In a new book, The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism, by Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. he says that “I grew up as a conservative Republican in Ronald Reagan’s California what I found shocked me. Everything I had been told about Reagan’s philosophy, by the Right and the Left, had been wrong.”
Reagan, in Olsen’s telling, was to his last breath an FDR Democrat in GOP clothing reports The Washington Post.
Olsen is a lefty so he wants Republicans to carry on in the tradition of Reagan.
Notes The Post, Olsen wants today’s GOP to embrace the legacy of FDR, to “reapply the cardinal principle enshrined in the New Deal, that government has a limited but strong role to play in helping the average person achieve his or her dreams.”
But here is the kicker and Olsen is correct on this point. From The Washington Post:
President Trump’s appeal, Olsen says, is a direct result of the fact that “the core thrust of [Trump’s] argument regarding government’s ultimate purpose bears poignant similarities to Reagan’s New Deal conservatism.”Murray Rothbard understood that Reagan was a phony small government advocate from the get go. SEE: Ronald Reagan: An Autopsy.
I suspect that Rothbard would be exposing Trump by now, also.