Reaching across the aisle? Puh-leeze!

reagan_300wTalk about beating a man when he’s down!

In an era when even President Barack Obama speaks warmly about Ronald Reagan, you’ve got to admire the cajones of journalist William Kleinknecht, who will be speaking about his new book, The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America, tonight at 7:00 pm at Book Soup.

According to the book’s blurb:

So much that has gone wrong in America — including the subprime mortgage crisis and the meltdown of the financial sector — can be traced directly to Reagan’s policies. The financial deregulation launched in the 1980s freed banks and securities firms to squander hundreds of billions of dollars and make a shambles of the economy.

For his follow-up book, Kleinknecht will blame Reagan for Octomom, the lack of cut-and-paste on the iPhone, and the undying popularity of Dancing with the Stars.

Oh, and for those of you who didn’t benefit from Reaganomics, a majority of the book can be found online for free here. Legally, even!

Image: The Gipper and Danny Chang in Hong Kong (1952).