| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Allowed abortion as CA Gov.; didn’t push pro-life as Pres.
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.
Approved three new prisons and 6% growth in law enforcement.
Oversaw one execution as CA Gov., supported death penalty.
Fought drugs beyond “Just Say No”.
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.
Western enviro ethic: pro-development, common-sense.
Dismissed acid rain proposals as burdensome to industry.
Ignored ICJ ruling against mining Nicaraguan harbors.
Open door to PRC, but maintain alliance with Taiwan.
Proposed concept behind NAFTA in 1979.
Principal mission was government deregulation.
Despite accusations, didn’t much cut Medicare.
Slow to fight AIDS; focused on prevention.
SDI averts biblical prophecy of Armageddon.
Allow free movement of people from Mexico & Canada.
Principles & Values|
Cared more about policies than being “Great Communicator”.
Wanted to privatize retirement, but never had opportunity.
Serious on tax simplification; mocked as “secret tax plan”.
Welfare & Poverty|
Championed “workfare” as California Governor.
Cut back AFDC & other targeted poverty programs.