Video: Reagan’s 101st birthday marked by comparisons to… Obama

You can count on one thing every time Republican candidates for president get close to a caucus or a primary or a debate: The name of Ronald Reagan will be invoked.

Countless times on this campaign the candidates have competed for the mantle of being most like the Great One (not Gretzky). Unfortunately, once the comparisons start being made, you never know where they will lead.

ThinkProgress thinks the comparisons lead straight to the White House. In this short video, they have Reagan and President Obama both talking about eliminating tax loopholes that sometimes allow the wealthy to pay a smaller portion of their income in taxes than the not-quite wealthy.

So, in honor of Reagan’s 101st birthday:

Quoting Reagan from the video:

We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy. […] Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver or less?

Earlier in the campaign, The Colorado Independent published the following video showing Reagan and George H.W. Bush discussing immigration in tones that would have gotten them booed at this year’s debates.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.