Was Richard Nixon a good president besides Watergate?

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  • Was Richard Nixon a good president besides Watergate?


Answer #1 | 13/02 2014 05:22
he wasn't an angel, but he wasn't a demon either. as with all living things, he had his good points and his bad points. on the whole, he was mediocre. edit @ Edgar: "a GUARANTEED family income" was Milton Friedman's brainchild, not Nixon's. you remember Milton Friedman, don't you? the Father of Supply-side Economics? conservatives have spent 35 years ignoring the fact that even HE said that his economic theory would lead to disaster in the long term if it did NOT include a guaranteed family income. turns out he was right.
Answer #2 | 13/02 2014 05:26
If you skip Watergate and the paranoia he exhibited, he was a whole lot better than the current crop GOP
Answer #3 | 13/02 2014 08:17
Yes, he was a very good President. He was great at foreign policy unlike today where Obama is alienating even our closest allies.
Answer #4 | 13/02 2014 04:59
Economically, he was a disaster. Effectively, Nixon had a deal with a solidly Democrat Congress: you let me do what I want in terms of foreign relations and national security, and I'll sign ANY social welfare legislation you send up to me. And he did. This is the same guy who came up with the notion of a GUARANTEED family income, implemented wage & price controls, and put in place any number of policies that continue to haunt us today. He was an unmitigated disaster. I do, however, like how he went after the North Vietnamese during Operation Linebacker II (aka the Christmas Bombings) at the end of 1972. This is what we should have been doing since 1965: nail those Commies to the wall by lunching their country's ENTIRE infrastructure a la the First Gulf War and the Israeli response to Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006.
Answer #5 | 13/02 2014 04:29
Well he did open relations with China. At least that's what a cartoon told me once.

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