Pat Buchanan, senior advisor under Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, say just the opposite. Also, if Reagan was the irresponsible radical spender as you claim, do you honestly think that conservatives and libertarians would revere him so much? Or, were they all blinded by his exceptional speaking ability? This argument is not really worth debate IMO.<quoted text>
You should check out David Stockman's book, "The Triumph of Politics." He wrote his account of what happened to spending while serving as Reagan's budget director. No, I'm not implying anything. I'm telling you. Stockman will say it a lot better than I can.
Rand Paul was the topic. What exactly is your problem with him specifically? Also, for the sake of trying to figure out your political leanings, what would you classify yourself as? Definately not conservative or libertarian. Progressive I assume?