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Reagan Library Opens Exhibit Honoring Motorcycles

Besides his role in winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan also won the heart of Harley aficionados when he imposed a temporary tariff  on Japanese motorcycles in 1983.  Historians debate the effectiveness of the tariff. Some claim that it saved Harley-Davidson from bankruptcy,while others say it costs more jobs than it saved and did nothing to reduce the number of Japanese bikes from entering the marketplace.

Debates aside, beginning tomorrow July 9th,  the Ronald Reagan library will honor the former President’s role in motorcycle history as they open an exhibit “Born to be Wild: Vintage and Celebrity Motorcycles scheduled to run through November.

In Dealernews, library director Duke Blackwood is quoted as saying, Ronald Reagan’s actions helped change the course of the American motorcycle industry.”

Besides the vintage motorcycles on display the exhibit will also feature these famous movie motorcycles;

Movie motorcycles include:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1991 Indian from “The Terminator”
  • Space Bike ridden by Adam Sandler in “Bedtime Stories”
  • Motorized bicycle ridden by Will Smith and Kevin Kline in “Wild, Wild West”
  • The Batgirl and Robin motorcycles ridden by Alicia Silverstone and Chris O’Donnell in “Batman and Robin”
  • Motorcycle ridden by Chris Pine as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek”
  • The 1920 Indian Scout ridden by Anthony Hopkins from “The World’s Fastest Indian

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  1. Re: Reagan Library Opens Exhibit Honoring Motorcycles.
    Opa,
    sorry I couldn’t get back to answering your retort sooner, but I’ve been hooked-up working in my small business of 15 yrs..
    Oh yeah, we were both wrong, it was Pres., G.H.W. Bu$h, who called supply-side economics, Voodo Economics.
    By the way, I didn’t just fall off of a truck-load of drill-pipe from Tulsa.
    You said that I was just a gleam in my daddy’s eye when you
    were riding rice-burners.
    Well I’m thinkin’ you must be mistaken, cuz’ I’m a 59 yr. old VietNam vet.
    So your projection is way off-base,
    I have worked in the oilpatch ever since I was 15 yrs. old.
    I attended college on the old Montgomery G.I. Bill.
    I’ve worked all over the Western US & the Rocky Mtn. States in many capacities, as a Driller, Derrickman, Drilling Fluids Engineer & Completion Specialist, to name a few.
    I also worked for several years offshore Gabon, West Africa.
    So don’t lecture me about initiative.
    My ride is an 80 inch 1979 & 1/2 Shovel.
    Yeah, I’ve had my share of Japanese bikes too.
    My 1st m/c was a Honda 50cc 4 stroke, w/ a centrifugal clutch.
    Next, I had a 2 cycle 55cc Yamaguchi, which was a predecessor to Yamaha.
    Then I bought a Honda 305cc Scrambler.
    I bored it out to 340cc & installed a hot cam, so it would outrun the local 350cc Honda Dream Police Bikes, in Gillette, Wyoming.
    So I’ve got nothing against rice, in fact they are kinda nice.
    I’m not so stuck-up, as to not to ride w/ people who ride rice, either.

    But I’m an American & I ride *American iron, granted, the electrics, et cetera, are all foreign, but someday maybe America will wake up.
    I think it’s more important to buy American made goods now, than @ any other time that I can think of.

    Especially since the Republicans have provided huge tax cuts for American companies that have exported more than 8 million American jobs to foreign countries, while Bu$h was @ the helm.
    Bu$h’s biggest export was American jobs.
    The GOP has even given corporations the incentive to offshore their headquarters, so they can completely avoid paying taxes in the US, while they exploit the huge pools of slave-labor abroad.
    Bu$h gave out $3.4 trillion in tax monies to businesses, for the purpose of outsourcing their companies.

    As a matter of fact, the Republicans are poseur populists.
    They are really the party of big corporations, the very wealthy, the willfully misinformed & the very gullible.

    Three times now, the Republicans used Parliamentary Procedures to prevent a vote that will extend unemployment insurance benefits for the people who are in dire straits.
    The provision will also give tax cuts to small businesses & provide loan packages for small businesses.
    The extension would stimulate the economy immediately, & the multiplier effect is equivalent to: every dollar spent is worth a buck & a 1/2 in the local community where it is spent.

    But the GOP would like nothing better than for the economy to go belly-up, so they could rebuild the government in their image.
    They have no need for a large government that is fully functional. They would like to do just as, Grover Norquist, suggested, “Drown it in a bathtub.”
    It was Reagan who got people to fear their own government-of the people-by the people & for the people, when he talked about the 9 scariest words.

    Yet when the Republican inspired worldwide economic meltdown came to fruition, the GOP were whining for bailouts from the “big government.
    Same story, when the Macondo well blowout started fouling the shoreline of the GOM, all of the Republicans started sniveling, “Where is the government?”
    All liberal social programs like Medicare, Medicaid & the Health Insurance Reform will be repealed, if the GOP take control again.

    Soc. Sec. will be turned over to Wall St.
    The economy going teats-up, would most certainly make their day & their re-election very easy in November, even though it would hurt almost every small business currently in operation.
    Small businesses create more jobs in America than the big corporations do.

    The GOP is holding the much needed help for the unemployed, hostage.
    They are against extending the UI Benefits because they whine that they cost too much, yet they are champing @ the bit to give the wealthiest Americans, continued Bu$hCo tax cuts, because John Kyl, from AZ. the 2nd most powerful Republican in the Senate said, “You should never have to offset the cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates for Americans.” That same ol’ song & dance, but he couldn’t answer how the $650 billion in lost revenue over 10 yrs., would be payed for.
    $30 billion to aid the unemployed is a bridge too far, for the GOP.
    Thirty billion dollars is too much to expend to extend the unemployment insurance benefits, but 20 times that much for their crony cabal of cretins is A-OK.
    So they hold the extensions for unemployment benefits hostage for continued tax cuts to the companies that will outsource American jobs to our foreign competitors.
    They also want to prevent the Bu$h tax cuts for the very wealthy, from sunsetting.
    They want the inheritance tax repealed.
    1/3 of the millionaires inherited their wealth. They didn’t earn it.
    The GOP wants the Capital Gains rate lowered & the Estate Tax repealed.
    They want the corporate tax rates lowered again, when the corporations are already placing their load of the taxes onto the backs of regular taxpayers, whose total tax load will be $2.35 trillion this yr..
    Meanwhile the corporations will skate-by w/ a tax load of only $585. billion.
    37% of corporations pay no income taxes whatsoever.
    Exxon-Mobil got back $1 million in income tax returns in 2009.

    Trickle-down/Voodoo economics is a farce, because the very wealthy & the big corporations are simply using their money to make money instead of manufacturing goods to make money, they invest it & buy T bills.
    They claim that their isn’t enough confidence in the market, but they are creating that lack of confidence.
    The Big Banks used the T.A.R.P. money to buy-up other banks, so the too big too fail banks are now even bigger than they were.
    The Big Banks can get money from the Fed. Reserve for practically nothing, they then use that money to gamble with on Wall St., but all of the odds are in their favor.
    Why should they lend money to smaller banks?
    Well they won’t lend, hence small businesses like mine are relying on our credit cards to keep their businesses chugging along, because the smaller banks just don’t have the money to loan.
    In 2008, the median income was $52,000.00.
    The majority of states below the the median income are Red States, but they consistently vote against their own vested – best self interests, out of ignorance or misperceived pride.

    But the one definite advantage to being a conservative is that you never have to trouble your conscience about selling out; a conservative is a sell-out from the git-go, an ass kisser & a power sycophant by definition.

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