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‘Iron?Lady’ was great

April 15, 2013

After some initial unpleasantness between us, Americans and Britons have enjoyed a deep friendship and an unshakeable allianc....

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 12:21 PM

Probably one of the most overrated leaders of any nation in the second half of the 20th century after Ronald Reagan. Both effective but highly overrated.

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 1:02 PM

Portnoy, then may she rust in peace.

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moderation

Apr-15-13 1:03 PM

There are a few million British citizens who would disagree with this editorial. She crushed the unions and supported the 1%'ers.

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 1:22 PM

moderation, absolutely correct. And I'll say it again: there is nothing neither she nor Reagan did that actually bettered their respective countries other than staring down the Soviet Union.

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TiredOfTax

Apr-15-13 2:04 PM

I thought that the left always said that they were the party of peace and love... all gone to hate now? As far as the Iron lady she stood fast for what she believed in, not necessarily what you believe in and was a true leader. As far as the hate you profess her country has for her she was in office from 4 May 1979 – 28 November 1990... she was ELECTED to office! Now as far as her nickname iron head... better that than stonehead that Obama is called!

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Flapper

Apr-15-13 2:28 PM

Socialism: A political attempt to climb back into the womb. Liberals; you have to hold them accountable for their own well being because they sure won't.

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 2:33 PM

TiredOfTax, no one said she was NOT elected. No one accused Mrs. Thatcher of stealing office. It is unclear where you got this from.

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Pards13

Apr-15-13 2:34 PM

She would not care what you think about her and neither would Reagan. Both possessed one quality that is short supply. Guts to do what they thought was right for their countries. I don't see much of that around anymore.

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 2:41 PM

Pards13, I'm entitled to myopinion, right? Ask yourself if the US was left in better shape because of Reagan. Inflation? Check. Gloomy economy? Check. Unemployment that spiked at nearly 11%? Check.

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Pards13

Apr-15-13 2:44 PM

Last I checked your are entitled to your own opinion, however I have heard that the powers to be are considering some changes. 98% tax rate check

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Pards13

Apr-15-13 2:55 PM

Inflation? Check. Gloomy economy? Check. Unemployment that spiked at nearly 11%? Check. What exactly are talking about then or now?

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 3:16 PM

Pards13, nothing, since no comparison was made to the now. The question was, and remains, whether or not the respecitive leaders left their countries in a better shape after office or not. No mention was made to today's status nor should an even better status then (arguable) be a reason to ignore a not-so-effective leader then.

You can't just say that unemployment figures from nearly 30 years ago are okay and acceptable just because they are better than today's. that's patently and categorically irresponsible.

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Hilltopper

Apr-15-13 3:16 PM

Reagan just happened to be president when the Soviet Union self destructed. Also, he wore way too much make-up when he appeared on TV. As far as Iron Pants, I have no horse in the race, but the Irish Catholics may have a different opinion than the LH. History books are always written by the victor.

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Hilltopper

Apr-15-13 3:19 PM

RS: The modern day president to leave the country in way better shape than what he inherited was Bill Clinton. The modern day president to leave it in the worst shape by far was GW Bush.

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Pards13

Apr-15-13 4:03 PM

I simply wanted to point out that things are very similar now as they were then. The jury is still out on our current president as the full effect of his policies have not been felt. You are welcome to your opinions as I hope I am welcome to mine. PS. I never said that 11% was ok because it is not. Neither is the manipulation of current figures.

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rschweizer

Apr-15-13 5:45 PM

Hilltopper, I agree wholeheartedly. I especially love those who hate to admit Bill Clinton was among the top 5 presidents this country has ever produced. Republicans especially.

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drugsrus

Apr-15-13 7:05 PM

swizzer, Great Britain has no regular schedule for election of their PM. They call for the ouster (by election) of an unpopular PM when they get unhappy with the situation. For her to be in office for over 10 years says that more were pleased with her than not. Reagan wasn't exactly the working man's pal, but sometimes you need to step on some toes.

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laker88

Apr-15-13 7:21 PM

And then after Clinton, we get Bush, jr...try not to dwell on that, too depressing.

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MrBoB51

Apr-16-13 8:38 AM

Itar Tass dubbed Maggie The Iron Lady for a reason. Between her, Reagan and Pope John Paul II the Soviet Union was destroyed. History is not kind to English leaders like Churchill or Thatcher but in the end their mission was accomplished. Today, make an effort to observe a moment of silence and reflection for our Brothers and Sisters in Boston.

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MrBoB51

Apr-16-13 8:43 AM

You know Rs, I think I prefer an effective 'overrated' President than an ineffective overrated one such as we have now.

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gville70

Apr-16-13 8:52 AM

Is this the same Iron Lady that put 10 million folks out of work? Trashed the economy and was lucky enough to be in office during the upsurge in the 80's? (like reagan)Could have sworn she was dumped by her party in 1990..Could be wrong tho(doubt it) Read a history book people.. Nice buttkissing article LH

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TiredOfTax

Apr-16-13 12:13 PM

Lets talk about the misery index during Carter years. Democrats have dolts as big as anyone!

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Hilltopper

Apr-16-13 1:10 PM

Druggy..."For her to be in office for over 10 years says that more were pleased with her than not." Does your logic apply to President Obama, who was elected to serve as president the mazimum number of years according to US law?

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MrBoB51

Apr-16-13 1:19 PM

...or Bush?

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Hilltopper

Apr-16-13 1:29 PM

My point exactly. With so many special interests, the days of a US president enjoying across the board popularity are long gone. Reagan was probably the last, and if the cable tv talk shows existed back then, you would have to go back to JFK.

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