You know what really is ironic?
Reagan wanted to make government smaller and more efficient (and W has said things like this too, but has taken little action).
But by cutting budgets and taking other steps to make government smaller and more 'efficient' he actually just made government more inefficient.
See, when Reagan cut budgets and attempted to rid the country of the Department of Education and Energy, all he did was piss off and scare bureaucrats in all agencies. This lowed productivity and outputs of these government agencies - creating a more inefficient government.
That, my firends, is ironic.
The 80s were sort of a waste weren't they? Or are we just going to blame the 70s for that too?