Defending the family

Public Advocate salutes the late Ronald Reagan on his 100th birthday.



Ronald Wilson Reagan was pro-life, promoted traditional values, appointed hundreds of openly Christian appointees who still serve America today in the courts, at the state level and in major corporations and in Congress.

Ronald Reagan was pro-family. He said "The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation of our freedoms."

Lifesite news website says "Ronald Reagan deserves to be remembered above all as a pro-life social conservative. He saw the world through Christian eyes."


Reagan restructured the entire tax system to promote and protect the American family for a generation.


As Robert Stein points out in a long review of current tax reform ideas, and Public Advocate agrees, Ronald Reagan gave American families the biggest economic boost in the past 50 years with his tax reforms.

Stein says in part ".... unlike Reagan's immensely popular ­initiative, the (current ) reformers' campaign has gained little traction with the public - and has not been enacted even in times of Republican dominance in Washington......

At the core of this failure has been a misreading of Reagan's success. Too often, advocates of comprehensive tax reform have focused on the particular means of Reagan's plan - the lowering of marginal income-tax rates - rather than on its more general ends: correcting economic distortions caused by government policy, lightening the tax burden on American families, and encouraging more work and investment...........


In 1980, Ronald Reagan made the Kemp-Roth tax plan - including a 30% cut in all federal income-tax rates - the centerpiece of his economic agenda. Reagan's political success that year, and the strength and length of the economic expansions of the 1980s and '90s, were due largely to this one decision...........




http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/taxes-and-the-family