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  • JEFF 2013/01/21 02:45:51
    JEFF
    CLINTON. NO DOUBT.
  • Xavier 2013/01/19 02:26:22
    Xavier
    Bill Clinton
  • Illjwamh 2013/01/17 21:07:41
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/17 07:36:56
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    This man ended the Cold War and gave Eastern Europeans freedom from communism without firing a single shot.

    Ronald Reagan
  • wildemanne Purple ... 2015/02/08 20:14:00
    wildemanne
    i think some of his crimes are listed here
    Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains


    1. The United States is not a Christian nation, and the Bible is not the cornerstone of our law.

    Don’t take my word for it. Let these Founding Fathers speak for themselves:

    John Adams: “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” (Treaty of Tripoli, 1797)

    Thomas Jefferson: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.” (Letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814)

    James Madison: “The civil government … functions with complete success … by the total separation of the Church from the State.” (Writings, 8:432, 1819)

    George Washington: “If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.” (Letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789)

    You can find a multitude of similar quotes from these men and most others who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or formulated the United States Constitution. These are hardly the words of m...

















































    i think some of his crimes are listed here
    Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains


    1. The United States is not a Christian nation, and the Bible is not the cornerstone of our law.

    Don’t take my word for it. Let these Founding Fathers speak for themselves:

    John Adams: “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” (Treaty of Tripoli, 1797)

    Thomas Jefferson: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.” (Letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814)

    James Madison: “The civil government … functions with complete success … by the total separation of the Church from the State.” (Writings, 8:432, 1819)

    George Washington: “If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.” (Letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789)

    You can find a multitude of similar quotes from these men and most others who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or formulated the United States Constitution. These are hardly the words of men who believed that America should be a Christian nation governed by the Bible, as a disturbingly growing number of Republicans like to claim.

    2. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist.

    The Pledge was written in 1892 for public school celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. Its author was Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, Christian socialist and cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy. Christian socialism maintains, among other ideas, that capitalism is idolatrous and rooted in greed, and the underlying cause of much of the world’s social inequity. Definitely more “Occupy Wall Street” than “Grand Old Party” by anyone’s standard.

    3. The first president to propose national health insurance was a Republican.

    He was also a trust-busting, pro-labor, Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist. Is there any wonder why Theodore Roosevelt, who first proposed a system of national health insurance during his unsuccessful Progressive Party campaign to retake the White House from William Howard Taft in 1912, gets scarce mention at Republican National Conventions these days?

    4. Ronald Reagan once signed a bill legalizing abortion.

    The Ronald Reagan Republicans worship today is more myth than reality. Reagan was a conservative for sure, but also a practical politician who understood the necessities of compromise. In the spring of 1967, four months into his first term as governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed a bill that, among its other provisions, legalized abortion for the vaguely-defined “well being” of the mother. Reagan may have been personally pro-life, but in this instance he was willing to compromise in order to achieve other ends he considered more important. That he claimed later to regret signing the bill doesn’t change the fact that he did. As Casey Stengel liked to say, “You could look it up.”

    5. Reagan raised federal taxes eleven times.

    Okay, Ronald Reagan cut tax rates more than any other president – with a big asterisk. Sure, the top rate was reduced from 70% in 1980 all the way down to 28% in 1988, but while Republicans typically point to Reagan’s tax-cutting as the right approach to improving the economy, Reagan himself realized the resulting national debt from his revenue slashing was untenable, so he quietly raised other taxes on income – primarily Social Security and payroll taxes - no less than eleven times. Most of Reagan’s highly publicized tax cuts went to the usual Republican handout-takers in the top income brackets, while his stealth tax increases had their biggest impact on the middle class. These increases were well hidden inside such innocuous-sounding packages as the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. Leave it to a seasoned actor to pull off such a masterful charade.

    6. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a predominantly Republican-appointed Supreme Court.

    Technically, Roe v. Wade did not make abortion legal in the United States; the Supreme Court’s decision held only that individual states could not make abortion illegal. That being said, the landmark 1973 ruling that Republicans love to hate, was decided on a 7-2 vote that broke down like this:

    Majority (for Roe): Chief Justice Warren Burger (conservative, appointed by Nixon), William O. Douglas (liberal, appointed by FDR), William J. Brennan (liberal, appointed by Eisenhower), Potter Stewart (moderate, appointed by Eisenhower), Thurgood Marshall (liberal, appointed by LBJ), Harry Blackmun (author of the majority opinion and a conservative who eventually turned liberal, appointed by Nixon), Lewis Powell (moderate, appointed by Nixon). Summary: 2 conservatives, 3 liberals, 2 moderates.

    Dissenting (for Wade): Byron White (generally liberal/sometimes conservative, appointed by JFK), William Rehnquist (conservative, appointed by Nixon). Summary: 1 liberal, 1 conservative.

    By ideological orientation, the decision was for Roe all the way: conservatives 2-1, liberals 3-1, moderates 2-0; by party of presidential appointment it was Republicans 5-1, Democrats 2-1. No one can rightly say that this was a leftist court forcing its liberal beliefs on America.

    7. The Federal Reserve System was a Republican invention.

    Republicans, and, truth be told, many Democrats, despise the Federal Reserve as an example of government interference in the free market. But hold everything: The Federal Reserve System was the brainchild of financial expert and Senate Republican leader Nelson Aldrich, grandfather of future Republican governor and vice president Nelson Rockefeller. Aldrich set up two commissions: one to study the American monetary system in depth and the other, headed by Aldrich himself, to study the European central banking systems. Aldrich went to Europe opposed to centralized banking, but after viewing Germany's monetary system he came away believing that a centralized bank was better than the government-issued bond system that he had previously supported. The Federal Reserve Act, developed around Senator Aldrich’s recommendations and - adding insult to injury in the minds of today’s Republicans - based on a European model, was signed into law in 1913.

    8. The Environmental Protection Agency was, too.

    The United States Environment Protection Agency, arch-enemy of polluters in particular and government regulation haters in general, was created by President Richard Nixon. In his 1970 State of the Union Address, Nixon proclaimed the new decade a period of environmental transformation. Shortly thereafter he presented Congress an unprecedented 37-point message on the environment, requesting billions for the improvement of water treatment facilities, asking for national air quality standards and stringent guidelines to lower motor vehicle emissions, and launching federally-funded research to reduce automobile pollution. Nixon also ordered a clean-up of air- and water-polluting federal facilities, sought legislation to end the dumping of wastes into the Great Lakes, proposed a tax on lead additives in gasoline, and approved a National Contingency Plan for the treatment of petroleum spills. In July 1970 Nixon declared his intention to establish the Environmental Protection Agency, and that December the EPA opened for business. Hard to believe, but if it hadn’t been for Watergate, we might remember Richard Nixon today as the “environmental president”.

    Oh, yes - Republicans might enjoy knowing Nixon was an advocate of national health insurance, too.

    9. Obama has increased government spending less than any president in at least a generation.

    Republican campaign strategists may lie, but the numbers don’t. Government spending, when adjusted for inflation, has increased during his administration (to date) by 1.4%. Under George W. Bush, the increases were 7.3% (first term) and 8.1% (second term). Bill Clinton, in his two terms, comes in at 3.2% and 3.9%. George H. W. Bush increased government spending by 5.4%, while Ronald Reagan added 8.7% and 4.9% in his two terms.

    Not only does Obama turn out to be the most thrifty president in recent memory, but the evidence shows that Republican administrations consistently increased government spending significantly more than any Democratic administration. Go figure.

    10. President Obama was not only born in the United States, his roots run deeper in American history than most people know.

    The argument that Barack Obama was born anywhere but at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, is not worth addressing; the evidence is indisputable by any rational human being. But not even irrational “birthers” can dispute Obama’s well-documented family tree on his mother’s side. By way of his Dunham lineage, President Obama has at least 11 direct ancestors who took up arms and fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War and two others cited as patriots by the Daughters of the American Revolution for furnishing supplies to the colonial army. This star-spangled heritage makes Obama eligible to join the Sons of the American Revolution, and his daughters the Daughters of the American Revolution. Not bad for someone 56% of Republicans still believe is a foreigner.

    Okay, feel free to drop any or all of these ten true facts on your local Republican windbag. Tell him or her to put any of these choice nuggets in his or her teabag and steep it. Then sit back and enjoy the silence.

    if you need more i can supply plenty just ask
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  • Lonzo 2013/01/17 05:10:23
    Lonzo
    JFK
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/01/17 04:31:09
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    That is a very tough question. Reagan and Kennedy were both so very good.
  • TEPP 2013/01/17 02:04:04
    TEPP
    The stupidity I've noticed here. . . Too much! AAAAAGH!!
  • Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy 2013/01/17 00:58:29
    Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy
    +1
    Reagan
  • Elz 2013/01/16 21:25:35
    Elz
    +1
    Abe Lincoln.
  • TEPP Elz 2013/01/17 02:01:07
  • wildemanne 2013/01/16 19:50:30
    wildemanne
    clinton hands down bush screwed up the world economy giving away obscene amounts to wealthy friends among other things
  • JEFF wildemanne 2013/01/21 02:49:22
    JEFF
    +1
    FINALLY SOMEONE BESIDES ME TELLING IT AS IT WAS WITH A-HOLE BUSH.
  • David (oYo) 2013/01/16 15:03:59
  • Diamond Girl 2013/01/16 14:07:33
  • gaylehelen 2013/01/16 12:10:37
    gaylehelen
    Sorry, still waiting. Looks like we're going to have to wait until I'm closer to death.
  • Liberty 2013/01/16 02:26:50 (edited)
  • JEFF Liberty 2013/01/21 02:50:37
    JEFF
    OBVIOUSLY THEN HE WAS THE PROBLEM.
  • wildemanne Liberty 2015/02/08 20:11:31
    wildemanne
    heres the real reagen crime spree
    reagens criminal staff


    List of Reagan administration convictions
    Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 04:41 PM PDT



    Challenged by a conservative to present evidence that Reagan ran the most corrupt administration of the 20th century, I assembled this list of convicts from Reagan's ranks.

    If anybody can provide additional info, it would be appreciated. I do know there were many others convicted, but I'd like to keep it to people who were actually employed by the administration, and to crimes that were actually related to the office they served. I've never been able to find a good list online anywhere, and so I assembled this hoping to provide a resource for others as well. As far as I know, Nixon only had eight staffers convicted of crimes against their office. Clinton, of course, only had one.

    "By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever."

    1. Lyn Nofziger--White House Press Secretary - Convicted on charges of illegal lobbying of White House in Wedtech scandal. The lobbying would not have been illegal had he not been Whi...









































    heres the real reagen crime spree
    reagens criminal staff


    List of Reagan administration convictions
    Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 04:41 PM PDT



    Challenged by a conservative to present evidence that Reagan ran the most corrupt administration of the 20th century, I assembled this list of convicts from Reagan's ranks.

    If anybody can provide additional info, it would be appreciated. I do know there were many others convicted, but I'd like to keep it to people who were actually employed by the administration, and to crimes that were actually related to the office they served. I've never been able to find a good list online anywhere, and so I assembled this hoping to provide a resource for others as well. As far as I know, Nixon only had eight staffers convicted of crimes against their office. Clinton, of course, only had one.

    "By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever."

    1. Lyn Nofziger--White House Press Secretary - Convicted on charges of illegal lobbying of White House in Wedtech scandal. The lobbying would not have been illegal had he not been White House Press Secretary.

    2. Michael Deaver, Reagan's Chief of Staff, received three years' probation and was fined one hundred thousand dollars after being convicted for lying to a congressional subcommittee and a federal grand jury about his lobbying activities after leaving the White House. Same as with Lyn Nofziger.

    3. James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 41 felony counts for using connections at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help his private clients seek federal funds for housing projects in Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Watt conceded that he had received $500,000 from clients who were granted very favorable housing contracts after he had intervened on their behalf. Watt was eventually sentenced to five years in prison and 500 hours of community service.

    4. John Poindexter, Reagan's national security advisor, guilty of five criminal counts involving conspiracy to mislead Congress, obstructing congressional inquiries, lying to lawmakers, used "high national security" to mask deceit and wrong-doing...

    5. Richard Secord pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to Congress over Iran-Contra. Appointed by William Casey to assist Oliver North.

    6. Elliott Abrams was appointed by President Reagan in 1985 to head the State Department's Latin American Bureau. He was closely linked with ex-White House aide Lt. Col. Oliver North's covert movement to aid the Contras. Working for North, Abrams coordinated inter-agency support for the contras and helped solicit illegal funding from foreign powers as well as domestic contributors. Abrams agreed to cooperate with Iran-Contra investigators and pled guilty to two charges reduced to misdemeanors. He was sentenced in 1991 to two years probation and 100 hours of community service but was pardoned by President George Bush...

    7. Robert C. McFarlane, Reagan's National Security Advisor, pled guilty to four misdemeanors and was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service. He was also fined $20,000. He received a blanket pardon from President George Bush...

    8. Alan D. Fiers was the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Central American Task Force. Fiers pled guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information from congress about Oliver North's activities and the diversion of Iran arms sale money to aid the Contras. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service. Alan Fiers received a blanket pardon for his crimes from President Bush...

    Thomas G. Clines: convicted of four counts of tax-related offenses for failing to report income from the operations;

    Carl R. Channel - Office of Public Diplomacy , partner in International Business- first person convicted in the Iran/Contra scandal, pleaded guilty of one count of defrauding the United States

    Richard R. Miller - Partner with Oliver North in IBC, a Office of Public Diplomacy front group, convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

    Frank Gomez

    13.. Donald Fortier

    Clair George was Chief of the CIA's Division of Covert Operations under President Reagan. George was convicted of lying to two congressional committees in 1986. George faced a maximum five year federal prison sentence and a $20,000 fine for each of the two convictions. Jurors cleared George of five other charges including two counts of lying to a federal grand jury. Clair George received a blanket pardon for his crimes from President George Bush...

    Rita Lavelle was indicted, tried and convicted of lying to Congress and served three months of a six-month prison sentence.

    Philip Winn - Assistant HUD Secretary. Pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to give illegal gratuities.

    Thomas Demery - Assistand HUD Secretary - pleaded guilty to steering HUD subsidies to politically connected donors.

    Deborah Gore Dean - executive assistant to Samuel Pierce - indicted on thirteen counts, three counts of conspiracy, one count of accepting an illegal gratuity, four counts of perjury, and five counts of concealing articles. She was convicted on twelve accounts. She appealed and prevailed on several accounts but the convictions for conspiracy remained.

    Catalina Villaponda - Former US Treasurer

    Joseph A. Strauss - Accepting kickbacks from developers

    Oliver North - He was indicted on sixteen felony counts and on May 4, 1989, he was convicted of three: accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and destruction of documents (by his secretary, Fawn Hall, on his instructions). He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell on July 5, 1989, to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines, and 1,200 hours community service. His conviction was later overturned.

    Originally posted to lorelynn on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 04:41 PM PDT.
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  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2013/01/16 01:37:33
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +1
    I don't know and nothing lie to say
  • Singerar 2013/01/16 01:00:43
    Singerar
    +3
    Bill Clinton!
  • Nan 2013/01/16 00:46:49
    Nan
    +2
    To me from what I've read and heard, it was Truman. He was a tough cookie who called it like he saw it and he didn't take any crap from anyone.
  • Brandon 2013/01/16 00:40:32
    Brandon
    +4
    I'm hearing a lot about Reagan... I thought he was pretty good. Just examining what happened though. I've only 3 presidents in my life. But I would have to say Obama was the worst, though Clinton wasn't good himself. Bush was better but not perfect.
  • thomas.ilgenfritz 2013/01/15 23:04:55
    thomas.ilgenfritz
    +5
    Ronald Reagan
  • JoLost 2013/01/15 21:10:20
    JoLost
    +2
    Hasn't been one, each President in my lifetime has sacrificed some part of the governments role in the promotion and enhancement of its purpose for the common good majority for the sake and profit of a few.

    Any President that would align to policies that fail to promote the advancement of that purpose or diminish the accomplishments its gained can never be described as "Best".
  • Jrogers 2013/01/15 20:13:35
    Jrogers
    +1
    President Obama
  • Not A Crybaby Richard <3Fre... 2013/01/15 19:45:15
    Not A Crybaby Richard <3Freedom!
    +1
    Lifetime? Probably Clinton.
  • piegirl333 2013/01/15 19:38:17
    piegirl333
    +2
    President Barack Obama
  • Jesse-T... piegirl333 2013/01/16 02:16:24
    Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy
    +2
    You can't be serious
  • piegirl333 Jesse-T... 2013/01/17 02:25:14
    piegirl333
    Whatever man.....
  • sbtbill 2013/01/15 18:18:17
    sbtbill
    +2
    In order
    1) Ronald Reagan
    2) Lyndon Bains Johnson.
    3) Harry Truman
    4) Jimmy Carter
    5) Dwight Eisenhower
  • Car1u5~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/15 18:13:06
    Car1u5~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I am going to go with clinton since i was too young to remember reagan.
  • MWD#1 2013/01/15 17:52:16
    MWD#1
    +3
    Reagan................Nixon.....
  • KATLYN 2013/01/15 17:36:20
    KATLYN
    +1
    well im not sure to be honest , but the coolest hands down is bill clinton
  • Jesse-T... KATLYN 2013/01/16 02:16:49
    Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy
    +1
    the "coolest?" Oh dear.
  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2013/01/15 17:24:11 (edited)
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +4
    Actually I have two. John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan
  • dallasjoe 2013/01/15 16:42:49
    dallasjoe
    +1
    Kennedy too bad Poppy cut his Life short He would have been Greatest ever if he had 8 yrs
  • Friday - Just the Facts 2013/01/15 16:16:26 (edited)
    Friday - Just the Facts
    +2
    When I look at a president and his legacy I include what that president did with his presidency and also what he does after his presidency. Well many conservatives believe Carter was a horrible president... and he did some questionable things but overall was not a bad president (he did try to get solar energy off the ground by fitting the whitehouse with solar panels... until uncle Ronny tore them down) but after his presidency he started Habitat for Humanity building homes for people that had none. And Clinton who was a great president went on to start the Clinton Initiative providing help for so many in need around the world.
    What's missing is any... and I mean any type of post presidency action to help people from any.. and I mean any republican president.

    My Vote is based on his full presidency.
    Bill Clinton

    And for work done so far and his work helping people prior to becoming a senator... with the confidence that he will do great things after his presidency:
    Obama
  • wolf sloan 2013/01/15 16:10:51
    wolf sloan
    +5
    Reagan
  • pjobrien 2013/01/15 16:09:12
    pjobrien
    +5
    Ronald Reagan.
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