfectly capable, financially, of continuing the arms race. For that matter, having more than enoughs nukes to de-populate the planet, they didn't even have to continue the arms race. Follow the link for more details on that. Gorbachev: 'We All Lost Cold War'
(WashingtonPost, June 11)
The end of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism was first and foremeost the result of internal events in the communist countries, in which westerners played a marginal role. Russians, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, and othe 'East Bloc' residents deserve most of the credit for the ending communism, and with it the Cold War.
If one man deserves credit for ending the Cold War, and I do not believe one man does, that man would be Mikhail Gorbachev, who for two years said repeatedly that he wanted peace with the United States, and an end to nuclear weapons, and Ronald Reagan would not listen. (in fairness, few US policymakers initially took Gorbachev at his word.)
2) The second issue for which I do not credit Ronald Reagan is tax cuts. Why? Because, while he cut taxes in 1981. He raised taxes in 1982 and again in 1983. Both of these tax increases, were, at the time, the largest in history. In fact, Reagan raised taxes every single year he was in office except 1981.
The best source for detail on this is the memoir of Reagan's first budget director David Stockman, "The Triumph of Politics" subtitled "Why the Reagan Revolution Failed". It available at Amazon
Those two things aside, I'm prepared to sit and listen to Ronald Reagan's accomplishments. I would encourage others who did not support Reagan to allow his supporters to have their say. There have to be reasons he was admired by so many.