He did the following: Expanded the size of the Federal government, not banning abortion, saving Social Security, raising taxes and making them more progressive, trying to abolish nuclear weapons. What President was responsible for this? A. Lyndon Johnson B. Jimmy Carter C. Bill Clinton D. Ronald Reagan. If you answered D you were correct. According to <a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0301.green.html">Joshua Green</a>, Reagan's legacy is far more ambiguous than many conservatives seem willing to admit. A few facts about the Reagan Presidency: 1) he bailed out Social Security to the tune of $165 billion dollars and opened it to a huge new class of recipients; 2) after the initial tax cuts of his first year, he raised taxes every year after that, and his Tax Reform Act of 1986 included the largest corporate income tax increase in history as well as an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit program which added a significant amount of progressivity to the tax system; 3) later in his administration, relations with the Soviet Union softened. Yet Reagan's conservative biographers don't seem bothered by any of this. Green says, "The fact that Reagan's presidency didn't accomplish anything approaching its seismic promise--the size of government grew, abortion remained legal, and entitlements still abounded--is one that his partisan biographers elide by focusing on what Reagan believed and said rather than on what he actually did." Is this something that everyone here can agree with? Or is it the latest tactic by the same people who couldn't bash Reagan enough to make him look bad? "Can't beat him, he must have been one of us then!"