February 6, 2011 2:43 AM

Commentary: Reagan's myth doesn't match reality of his record

In this tsunami of adoration leading up to the centennial of his birthday on Sunday, Ronald Reagan is touted as the model of Republican, and even tea party, virtue. But Reagan’s acolytes may be misunderstanding the master’s record. As president, he paid lip service to ending abortion but never did anything about it. And he worked with congressional Democrats on a massive tax hike in 1982, thereby averting the worst effects of the supply-side deficit spending he had endorsed when he entered office the year before. Moreover, Reagan, the putative foe of big government, had accumulated hundreds of billions of dollars in debt by the end of his second term.

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