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The 8 Most Overrated Things About the Eighties

Posted: 10/05/11 12:55 AM ET

Two months ago, I presented a slideshow exposing The Most Overrated Things about the Sixties. I now offer the most overrated things about a decade that I can actually remember...

Ronald Reagan
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Yes, I've already mentioned this guy in a previous slideshow -- but it's worth reminding ourselves, again and again, just how overrated he is. Whenever I hear that Reagan "made Americans feel good about themselves," I think that must have been terrific -- and then I think of how terrified we felt over in Australia, knowing that this lovable-but-clueless nitwit had his finger on the button and was taunting the Soviets at every opportunity. (The theory that he was planning to bankrupt them and end the Cold War? Sorry, but there are enough holes in that one to sink it.) Make no mistake: if the end of the Cold War had an "architect," it was Gorbachev. Reagan was lucky enough to share the glory... and years later, steal it.
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