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1. "If we have George W. Bush as president, we're going to go back to the kind of policies we had when his father and Ronald Reagan were president."
Author: Al Franken
2. "Conservative policies have on the whole worked - insofar as any set of policies can be said to 'work' in the real world. Conservatives of the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush years have a fair amount to be proud of."
Author: Bill Kristol
3. "Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy. And a good thing, too! Conservatives have been right more often than not - and more often than liberals - about most of the important issues of the day."
Author: Bill Kristol
4. "I finally learned to accept that I can't make radio play blues any more than I could get Reagan out of the White House."
Author: Bonnie Raitt
5. "I began my journalistic career on the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in. That's the day I showed up for work at 'The New Republic' magazine."
Author: Charles Krauthammer
6. "Now, I have always wanted to agree with Lady Bracknell that there is no earthly use for the upper and lower classes unless they set each other a good example. But I shouldn't pretend that the consensus itself was any of my concern. It was absurd and slightly despicable, in the first decade of Thatcher and Reagan, to hear former and actual radicals intone piously against 'the politics of confrontation.' I suppose that, if this collection has a point, it is the desire of one individual to see the idea of confrontation kept alive."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
7. "Question: Which Mediterranean government shares all of Ronald Reagan's views on international terrorism, the present danger of Soviet advance, the hypocrisy of the United Nations, the unreliability of Europe, the perfidy of the Third World and the need for nuclear defense policy? Question: Which Mediterranean government is Ronald Reagan trying, with the help of George Shultz and Caspar Weinberger, to replace with a government led by a party which professes socialism and which contains extreme leftists?If you answered 'the government of Israel' to both of the above, you know more about political and international irony than the President does."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
8. "Even as someone who's labeled a conservative - I'm a Republican I'm black, I'm heading up this organization in the Reagan administration - I can say that conservatives don't exactly break their necks to tell blacks that they're welcome."
Author: Clarence Thomas
9. "President Reagan was a leader at a time when the American people most needed leadership. He outlined a vision that captured the imagination of the free world, a vision that toppled the Communist empire and freed countless millions."
Author: Dennis Hastert
10. "It was widespread that the politics of Tea Party people would be foreign to Ronald Reagan and they would be seen by him as frivolous and uninformed."
Author: Eugene Jarecki
11. "In 1980 candidate Reagan asked whether we were better off than we had been 4 years earlier. In 1992 we will be asked whether we expect our children to live better than we do."
Author: Frank Levy
12. "Sugar maple!" Mary-Todd Holt knelt over her husband. "Are you all right?"Eisenhower sat up, and egg-size lump blooming on his crown. "Of course I'm all right!" he managed, his words slurred. "You think a little insect can stop me?"Reagan was unconvinced. "I don't know, Dad. She brained you with a baseball bat!""Hockey stick," Dan corrected."Those could be your last words, brat–"
Author: Gordon Korman
13. "Ronald Reagan is a triumph of the embalmer's art."
Author: Gore Vidal
14. "If 'Mystery Train' is my Nixon book and 'Lipstick Traces' my Reagan book, 'Invisible Republic' is my Bill Clinton book. I really liked Clinton. He made me proud to be part of this country again. For all of his failings, the way he put all that he'd done in jeopardy, I supported him from beginning to end."
Author: Greil Marcus
15. "Think about one of the most powerful influences on a young child's life - the absence of a father figure. Look back on recent presidents, and you'll find an absent, or weak, or failed father in the lives of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama."
Author: Jeff Greenfield
16. "Fox News gets to the heart of the Zombie Reagan story:Well, Jeremy, of course on line polls are not at all scientific, in fact they're pretty much completely bogus and in this case it's one that was made up on the spot by a high school student, but we all know that misleading non-information is always better than dead air, so here goes. The earliest survey taken since the rather startling resurrection of the former president is looking awfully good for the challenger and awfully not good for President Obama."
Author: John Barnes
17. "Mitt Romney's first interview with Zombie Reagan: Mitt Romney came in with cheerful assurance, because he wasn't capable of anything else. "Let me first welcome you back to this side of the veil, Mr. President.""Yeah, Mitt, it's good to see you looking so well. Your father says hello, and he wanted me to add specially that whatever unfortunate negative things you might remember him saying to you when you were a kid, he always tried to tell you the truth and he hopes you've used it to improve, and he understands that even with the help of those comments, it might just not have been in you to improve. He wants you to remember he still loves you no matter what you've become, or even if you haven't chosen to become any one thing in particular.""That's very kind. I miss my dad even now.""Oh, so do I. I remember George as always that kind of guy, he had your back, whenever you'd think to watch your back, you'd find him somewhere around there, ready for action with that knife already drawn."
Author: John Barnes
18. "Well, 'They Live' was a primal scream against Reaganism of the '80s. And the '80s never went away. They're still with us. That's what makes 'They Live' look so fresh - it's a document of greed and insanity. It's about life in the United States then and now. If anything, things have gotten worse."
Author: John Carpenter
19. "I was first elected to public office when the Reagan revolution was in full swing. Maximizing freedom guided the policies of that era, with tremendous success."
Author: Jon Kyl
20. "It hurts," Nellie said."I know," Reagan said. "No pain, no gain.""Do you think they made that expression up for bullet wounds?"
Author: Jude Watson
21. "Here. Tea." Reagan hands me a steaming mug. One sip tells me it's not just tea. "You spiked the drink of an injured person," I state ?atly, the alcohol burning in my throat. "Who does that?""It's better than what a lame horse gets,"
Author: K.A. Tucker
22. "Ronald Reagan wasn't in the establishment of the Republican Party either, nor was Richard Nixon."
Author: Karl Rove
23. "You're practically begging for it, aren't you?" he murmured."No."His chuckle rasped over her senses. "I like begging, Reagan.""I'm not going to beg."He was silent for a moment, his fingers still playing, and she wondered if she'd said the wrong thing. Then he said softly, "Damn."
Author: Kelly Jamieson
24. "If you go back and look at President Reagan's speeches, they bring you to tears almost."
Author: Lawrence Bender
25. "I'm not a social friend of the Reagans. That's by their choice and by mine. They don't drink enough."
Author: Lyn Nofziger
26. "I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less."
Author: Marion Berry
27. "I often quote Ronald Reagan, who is pretty close to my favorite President ever, I will have to say that, but one of my favorite remarks he ever made was that when you look at Federal programs, there is nothing so close to eternal life on Earth as a Federal Government program."
Author: Marsha Blackburn
28. "Ronald Reagan will be remembered for leading the United States during a time of tremendous international transition - the demise of the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall coming down, and the end of the Cold War."
Author: Mary Landrieu
29. "I am involved with politics today because of the inspiration I received from Ronald Reagan."
Author: Michael K. Simpson
30. "Ronald Reagan, of course, was a Republican governor of California who went through a painful defeat in the 1976 presidential race before winning four years later."
Author: Michael Medved
31. "Reagan won because he ran against Jimmy Carter. If he ran unopposed he would have lost."
Author: Mort Sahl
32. "I was a Reagan backer. It was a shock for some people that I could agree with anything that man would say."
Author: Neil Young
33. "I remember those great days when we were at $176 million before the Reagan Revolution came to town."
Author: Norm Dicks
34. "Spine transplants are what we really need to take Reagan on."
Author: Patricia Schroeder
35. "Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan had tremendous influence on generations of American because, even if people disagreed with them, they admired them because they made very strong commitments to things they believed in."
Author: Phil Crane
36. "Mr. Reagan spent World War II, the global conflict fought and won by his generation, making training films in Hollywood."
Author: R. W. Apple Jr.
37. "I didn't want to like him back. I tried to be mean to him.""I thought you were just mean," Reagan said. "I liked that about you."
Author: Rainbow Rowell
38. "Reagan was sitting up at Cath's desk when Cath woke up. "Are you awake?""Have you been watching me sleep?""Yes, Bella. Are you awake?""No."
Author: Rainbow Rowell
39. "C. Everett 'Chic' Koop became U.S. Surgeon General under President Reagan. He was a world renowned pediatric surgeon who had a tumultuous Senate confirmation process due to partisanship. Chic took office in January 1982, a time of 'tobacco wars' and a new and evolving terrifying disease that we ultimately came to know as AIDS."
Author: Richard Carmona
40. "Jimmy Carter began his planning in the early summer of 1976, Ronald Reagan a year prior. The Clinton Administration, elected in 1992, lingered in naming its team, and as a result, took almost a year to staff its ranks."
Author: Richard V. Allen
41. "America certainly did its part. But doing the sums, it is now clear that through the eight years of Ronald Reagan's presidency, 1981-89, Saudi Arabia actually provided more material assistance to the world's varied assortment of anti Communist "freedom fighters" than did the United States, thus hastening the end of the Cold War and helping accomplish the downfall of the "Evil Empire."
Author: Robert Lacey
42. "I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan."
Author: Robert Penn Warren
43. "For example, I spent a lot of time with Reagan, both before he ran for governor and when he was running for president. As a print reporter without the cameras, I was able to really test the quality of their minds and their knowledge base."
Author: Robert Scheer
44. "I believe Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was... a large Arctic region covered with ice."
Author: Robin Williams
45. "I am a Reagan Republican."
Author: Roger Stone
46. "I'm a Ronald Reagan conservative, I'm an economic conservative, I'm strong military. But I also voice and speak and work hard on the social issues."
Author: Sam Brownback
47. "AUGUST 5, 1981. That's the date it became official. It's rare that we can point to an exact date when a business theory or idea becomes an accepted practice. But in the case of mass layoffs, we can. August 5, 1981, was the day President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers."
Author: Simon Sinek
48. "How could Reagan live in a WhiteHouse, which has a lot of rooms,and there be homelessness? And he's talking about helping. I don't believe that there is anyone that is going hungry in America simply by reason of denial or lack of ability to feed them. It is by people not knowing where or how to get this help. Why can't he take people off the street and put them in his White House? Then he'll have people from the streets to help him with his ideas. Not helpless! Homeless! Not helpless They haven't been homeless forever.They've done things in society.The White House would be tainted because he doesn't want to get dirty."
Author: Tupac Shakur
49. "His smile was the nightmare in my back pocket.(Speaking about Ronald Reagan)"
Author: William Gibson
50. "Throughout his life, Ronald Reagan believed America is capable of great things and its people could and would lead the way if left unburdened by taxation and regulation."
Author: William L. Jenkins

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