Inflation, unemployment, the energy crisis, operation eagle claw, attacked by a rabbit...
And since when do you give a rats ass about fiscal conservatism?
Inherited inflation and an economy that I admit (and Pres Carter has admitted) wasn't handled in the best way - they tried a fiscal policy by half measures, and it failed, miserably. I'm not exactly sure how we can be blamed for the middle east crisis - and Carter did actually broker peace there at one point. And it wasn't a speedy process, but he did get the Iranian captives free - even if Reagan did try to make it seem like that was all him.
Carter cut national debt; while socially liberal, he walked the walk of fiscal conservatism much more harshly than any president since. He installed solar panels on buildings on the White House Campus, turned the heat way down, and forced everyone to bring their own lunches & water to meetings. He was willing to walk a fiscally conservative line himself - instead of just spouting off long speeches about it.
I don't think that today's GOP hates poor people, really, insomuch as they simply don't care. Their policies have created millions more people who are actually poor, and at the same time, they push policies to eliminate programs meant to assist them. They speak of bootstraps and individualism and responsibility - and blame poor people for being poor in the first place. Which, btw, isn't the nature of original conservatism.
Mostly, I'm tired of people holding up Reagan as a paragon of policy - the man spent and then taxed (two things he said he wouldn't do), and had a foreign policy that essentially created the Taliban and made Osama bin Laden. Not to mention the Everyone wants to forget that when Reagan was in office debt was in the trillions - and that Reagonimics failed everyone but the uber wealthy.
ETA: I forgot the best thing Carter did - he deregulated the brewing industry. The delicious craft brews we have today, and the legal ability to home-brew our own beers? Thank Carter for that one.