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2011 marks the centennial year of President Ronald Reagan’s birth. A year’s worth of celebratory events, tributes, and educational programs have been planned around the world by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and partner organizations to remember the life and legacy of our 40th president.

On March 22, 2011, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a leading economic think tank, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and The Wall Street Journal cohosted a conference exploring one of the most timely elements of President Reagan’s legacy today: supply-side economics.

During the 1980s, Manhattan Institute scholars and Wall Street Journal editorial writers were outspoken advocates of supply-side economics—free-market economic principles that President Reagan strongly supported.


The conference featured Reagan administration economists exploring the lessons learned from the supply-side revolution as well as discussing the current fiscal crisis and how supply-side theory can be applied in the future.


If we win the fight on spending, if we win the fight on understanding about monetary policy, what Ronald Reagan stood for will triumph again. And what happened in the last years will be seen as a regrettable, destructive but unpermanent interruption of what Ronald Reagan bequeathed to us and a free world.
—Steve Forbes


Im very happy to be here at this centennial event for Ronald Reagan who I regard as one of the few great presidents of the United States and one of the few people that understood the importance of taxation and the effective taxation on stimulus and economic incentives. —Robert Mundell


I was at the Manhattan Institute when these great minds were coming about to try and change things and through Bill Hammett, my first boss there, along with George Gilder, they recognized several areas that had to be attacked that were preventing the social and economic message that supply-side economics wanted to impart on our culture . . . by going after these areas of influence, academia, the media and popular culture, that are still held by people that are hostile to supply side economics and the whole Reagan Revolution, we were at least able to get an opening through our academic and political works. —David Asman


We need flat tax reform, we need spending limitations, we need the dollar sound as good as gold, we need deregulation, and we need free trade. Its a Reaganesque message and it needs to be adapted to the current modern situation. We need a growth message. —Lawrence Kudlow


We Must Keep the Legacy of Reaganomics Alive
Larry Kudlow, NRO's Kudlow's Money Politic$, 03-29-11
Last week I had the honor and privilege of participating in the Reagan Centennial celebration here in New York City. It was truly a wonderful event put together by the Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, and the Wall Street Journal. Almost all of the key surviving architects of Reaganomics were gathered together. . .

The Rise And Fall And Rise Again of Supply-Side Economics?
Ralph Benko,, 03-28-11
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the American dream was going to hell in a handbasket. I speak, of course, of 1980, a time that seems as remote to the elite imagination as those of the days of America's founding. The news then was dominated by "the misery index" measuring high unemployment and double-digit inflation. . .

Ryan Drumroll
Steve Forbes, IBD Editorials, 03-25-11
At the Manhattan Institute's Reagan Centennial conference on supply-side economics last Tuesday, former Reagan and Bush administration economist Lawrence Lindsey said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi believes the GOP . . .

Reagan's Legacy and the Current Malaise
Steve Forbes, Wall Street Journal, 03-22-11
Today, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Manhattan Institute and The Wall Street Journal will host a morning seminar concerning the economic legacy of Ronald Reagan. The get-together couldn't be timelier . . .

Supply-Side Conference Report
Sean Rushton, The Supply Side Blog, 03-22-11
The event included an inspiring speech by Steve Forbes, a panel featuring Brian Domitrovic, Jeff Bell and Art Laffer, another panel featuring Larry Kudlow, Lew Lehrman and Larry Lindsey, and a closing discussion between Paul Gigot and Robert Mundell. It was a tremendous event, and a pleasure to interact with so many supply-side luminaries (a few of whom say they read this blog) . . .

Rift on Right Over Reaganomics' Future
Ira Stoll,, 03-23-11
Leading figures in supply-side economics are heading into the 2012 election sharply divided over the future direction and emphasis of the movement, with one faction pushing for Reagan-style tax rate cuts while another faction advises a focus on a sound dollar, including a return to a gold standard . . .


Kudlow: "Make The Dollar Sound And Keep Marginal Tax Rates Low",
Larry Kudlow,, 03-28-11
Larry Kudlow of "The Kudlow Report" speaks on a panel at a seminar hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Manhattan Institute and The Wall Street Journal: "Just make the dollar sound and keep marginal tax rates low. The economy will grow beautifully. . .

Forbes On Obama: "Most Statist Presidency Since The Early 1930s",
Steve Forbes,, 03-28-11
Steve Forbes discusses Ronald Reagan's legacy and the economic challenges facing the United States today at a seminar hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Manhattan Institute and The Wall Street Journal . . .






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