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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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The Role of a Lifetime, by Lou Cannon


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Click here for 25 full quotes from Ronald Reagan in the book The Role of a Lifetime.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Allowed abortion as CA Gov.; didn’t push pro-life as Pres.
Civil Rights
    Opposed Voting Rights Act of 1965 as “humiliating to South”.
    Promised to appoint a female Justice; O’Connor was the first.
    Supported Bob Jones Univ.’s miscegeny policy, inadvertently.
Crime
    Approved three new prisons and 6% growth in law enforcement.
    Oversaw one execution as CA Gov., supported death penalty.
Drugs
    Fought drugs beyond “Just Say No”.
Education
    Supported school prayer but didn’t push it.
    Targeted Dept. of Education to be abolished, but failed.
Energy & Oil
    Decontrolled oil prices, but didn’t fill oil reserves.
Environment
    Western enviro ethic: pro-development, common-sense.
    Dismissed acid rain proposals as burdensome to industry.
Foreign Policy
    Ignored ICJ ruling against mining Nicaraguan harbors.
    Open door to PRC, but maintain alliance with Taiwan.
Free Trade
    Proposed concept behind NAFTA in 1979.
Government Reform
    Principal mission was government deregulation.
Health Care
    Despite accusations, didn’t much cut Medicare.
    Slow to fight AIDS; focused on prevention.
Homeland Security
    SDI averts biblical prophecy of Armageddon.
Immigration
    Allow free movement of people from Mexico & Canada.
Principles & Values
    Cared more about policies than being “Great Communicator”.
Social Security
    Wanted to privatize retirement, but never had opportunity.
Tax Reform
    Serious on tax simplification; mocked as “secret tax plan”.
Welfare & Poverty
    Championed “workfare” as California Governor.
    Cut back AFDC & other targeted poverty programs.


The above quotations are from The Role of a Lifetime, by Lou Cannon.

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