President Ronald Reagan continues to get pilloried, several decades after his presidency. This time, it’s by Washington Post’s art critic Philip Kennicott.
In a review of an art exhibit at the Washington D.C. Hirshhorn Museum, Kennicott wrote the following:
“It ends with the economic crash of 1987 and the age of AIDS, a disease cruelly exacerbated by the sudden right turn in American politics to a sunny, mindless optimism that privileged consumption over compassion, selfishness over the social contract, and American power over American idealism. Artistically, and culturally, we are directly descended from the greed and hypocrisy of the 1980s — a fact that this exhibition emphasizes and perhaps implicitly endorses.
“The Guerrilla Girls managed to use the techniques of advertising effectively to challenge the misogyny of the art world; so, too, the artists of Gran Fury, who created the iconic ‘Silence=Death’ logo to call attention to the Reagan administration’s purposeful neglect of the AIDS crisis.”
According to author Carl Cannon, Reagan actually increased AIDS spending during his presidency. As Townhall reported:
“[Reagan] increased AIDS funding requests from $8 million in 1982 to $26.5 million in 1983, which Congress bumped to $44 million, a number that doubled every year thereafter during Reagan’s presidency”