I'm not convinced that Ronald Reagan was a President that history will see as one of the "great" ones. However, some of his words certainly hold some great truths. Apologize in advance if you've already seen these.
'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' - Ronald Reagan
(What did he know about GM that we didn't know?)
'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'- Ronald Reagan
(Oh, boy! Ain't this the truth?!)
'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'- Ronald Reagan
(We've seen plenty of this. Probably many more to come.)
'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan
(Health care reform?)
'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'- Ronald Reagan
(This is downright scary thought based on legislation now in progress.)
' I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.". - Ronald Reagan
(Would be funny if it weren't too true.)
'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.' Ronald Reagan
'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'- Ronald Reagan
(Possibly the best one of all).