"If you actually look at the actual track record of government spending, government employment, Reagan is the Keynesian and Obama — mostly because of political constraints, although a little bit of lack of conviction on the part of his own people — has been the anti-Keynesian,” [Paul] Krugman said. “He’s been the one who’s been doing what Republicans say is the right answer."
Filed under quotes that will make a conservative’s head explode.
Reagan was also the president of a labor union (the Screen Actors Guild) before he became governor of California. He said the following in October of 1981:
“Ever since martial law was brutally imposed last December, Polish authorities have been assuring the world that they’re interested in a genuine reconciliation with the Polish people. But the Polish regime’s action yesterday reveals the hollowness of its promises. By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union.”
Suffice to say, he wouldn’t make it very far in today’s GOP.