Reagan and Reality

Reagan and Reality
(New York Times, by Bob Herbert, 2/14/11)

  • 第40代大統領ロナルド・レーガン、生きていれば今年100歳。富裕層への減税措置を筆頭とした「レーガノミックス」は、今日なお、共和保守の政治哲学として奉られている。
  • だが、労働者階級に圧倒的な人気を誇り、彼らの代弁者というイメージを演じたレーガン大統領その人とレーガノミクスは、互いに相容れないものなのだという、Bob Herbertのコラム。
  • レーガノミクスの鎧を被り減税と歳出削減を強く推す共和党保守と、富裕層優遇に反対し教育などの予算削減を阻止しようとするリベラルとが、オバマの予算案をめぐり、対立している。


Reagan has become this larger-than-life figure who all but single-handedly won the cold war, planted the Republican Party’s tax-cut philosophy in the resistant soil of the liberal Democrats and is the touchstone for all things allegedly conservative, no matter how wacky or extreme.


The biggest problem with Reagan (中略) is that he presented himself — and has since been presented by his admirers — as someone committed to the best interests of ordinary, hard-working Americans. Yet his economic policies, Reaganomics, dealt a body blow to that very constituency.


Paul Volcker, who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve during most of the Reagan years, commented in the film about the economist Arthur Laffer’s famous curve, which, incredibly, became a cornerstone of national economic policy. “The Laffer Curve,” said Mr. Volcker, “was presented as an intellectual support for the idea that reducing taxes would produce more revenues, and that was, I think, considered by most people a pretty extreme interpretation of what would happen.” 

Toward the end of his comment, the former Fed chairman chuckled as if still amused by the idea that this was ever taken seriously.



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