Tell that to the communist leaders of the former Soviet Union, and to the grateful citizens of the many liberated eastern bloc countries. The bottoming of the ruble in 1985 was almost entirely due to Ronald Reagan's exhaustion of the Soviet coffers during the cold war and ultimately led to the dissolution of the USSR. That is a dangerously comforting message to those who prefer to take no meaningful action at all. Not very helpful, if you ask me . . .