Reagan had been known as a motivator and a rhetorician with tremendous personal popularity, as well as for his ability to use that popularity to promote the Republican Party. But what did he do for America? Domestically Reagan is primarily known for three main areas: 1. His tax reform, where he cut the marginal tax rates from 70% to 28%, which led to a solid growth in the 80s. 2. His less government intervention views, specifically referring to individual reward and the free market. He created a more flexible labour market by lowering minimum wages to stimulate employers to hire more people; furtherm...
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... the Americans today – work your way to the top, can-do all attitude – live The American Dream.
It is interesting to see what Reagan truly left behind for the people he loved so much. He never fulfilled his promise on eliminating the deficit and his SDI program was merely seen as science fiction, but he brought restoration and confidence to the souls of the American people. He left America feeling stronger than when he first came into power, he left a pathway for all individuals being able to pursue and succeed in their quest for the American Dream. A quote by George H. Nash (historian and interpreter of American conservatism) can support the conclusion of this essay: “Reagan reaffirmed with eloquence the continuing validity and vitality of the American Dream. In this more than in any policies or decisions lie his legacy and enduring claim to greatness”.(e)
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