It only costs you $39.95 per year for the privilege.
Do you feel patriotic about President Ronald Reagan, our 40th President of the United States? If you do, you now have the opportunity to get an email addressed associated with his name at Reagan.com. No, this is not the official site of RonaldReagan.com, but rather that of his son Michael. Just think of the prestige of having your email hosted at Reagan.com and doing your patriotic duty to recognize his prominence in history and support the Republican party. A decent sales pitch, but we are not exactly in favor of this kind of thing.
Seems that Michael Reagan has decided to make some money off of his fathers name through the Reagan.com email services for $39.95 per year. That seems to be extremely high given all of the free addresses which are available from the likes of Google and Yahoo. Profits from the email service are supposed to be channeled to conservative causes.
This is supposed to counteract the supporters of liberal causes which are reportedly supported by the large email providers. Now, that may not be enough for some to jump on the band wagon and subscribe to Reagan.com. While there are very few mail services where you have to pay for services any more, there are still some out there. For this particular service, they are trying to use fear as a way to get you to sign up. On the home page, they talk about other email providers scanning your Inbox and collecting information from your email and about you. That is probably the case for just about all of them, though this one promises to not do that.
In the end, this is about making money for a business. And this business is using the name of a former President to do that. Even though it is family, is this the right thing to do? You can get a lot of debate over that question with people on either side strongly sticking up for their opinion. For Michael Reagan, this will provide him profit based on his family name.
The scary part of this is there are others doing a similar thing, such as ReaganEmail.com. You don’t see a lot of this kind of thing with other Presidents, though it does exist. We can hope that this is an isolated instance for monopolizing on a former Presidents name for someone to make money from.
What do you think?