REA­GAN ERA STAL­WARTS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Pol­i­tics -

Don­ald Trump him­self re­cently an­nounced the sup­port of the 240-mem­ber “Rea­gan Alumni Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for Trump-Pence.” All the mem­bers are for­mer ad­vis­ers to Ron­ald Rea­gan or worked in a se­nior ca­pac­ity within his ad­min­is­tra­tion. And all see some his­toric par­al­lels.

“Many of us re­mem­ber 1980, a time when, as to­day, Amer­ica suf­fered from high un­em­ploy­ment and even higher in­ter­est rates, a mil­i­tary that needed to be strength­ened and re­built and di­min­ished stature in the world of na­tions,” notes co-chair Ed Meese, who was U.S. at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der the 40th pres­i­dent.

“Ron­ald Rea­gan turned that around with res­o­lute poli­cies, such as the most sig­nif­i­cant tax cut in Amer­i­can his­tory, which stim­u­lated the na­tional econ­omy and cre­ated 20 mil­lion jobs and a vi­sion­ary for­eign pol­icy of peace through strength, whereby he re­built our mil­i­tary and won the Cold War with­out fir­ing a shot,” an op­ti­mistic Mr. Meese con­tin­ues. “We need a Trump-Pence ad­min­is­tra­tion to change the di­rec­tion of our coun­try. We all know that Hil­lary Clin­ton will con­tinue Pres­i­dent Obama’s failed poli­cies, grow­ing the size, scope and cost of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and en­dan­ger­ing our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

The group it­self — which in­cludes Ha­ley Bar­bour, Gary Bauer, Bill Ben­nett, Frank Keat­ing, Tom Tan­credo and Faith Ryan Whit­tle­sey, among many others — knows the stakes.

“We are dis­ap­pointed that the me­dia only wishes to cover per­son­al­i­ties in this pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. In­stead, we all need to fo­cus on the poli­cies that will be

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