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Tuesday, June 8, 2004
Ted Rall Must be a Very Unhappy Man

By Steven Taylor @ 3:36 pm

Ted Rall must be one of the angriest and most bitter men in the Western Hemisphere. I will give him credit, however, he is honest in his contempt of Reagan. The intro paragraph is remarkable:

For a few weeks, it became routine. I heard them dragging luggage down the hall. They paused in a little lounge near the dormitory elevator to bid farewell to people they’d met during their single semester. Those I knew knocked on my door. “What are you going to do?” I asked. “Where are you going to go?” A shrug. They were eighteen years old and their bright futures had evaporated. They had worked hard in junior and senior high school, harder than most, but none of that mattered now. President Reagan, explained the form letters from the Office of Financial Aid, had slashed the federal education budget. Which is why the same grim tableau of shattered hopes and dreams was playing itself out across the country. Colleges and universities were evicting their best and brightest, straight A students, stripping them of scholarships. Some transferred to less-expensive community colleges; others dropped into the low-wage workforce. Now, nearly a quarter century later, they are still less financially secure and less educated than they should have been. Our nation is poorer for having denied them their potential.

Please. He makes it sounds as if the universities were flushing students left and right from school. Not to mention the fact that it is possible to acquire loans, not to mention it is possible to work and pay for college. And I was in college during part of the Reagan era and I hardly recall the inability of people to go to school. Indeed, my classes were pretty crowded.

Ted Rall clearly lives in Bizarro World:

They were by no means the hardest-hit victims of Reaganism. Reagan’s quack economists trashed scholarships and turned welfare recipients into homeless people and refused to do anything about the AIDS (news - web sites) epidemic, all so they could fund extravagant tax cuts for a tiny sliver of the ultra rich. Their supply-side sales pitch, that the rich would buy so much stuff from everybody else that the economy would boom and government coffers would fill up, never panned out. The Reagan boom lasted just three years and created only low-wage jobs. When the ’80s were over, we were buried in the depths of recession and a trillion bucks in debt. Poverty grew, cities decayed, crime rose. It took over a decade to dig out.

Yes, I know: I shouldn’t read Rall. I guess morbid curiosity got the best of me.

At least it isn’t as bad as the Tillman piece. This, at least, reflects the attitudes of many on the Left in the 1980s: Reagan as the scourge of the poor, Reagan as the propagator of AIDS, Reagan as the creator of the homeless, etc. All the 1980 clichés are in this piece. Oh, the gloom, oh, the doom:

Millions of Americans cringed at Reagan’s simplistic rhetoric, were terrified that his anti-Soviet “evil empire” posturing would provoke World War III, and thought that his appeal to selfishness and greed-a bastardized blend of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand-brought out the worst in us. We rolled our eyes when Reagan quipped “There you go again"; what the hell did that mean? Given that he made flying a living hell (by firing the air traffic controllers and regulating the airlines), I’m not the only one who refuses to call Washington National Airport by its new name. His clown-like dyed hair and rouged cheeks disgusted us. We hated him during the dark days he made so hideous, and, with all due respect, we hate him still.

He also goes on to blame Reagan for 911.

How did this guy get a column? And if he can get a syndication deal, perhaps I can as well.

UPDATE: This post is part of today’s Beltway Traffic Jam

Filed under: US Politics
  • The Galvin Opinion linked with DON'T LET THE BASTARDS GET YOU DOWN
  • Ted Rall Is Full Of Crap linked with Powerline vs. Rall

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  1. Nah, you’re too reasonable for a syndication deal. If you could draw really bad and spout anti-establishment platitudes, THEN maybe we could talk syndication.

    Comment by bryan — Tuesday, June 8, 2004 @ 7:33 pm

  2. I’d like to formally request that Ted Rall change his name so I don’t have to be associated with him.

    Comment by Eric Rall (no relation) — Tuesday, June 8, 2004 @ 8:06 pm

  3. I bought a house (double-digit inflation) during the Carter years. Groceries went up week by week, every week. At that time a house at 7% interest from former days was the envy of all your friends.
    I also bought a house during Reagan’s second term.
    Did Rall buy nothing through-out the entire administration?

    Comment by Meezer — Wednesday, June 9, 2004 @ 8:02 am

  4. Sometime in the 1990s, Rall had a front page article in the New York Press entitled “Why the French Hate Us” and was about how the evil Americans and British tried to violate the rights of the French people by their unwarrented and illegal invasion of Normandy in June of 1944.

    Comment by ericl — Wednesday, June 9, 2004 @ 8:02 am

  5. Of course, college enrollments have been plummeting. And of course the best and brightest among us couldn’t figure out how to get a college loan and that such a loan paid long term dividends. Duh.

    This must explain the incredible infusion of all the dumbass postmodernists into academia in recent years.

    Comment by John Lemon — Wednesday, June 9, 2004 @ 8:45 pm

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