Some more things Ronnie Raygun gave the US was the BS Star Wars program. It is like a zombie that can't be killed roaming around the Pentagon still making money for the defense contractors since 1983. Unbelievably flawed technology that could never work back then and today.
Another Raygun act was to bringing cocaine into this country by the plane load to fund his secret war in Nicaragua. The price of coke on the street went from 70,000 a kilo to around 14,000 while Raygun was in office. Law of supply and demand, I guess.
Deregulated the savings and loan banks so his minions could rob billions from the FDIC. The American taxpayer is still paying on this fraud to this day. Sen. McCain was a major player in this also.
Regan was the biggest supporter of Bin Laden. Millions of dollars of support, arms and technology was given to Bin Laden when fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. That turned out to great for the US in the long run, don't you agree.
Regan was making back room deals with the Iran for the hostages before he got elected. The 1st Bush was the mouthpiece for the deal. The hostages were released by Iran when Regan got elected. 3000 TOE missiles were handed over to Iran on the same day the hostages were released. This was done in secret also, with the American public kept in the dark. Raygun also gave Sadaam Huessin chemical weapons which he then used on the Kurds and Iran.
Sending the Marines into Lebanon. The US got a lot out of this Raygun idea. Lots of dead Marines coming home in body bags when their living quarters were destroyed by a suicide bomber. The Marines left soon after this incident took place.
Raygun was also cutting taxes drastically in his 1st year. The next 6 years while Raygun was in office taxes increased every year. He never made up for the shortfall from his 1st tax cut. Raygun's tax changes also created the largest-ever shift of tax burden from the wealthy to the middle-class and working poor.
When Raygun took office the National debt was 1 trillion dollars. That is from 1776 forward to the date Raygun took office. Revolutionary, 1812, Civil, Spanish American, WW I, WW II, Korean and Vietnam wars all contributed to the 1 trillion dollar figure. When Raygun left office the national debt was 3.5 trillion dollars in debt. So in 8 years Raygun managed to triple the National debt, which up to his term took a little over 200+ years to accumulate.
So which of these Raygun legacies that was implemented during his 2 terms in office makes him a great President?
You can find all kinds of different figures for the national debt at the beginning and end of any presidents term, depending on where you look. You found one source and you choose to believe it. Keep looking and you'll find many others that tell different stories. Who do you believe?
There are several things in your post I disagree with, however, I'll discuss the one where you claimed Reagan brought in "plane loads" of cocaine to fund his wars. As a boarding officer in the Coast Guard during the Reagan years, I saw the majarity of smuggling go from pot to cocaine, but it was not because of Reagan. The smugglers knew it was easier to hide a million bucks worth of coke than the same amount of pot. I busted a boat with 52 tons of pot onboard once. We knew it was loaded when we were 200 yards downwind from them. Coke, however, was alot harder to find. Reagan didn't put it there, the smugglers did. So for you to say he brought it in is an ignorant comment. Not trying to slam you, but there's no other way to put it.
One more thing, Reagan didn't have to make "back room deals" with Iran to get the hostages released. Carter was a wimp and the Iranians knew it, they also knew Reagan wasn't and he would absolutely do something to get the hostages released. No backroom deals, just an absolute threat.
That's enough for now.