Dick Polman explains at Phlly dot com. A nugget:
After his reelection, Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which imposed the largest corporate tax hike in history ($120 billion over five years), while closing $300 billion in corporate loopholes. In that same law, Reagan agreed to exempt millions of low-wage earners from paying any income tax.
In today’s conservative parlance, such deeds would be assailed as “socialism.”
And imagine how he would be attacked today for his tolerant immigration policy. In 1986, he signed the last major reform law, mandating a path to citizenship for agricultural and seasonal workers – and offering amnesty to illegal immigrants who had lived here continuously for many years. If Reagan were campaigning with that record today, he’d get whacked so hard by the Republican right he would end up like chastened ex-reformer John McCain, yelling, “Build the dang fence!”