Leading up to the year 1981, America had fallen into a period of “stagflation”, a portmanteau for ‘stagnant economy’ and ‘high inflation’. Characterized by high taxes, high unemployment, high interest rates, and low national spirit, America needed to look to something other than Keynesian economics to pull itself out of this low. During the election of 1980, Ronald Reagan’s campaign focused on a new stream of economic policy. His objective was to turn the economy into “a healthy, vigorous, growing economy [which would provide] equal opportunities for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination.” Reagan’s policy, later known as ‘Reaganomics’, entailed a four-point plan which cut taxes, reduced government spending, created anti-inflationary policy, and deregulated certain products. Though ‘Reaganomics’ was successful both at controlling “stagflation” and promoting economic growth, it has and always will be an extremely controversial topic regarding the redistribution of wealth.
Both of Reagan’s wives were actresses. Originally Reagan was married to Jane Wyman from 1940 until 1948. Reagan had a daughter, Maureen, and adopted a son named Michael with Wyman. In 1952 Reagan married Nancy Davis and had two children, Patti and Ron (Chidester and Knott). It is said that Reagan’s preoccupation with politics contributed to his divorce with Wyman, but Davis became his full fledged political partner (Garrison and Glad). After his two previously failed attempts at the presidency, Reagan was finally seen as a favorite to win the Republican primary. Reagan ended up winning the primary and eventually the entire election with George Bush as his vice president (Wilson). After multiple failed attempts Reagan finally received his victory shortly before his seventieth birthday, making him an unusually old president. As president, Reagan made many lasting impacts. One of his major contributions was the idea of what people call “Reaganomics”. This term is used as a way to describe the economic, political, and social policies of the conservative movement since the early 1980s (Hardman). Reagan was the beginning of what is the currently called the conservative movement in the United States. The main goal of his policy was cut taxes and federal spending and regulations as a way to increase consumer spending and stimulate the economy. During his presidency inflation fell from 10.4 percent to 4.2 percent while unemployment dropped from 7 percent to 4.2 percent (Hardman). Reagan’s policies helped to greatly improve the country and its economy and his ideas are still used today by the Republican party. Reagan also made impacts across the globe. Since the beginning of his presidency Reagan advocated for the removal of the wall separating East and West Berlin. Then in 1987 he gave a speech in Germany urging the leader of Germany to tear down the wall in a dramatic fashion. A little
Reagan wanted to rid Hollywood of communist influences. He was inspired by the Democratic beliefs of his parents and of President Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan joined and eventually became the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which was a union for actors. He worked to clean the union of any suspected communists, and Reagan was a FBI secret informant. He was requested by the FBI to turn in the names of any suspected communists (Ronald Reagan: Biography). Eventually, Reagan became worried innocent people may become targeted. He...
Reagan created a cabinet of “the best and the brightest” in order to shrink the government and minimize federal spending. He believed that the government didn’t fix problems but rather was the problem. He moved away from “welfare state” and government “entitlement” programs and proposed budget cuts totalling in about 35 billion, which passed.
Ronald Reagan’s legacy will forever be known and not forgotten. Many scholars agree that Reagan had been the most influential president since F.D.R. Reagan contributed to the victory of the Cold War, he improved the nation’s wealth, and revived faith in the ideology of the government. Although Reagan is now gone his legacy will carry on in our nation for a lifetime.
Reagan went to Eureka College and majored in sociology and economics. There was a recession going on but he found a job within six weeks after graduation as a baseball radio announcer. He enthralled people with his voice. For the longest time, he wanted to be an actor and in 1937, he went to Hollywood. His first film came not long after arriving in California. He met and married an actress, Jane Wyman and they had two children (Reagan, n.d.). They were Hollywood’s couple. Reagan’s film career landed him in over 50 films. In 99% of those films, he played the hero, which is something he had loved since his lifeguard days. During his career, he became part of World War II by being in training films for the Air Force.
Our 40th president was born in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois to Jack and Nelle Reagan. He was influenced by small-town values such as patriotism, hard work and Godliness. After graduating as an average student from Eureka College, he pursued a career in show business where he made over fifty movies. He and his first wife, Jane Wyman, had a daughter, Maureen and adopted a son, Michael. In 1952, he married Nancy Davis and they had two children, Patti and Ron (Dugger 2-11). Reagan was a democrat until after the of age 50 and had prolonged respect for Franklin D. Roosevelt whose “New Deal” provided jobs for his family. However, his liberal stance changed once he saw the effects of high taxes, issues of Communism in the film industry, and an overly-involved federal government (Miller Center, Freidel and Sidey). He was elected governor of California in 1966 and again in 1970 (Appleby 975). After being defeated by Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican Presidential nomination, he successfully defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980. At the age of 69, he became the oldest elected president of the United States (D’Souza 77-83). As president, he was known for hi...
He became an hollywood actor in his twenties and later on served as a republican governor of california from 1967 to 1975. Then reagan became the two-term president. He did multiple things in his presidency from cutting taxes, Did a nuclear arms agreement with the soviets and it was to help bring a quicker way to end the cold war. Reagan also increased defense spending. His public Persuasion rating was the best score out of any other one he got, the score was 3 out of 42 in 2009. His final score for this was 89.4.
When people are asked who the greatest post-World War II president was, about 20% answer with Reagan, second to John Kennedy. (Rossinow) Ronald Reagan was a phenomenal man that restored our county to its foundation and
Introduction Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1911- ),the 40th president of the United States (1981-1989), enforced the policies that reversed a general direction of movement toward greater government involvement in economic and social regulation. Reagan as the younger of two sons, was born in Tampico, Illinois and spent most of his childhood in Dixon, Illinois. After studying at Eureka College,a small Disciples of Christ college near Peoria, Illinois, he majored in economics, and became the president of the student body, a member of the football team, and captain of the swimming team. He had special drawings toward acting, but after the graduation in 1932 the only job available related to show business was as a local radio sportscaster. In 1936 he became a sportscaster for station WHO in Des Moines, Iowa. A year latter, Reagan went to Hollywood and began an acting career that spanned more than 25 years. He played in more than 50 films, including "Knute Rockne"-All American (1940), "King's Row" (1942), and "Bedtime for Bonzo" (1951). Early political career Reagan's first political activities were associated with his responsibilities as a union leader. As union president, Reagan tried to remove suspected Communists from the movie industry. When the U.S. House Committee. Began an investigation in 1947 on the influence of Communists in the film industry, Reagan took a strong anti-Communist stand testifying before the committee. Reagan emerged on the national political scene in 1964 when he made fervent television speech supports for the Republican presidential candidate, United States Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona. Although the election was lost, Reagan's speech brought in money and admiration from Republicans around the country. After the speech a group of Republicans in California persuaded Reagan to run for governor of California in 1966. Reagan appealed to traditional Republican voters. He defeated Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, Sr., Democrat, by almost a million votes. The election of 1980 Reagan spent years making political friends at party fund-raising dinners around the country. In the election of 1980 for the president, the candidates were Carter and Reagan. The contrast between the television personalities of two candidates was very important to people. Carter’s nervous manner had never been popular to people, while Reagan’s charm and happy face was a call for return to patriotism, which appealed to the public. Many voters believed that Reagan was forceful leader who could get their lives in shape and who could restore prosperity at home.
Ronald Reagan grew up with an alcoholic father, Jack Reagan (“Life Before the”). After his death, Ronald’s mother, Nelle, nurtured and encouraged him and his brother, Neil (“Life Before the”). Nelle taught her sons that alcoholism is a disease and she did not want her boys to blame their father for the bad habit (“Life Before the”). Growing up with an alcoholic father made Ronald take a different path and become the well rounded man that he was. In his high school years, Reagan excelled on both the football and basketball teams. Reagan even acted in plays, and he was also a writer for the school newspaper (“Life Before the”). Reagan was also an excellent swimmer, he worked as a lifeguard and according to newspaper reports, he rescued 77 people from drowning (“Life Before the”). He had lots of integrity and he had the commitment to do what is right regardless of the impact. Reagan was even the student body president which shows his early leadership qualities.
Ronald Reagan, like many other presidents, had his successes and his failures while in office. He led the nation with a conservative agenda that a lot of critics disagreed with. Some of his actions can be called a success or a failure depending on who is looking at it. His successes included the tax cuts of 1981, appointing the first woman to the United States Supreme Court, reduced the amount of nuclear arms by signing a deal with the Soviet Union, made progress towards the end of the Cold War, got the Soviet Union to leave Afghanistan, released the Air Traffic Controllers who went on strike, the rescue mission in Grenada, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, and the Strategic Defense Strategy Initiative of 1983. His failures included the Marines
Reagan had always been interested in politics; His opinions were shaped by his Democratic parents and The Great Depression. Reagan was part of the Democrats for Eisenhower campaigns, but he slowly started agreeing more with Republicans on certain issues. In fact, he even supported Republican Richard Nixon, despite not liking him. He delivered over two-hundred speeches for Nixon. Reagan had developed a distrust of the Kennedy’s and the Democratic party as a whole. Reagan officially changed his registration to Republican in 1962 when Nixon ran for governor of California. In 1954, Reagan’s agent got him a one million dollars, multi-year contract with General Electric, making him very wealthy for the first time in his life. The job included
He brought back conservatism and acted on what the people actually wanted. He defended capitalism and inspired the people of America with his economic plan. Reagan is what America needs now, someone who truly talks to America with strength and does not let government get out of hand. His line "It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed,” highlights a problem today that we as Americans need to stand up to.
Reagan offers an insight into the former president's life and presidency prior to 1982. It is well written, providing colorful anecdotes which keep the reader's interest. The personal stories give vivid insight into Reagan's childhood, young adult life and early political career. Although intended to support the idea that Reagan was prepared and qualified for the presidency, Reagan is comprised of over four hundred pages describing Reagan as ill-equipped for the job. Cannon's overcompensation for detachment contradicts his argument that," He (Reagan) belonged in the White House. He had every right to dream heroic dreams," (Cannon, 1981, 411). Though the book is well researched and organized its evidence overwhelms its conclusion.