He came to office with the nation’s economy badly wounded, record high interest rates, cars lined up around the block at gas stations, 10%+ unemployment, and - for the first time since World War II - gas rationing.
Many believed that the best days of the nation were behind us.
He told us to “stand tall” and he led by example. He laughed with opponents, winning them over to his generous personality and good nature, if not always his vision for a stronger nation, a smaller government and a renewed role for the American citizen.
He went to work to simplify the income tax code, to reduce the size of government and to “tear down this wall.” He accomplished all three—and more.
President Ronald Reagan had a vision for the nation and his vision harkened back to the principles of liberty, individual responsibility, and government as an honest servant of the people.
Today we struggle with more than one of every ten Americans out of work, with a growing national debt pledged against the future earnings of generations of yet-to-be-born Americans, and with Americans divided on almost every issue but one—a sinking certainty that our best days are behind us.
Like President Reagan, Michael Reagan, his eldest son, believes that transformational changes must be accomplished with all Americans working together. “If you love America, you love all Americans,” President Reagan said.
Michael Reagan says that if it had been developed, he is sure his father would have been a strong advocate for the FairTax. He has now agreed to help lead the FairTax National Victory Campaign. Given President Reagan’s record and Michael Reagan’s work to keep his legacy alive, it makes perfect sense.
“We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him... But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure,” said President Reagan.
We know that the FairTax is much, much more than a “good start;” it's the single most important answer to the unemployment that saps worker’s hope for the future, the crippling debt that hobbles healthy economic growth, and the fear that our children and grandchildren will now inherit a country in rapid decline.
We also know that the FairTax has the potential to unite a divided American people--both out of enlightened self-interest and in the common belief that it is the right thing to do for our future as a still great nation.
Welcome Michael Reagan!