Reagan Remembered: It Can Be Done
Before Reagan was elected president, the country was demoralized, adrift and staring into an economic abyss. I remember because I was running a small business at the time. A sea of red tape, high taxes and crippling inflation were plaguing families and job creators alike with uncertainty.
During one of his signature radio addresses, the Gipper offered a simple solution. He asked, "Why don't we see what roadblocks have been thrown in the way of our tried-and-true system" -- all the spending, taxes and regulations -- "and remove them?"
He knew that if unleashed, the "quiet courage" and "individual genius" of Americans -- limited only by their talents and imaginations -- could turn things around.
This was Reagan in a nutshell. And once elected, he brought that can-do spirit to Washington; he even placed a sign in the Oval Office that read, "It CAN Be Done." A replica of the sign sits on my desk today as we again find ourselves working to liberate our economy from uncertainty and big government.
Reagan's faith in the American people -- unshackled by government -- to overcome any obstacle rallied supporters from every background to his side, and I believe it will continue to inspire us, and all those across the world who yearn to be free, for generations to come.
Happy birthday, Mr. President.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is the speaker of the House of Representatives.
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