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Reagan made the statement during The President's News Conference, and understanding the context of the event can help establish his meaning. It's worth mentioning that I've seen some indications that the saying wasn't coined by Reagan, but was in general use as far back as the 70s. I'd say he was referring to the belief (often held by conservative voters ...


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A great many of the current problems on the farm were caused by government-imposed embargoes and inflation, not to mention government's long history of conflicting and haphazard policies (Reagan's speech that originated the phrase) Specifically in the context of that speech, one of the implications of that phrase is that: Government enacts policies that ...


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Understand that Reagan was a Conservative. That viewpoint is one that views government intervention dimly. Why? Because if the Government does things, they will be done the way the Government thinks they should be done, not necessarily done in a way that will actually help you. Put a different way, sometimes the Government is more concerned with the process ...


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The phrase was popular before Reagan's use in the '80s. It's best to look at the 1970s examples of its use to understand the full meaning. From sometime in 1976, see Crop Production Conference Report: The marketplace was behaving beautifully...Such still appears to be the case, but the process has become less clear in view of the interjection of a ...


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What did he mean by that? Terrifying to whom, and why? I don't suppose he meant it literally. Why not? For example, compare read this FBI press release about operation Cross Country XI. Look, they're helping recuse people from sex trafficking. Now, read some journalistic reporting on what really happened. The Washington Post published the following ...


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Early onset dementia is usually defined as affecting people younger than age 65. Reagan was three weeks from his 70th birthday when taking office. Reagan died aged 93. Therefore, it is highly unlikely he had early onset dementia.


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Various articles make the claim, however the original statement that the articles are based on seems to imply that it is a matter of predicting the future onset of Alzheimer's based on subtle differences in speech. Parsing Ronald Reagan’s Words for Early Signs of Alzheimer’s The findings, published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease by researchers at ...


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There are many good reasons already stated but some people might not have been around to remember the time period in question. This was the cold war era where government organizations had little over site and national security covered up a large number of sins. Add to that the cronyism and corruption (minor and major) that results from long term ...


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In many ways, I believe, Reagan meant it literally. While others have provided some excellent examples, I would like to provide a few more. Take, for example, the case of American Indian Reservations. They were initially proposed as a sanctuary and way to prevent Am Inds and Am Settlers from coming into conflict. Sure, it wasn't nice to move them, but hey, ...


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It's about power, and trust. Do you trust other people to look out for your interests better than you do? On the surface that question sounds absurd, but it isn't as cut-and-dried as it may seem. There's an information asymmetry: they may actually have information that equips them to decide better than you. As an example, is it in your best interests for ...


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