After Ronald Reagan was voted into office in January of 1981, he had this vision of a new government. It was called Reaganomics. There were four points to Reagan's plan which included; reduce government spending, cut federal income tax, reduce government regulation, and to control the money supply in order to reduce spending. He also had a program he called the Reagan Revolution which was geared toward making the people of America less reliant on the government. I think Reaganomics was a good idea in theory because reducing deficits and cutting back taxes always seems like a great idea. There just always seems to be something else that goes wrong to make it all collapse.
In the book Grandin talks about President Jimmy Carter's Federal Reserve Chair, Paul Volcker. Grandin states that, "Paul didn't take his foot off the brakes until 1982 when Mexico defaulted on their international loans. " Before Reagan was elected the American economy was experiencing a decade long recession; with rising unemployment rates and a steady inflation ( stagflation ). Everyone was feeling a relieved when Reagan won the presidency campaign because somehow everyone knew that he would be different and that his policy reforms would make a change for the better. The 30 years before he was in office income for the top 1 percent of the nation had been reduced in half from 16 to 8 percent. Later on this subsided when he reduced the taxes and increased the defense budget allowing permanent budget shortfalls and draining the Great Society and New Deal programs developed by Lyndon B. Johnson and FDR.
The American economy seemed to get worse by the end of 1981 and economists throughout the country were getting more and more concerned about it. ...
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...re a lot of bad things, but in my opinion I think economists expect too much out of the US government.
In coming to conclusion, I believe that Reaganomics were a success. After his two terms in the White House, he lowered the unemployment rate to 5.4% and in 1986 further reduced the marginal tax rate from 70% to 28%. He also expressed that his worst accomplishment was that he let the national debt rise too high. Letting it go from $997 billion to $2.85 trillion; the US was known as the international creditor, now becoming the largest debtor. I think these three references have similarity because they all seem to express bad ideas that surfaced during the 1980's. Having even the slightest amount of growth, I believe Reaganomics had good intentions behind it and that Mr. Reagan did everything he could to help the US economy; even if it resulted in more debt.
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One of the most important aspects of Reagan’s time in office was his domestic policy. He knew to have a successful presidency and create a strong, the people of the United States needed to be cared for. His first goal was to turn the economy around from the stagflation it encounter in the Carter era. Stagflation is very similar to inflation. The main difference is that inflation is the result of a quick economic growth while causes the value of money to decrease with now economic growth. To accomplish the turn around, Reagan introduce his economic policy which became known as Reaganomics. Reaganomics was based in supply side economics. This economic theory says that lowering taxes through tax cuts increases revenue by allowing more money
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This opened Reagan’s eyes to what could be possible in politics. He became the governor of California in the year 1966; with this his political career sky rocketed. In 1968 Reagan announced that he would be running for President. Reagan’s main goals were to lower taxes, limit the government, and his plans for Reaganomics. Reaganomics was a “trickle down” type of economic plan which was to lower the taxes on the rich in turn this would cause more money to trickle down to the rest of the American people. Many agree that this plan helped in the long run many also think this was just hurting the less fortunate and keeping the rich richer and happier. Reagan influenced the conservative politicians in many ways, but Reaganomics helped create a blueprint for what could be done. When people think of the Republican party many see the image of Ronald Reagan it’s as though he was what the party
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Johnson led America in a time of many social movements, and the power of the Civil Rights Movement only added to the importance of passing the Civil Rights Act as soon as possible. Now that the inequality and injustice of minorities was brought to attention, Johnson had the power and motivation to put the Great Society reforms into action, which Democrats had been working towards since President Roosevelt and his New Deal programs. Reagan, however, was president during a time of greed. Reagan came into office during a poor time for the economy, and the upper and middle class Americans were more upset about their taxes being spent on poor Americans through welfare programs. There was also concern for people taking advantage of these programs. Reagan reflected these views and used his views on deregulation of businesses and tax cuts to benefit his supporters in the wealthy portion of Americans. With the passing of several laws benefitting minorities in America, social movements had faded from public view while America’s unrest had subsided, and Reagan didn’t need to have a strong support of civil rights. When the economy eventually rebounded due to Reagan’s economic policies, the success of wealthy businessmen brought about even more greed as the small portion of upper class Americans showed enjoyed luxuries and reaped the benefits of less social