One commonly overlooked characteristic of Ronald Reagan was his experience. Unlike Obama, or Bush, or Clinton; Reagan was a Democrat who later became a Republican. He saw both sides clearly and through careful thought and real life experience switched to the right. Also, he was a better man than a politician. He didn't twist the truth and make false promises like most politicians. He consulted with intelligent people like Milton Friedman, which resulted in a growing economy. He lowered taxes and was the last Republican to stop the growth of government while in office.