I originally wanted to post this in GQ, in order to constrain the bullshit from both sides, but I figured it would last about 34 minutes before getting moved here. I myself am highly opinionated on the issue, but I recognize that real information is heavily tinted by the source, be it Heritage or CEPR or whatever.
My question is whether it is possible to find valid information about the real short and long term effects of Reagan Administration policies. I was following a discussion elsewhere, and it was little more than “Morning in America” vs. “President 666”. Charts and stats being flung about with abandon, with little regard to much other than numbers that made him look good or numbers that made him look bad (tweak the basis of a graph just so and a goat becomes a hero – statistics are very hard to trust).
So what reliable, unbiased information can be had about the long term economic and social outcomes that the Reagan Administration can reasonably be given credit/blame for? And s it possible to look into a question like this without descending into a polemic froth?