Reagan YearsThere he goes again -- Barry Rascovar and the...


October 30, 1994

Reagan Years

There he goes again -- Barry Rascovar and the "the failure of Ronald Reagan's economic theories in Washington" (column, Oct. 23).

Do you call the greatest economic period in our history a failure? When the gross national product grew from $1.5 trillion to over $4 trillion?

When government had available $0.5 trillion to, at the end, $1.5 trillion? When interest rates fell from 16 percent to 3 percent? When the richest 5 percent paid from 15 percent and at the end 22 percent?

When 20 million jobs were created, of which one-third paid over $50,000, while Mr. Clinton has created 3 million jobs, of which 24 percent are under $7,000 a year?

When the "evil empire" was on the verge of collapse and did destruct in 1990, which was directly attributed to one man, Ronald Reagan, according to Margaret Thatcher and Boris Yeltsin and a huge majority of the American people?

When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down shortly after he left Washington? Did the Defense Department liberal obstructionists cause that?

And who's the most popular living American? Ronald Reagan.

There was that rise in the budget deficit from $1 trillion to $4 trillion while Mr. Reagan in six of his years fought for a balanced budget amendment and the Democrats beat him down at every chance, because they were the majority party.

Not one of Mr. Reagan's budget deficits exceeded Mr. Clinton's first two deficit budgets. Check it out.

So keep on bashing the Reagan years as our first woman governor is elected. It's about time.

E. C. Chavatel Jr.

Hunt Valley

Pigskin Barrel

After watching the Oct. 19 debate on public television, nothing could have illuminated Ellen Sauerbrey's platform more than the announcement that Jim Speros was to receive $500,000 in loans and grants for refurbishment of Memorial Stadium for his CFL (wow) football team.

This is $500,000 of what was termed in The Sun as "state money." Translation: taxpayer money.

What example could be any clearer in exposing the wasteful nTC spending of this state? $500,000 would certainly make a difference somewhere else more important, like education.

Please stop the endless madness of this state's gross abuse of tax dollars and vote for Ellen Sauerbrey.

Richard Perry



In your Oct. 24 endorsement of Sen. Paul Sarbanes for re-election, you also made a case of why Bill Brock would be a very good senator from Maryland.

Your lukewarm endorsement of Senator Sarbanes and honest evaluation of Bill Brock may get some much needed votes for Brock on Election Day. Thanks for your evenhandedness in the Senate race.

Tina Marie Gruss



As an ordinary white woman who has never been "bright," "intelligent," "gifted," etc., I have been, at least daily, astounded, usually horrified, by what those with many I.Q. points do and think. Horrifying me most recently is the publication of "The Bell Curve." To conceive of intelligence so narrowly as I.Q. points is yet another example of white man's stupidity.

Other examples being: The Holocaust, brutal relegation of American Indians to reservations and subjugation of Africans as slaves.

How can anyone with such a history claim intelligence?

Bonnie Davis



Devine's Record

As a former federal employee, I take great exception to Karen Hosler's unfavorable Oct. 24 depiction of Donald Devine's tenure as director of the Office of Personnel Management under President Reagan and her characterization of it as a "reign of terror."

I and many of my colleagues actually admired the courage and tenacity that Mr. Devine so amply displayed while single-handedly overhauling the Federal Employees Health Benefit program and successfully promoting legislation to reform the unsustainable federal retirement system in the face of unrelenting, vitriolic opposition from government unions and their more liberal allies in Congress at the time.

He had the guts to buck the ultimate price because of it: the loss of his job.

In what appears to be more a tribute to Steny Hoyer than a balanced account of the 5th District race, Ms. Hosler also failed to mention that both of the programs identified with Mr. Devine have been broadly hailed subsequently as fair to federal employees, far more sustainable than what they replaced and far less costly to the taxpayer over the long term.

None of the predictions of gloom and doom that appeared in the Washington Post and elsewhere ever came true, and Mr. Devine has been vindicated in spades as far as I'm concerned.

The bottom line is that Mr. Devine won't shrink from proposing radical change if that's what's best for his district and the nation. Doesn't he possess precisely the qualities we so urgently need in Congress today?

Dick Fairbanks


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