Reagan 1st Term 1981-1996

Reagan's first Term 1981-1996

However many of these policies Reagn continued, did not do as much in second term, a 'Lame Duck'

Positive aspects:

  • Tax Reform
  • America- Soviet relations
  • Popular with New Right
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  • Created on: 13-05-13 19:03
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  • Reagan
    • Domestic
      • Less Gov
        • Cuts in Federal spending
          • Didn't cut as much as wanted to (Department of Ed,)
          • Reduced staff 25% & black grants down 63%
        • Deregulation
          • Signed Bill to increase Federal insurance avaliable to savings-and-loan
            • To use in range  of investements
          • Power to state & deregulation took place
      • Congress
        • Prepared to negotiate, talk & discuss
        • 1984 Many bills over-righted & many felt Reagan fhad no path
        • Brought together congress
        • "Lame Duck"
        • Congress re-assertedpower
        • Brought together Congress
      • Republicans
        • Had no place in Congress or Senate
    • Social
      • Religious Right
        • Failed to endorse Family Protection Act
        • Bill to ban abortion & allowed ptayer in schools refused ny 2/3 of congress
        • Tax breaks for wives & mothers at home, tuition  tax credit, single- sex sport & denial of contraception unless parents notified
      • Womem
        • Division among women over abortion, sexul harrasment, wife battering & only 75% of minimum wage
        • religious defeat over ERA & women liberals
        • "women  liberals want to be girls again"
        • Stand-ins at clinics & even bombed some thousands jailed
      • Ethnic Minorities
        • Social Programmes
          • Suffered under Reagan
          • Rich & poor gap increased
          • Homelessness from 200,000 to 400,000
        • Did nothing to help
          • act worse
        • 'Illiberal on race'
          • African  Americans thought
      • Asian Americans
        • Chinese man clubbed to death
          • Murders only 3 years in jail
        • Civil liberties act 1988 (Japanese [red dress act])
      • Black Progress
        • Mayers in Chicago & Philadelphia to death
        • Black cabinet member
        • Madea MLK day
          • Opposedbut said nothing as would lose him votes
    • Foreign
      • Iran Contra
        • Profits diverted to contra rebels in Nicaragua
        • triggered uproar
        • Investigations held. highly critical of his foreign policies
        • Shipped arms to Iran in attempts to free hostages
          • Approval fell 64% - 44%
      • American- Soviet relations
        • Cold War ended just as he left presidency
        • Planned & developed secretly
        • Launched strategic Defence Initiative (SDI)
          • 'Star Wars'
        • Had previously described soviets as evil, no friends!
        • INF affair
        • Nuclear Arms reduction treaty
    • Economy
      • Tax Reforms
        • Feared by passed
        • Helped oil, gas, real estate & agricultural industries
        • Wealthy could no longer be taxed as high as 50%
      • Reagonomics
        • Improvements through trade input & output
        • Benefited business and big industries,
        • The rich got richer & the poor got poorer
      • Balancing Budget
        • HUGE dept left at end of his term
        • Failed to balance as tax cuts & defence expenditure
        • Nation debt trippled to over $2.6 trillion

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