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so… its reagans Fault?


ronald reaganAre our current economic challenges Ronald Reagan’s (President of the United States from 1980 to 1988) fault?

That’s the provocative claim being advanced by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman in. You can read the entire piece from the New York Times here.

According to Krugman, Reganomics sowed the seeds that grew into today’s financial disaster.  He writes:

“Reagan-era legislative changes essentially ended New Deal restrictions on mortgage lending — restrictions that, in particular, limited the ability of families to buy homes without putting a significant amount of money down.”

Krugman traces Reagan’s bailout of the savings and loan industry to the growth of debt by both the government and the general population.

“Traditionally, the U.S. government ran significant budget deficits only in times of war or economic emergency. Federal debt as a percentage of G.D.P. fell steadily from the end of World War II until 1980. But indebtedness began rising under Reagan; it fell again in the Clinton years, but resumed its rise under the Bush administration, leaving us ill prepared for the emergency now upon us.”

Is Krugman right?  Did the champion of modern capitalism inadvertently sabotage it decades later? Did Reagan enable this country’s materialistic bender?

Or is Mr. Krugman engaging in revisionist history?

Me? Well… Just because you can lead a horse to water does not mean he needs or has to drink it. While in college from 1980 to 1984 I was working my way through school, busting my butt, saving every penny I could, and building a small company.

What do you think?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


Brian Cork Remembering Barbara Stanwyck


You probably remember Barbara Stanwyck from the 60’s television series “The Big Valley”.

I loved watching westerns with my Dad and Grandad.

It was terrific.  Lots of subtle messaging in the soap box operetta format along with high adventure and spirited dialogue.  Only Bonanza (in the early days) might have been better. /1

In any event, Stanwyck has always fascinated me.  By reputation off camera she was true and kind.  She played strong willful characters that were typically possessed of an edge.

And, it bothers me that Robert Wagner has written a crappy book and told the world that he had a love affair with Stanwyck almost 60 years ago. But, what can we expect from a smarmy ‘ol dude that hocks reverse mortgages on cable television?

As it turns out, My Nana and Grandad knew Stanwyck.  They were “old Sacramento”, and had many a pool party stuffed with Hollywood, political and sports luminaries that included Ronald Reagan and Max Baer (The boxer [although my Mom grew up with his son Max Baer Jr. who played Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies”]).

…I recall my Nana and Mother saying that I looked like Max Baer (senior).

Moving on…

Stanwyck’s first husband was stage actor Frank Fay. They were married on August 26, 1928. On December 5, 1932 they adopted a son, Dion Anthony “Tony” Fay, who was one month old. The marriage was a troubled one. Fay’s successful career on Broadway did not translate to the big screen, whereas Stanwyck achieved Hollywood stardom. Also, Fay apparently physically abused Stanwyck – especially when he was inebriated.

My Grandad once told me that the Fay and Stanwyck story was the basis for the book and movie(s) “A Star is Born”.

Brian Patrick Cork


1/ I will be Blogging about Bonanza in the next week or so.  It was simply brilliant.  Way ahead of it’s time and shares some interesting parallels with The Big Valley.


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You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

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