“Joy to the World”
Herb Block believed that Ronald Reagan’s policies of government deregulation, unimpeded spending, and readiness to undo social programs made a shambles of the country. Reagan appalled Block in a way that only Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon had done before. The “tangled web” of foreign policy—especially the Iran-Contra affair—that deceived the American people, angered him. He wrote, “Ronald Reagan had not only run against the federal government when he first campaigned for the presidency; he continued to run against it while heading it. So there might be considered a certain logic to his efforts to get around government rules and restrictions when they interfered with what he and his band of performers wanted to do.” Block spent eight years reminding Americans of what had transpired and attacked what he perceived as the unmitigated greed of the Reagan Administration.
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