Key Events In American History: The Reagan Revolution

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The term “Reagan Revolution” is used to describe the era during Ronald Reagans two terms in office as President. Reagan ran on the platform of reduced government involvement. During his first inaugural address in 1981, Reagan stated “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” In years previous, if America had a problem, the government was there to step in and help. This is not the type of government that Regan wanted, he wanted the government to be more hands off. The Reagan revolution can be defined by all of the changes that were occurring economically, socially and politically. Firstly the Reagan revolution had a significant impact on economics. During the time leading up to the Reagan…show more content…
Some of the things that he set out to do from the beginning of his term turned out to be a success but some of them were also failures. Some successes of Ronald Reagan’s presidency include his objective to restore the U.S armed forces. Reagan had great success in his foreign and defense policies. He was also able to put an end to inflation with supply-side economics. And he was able to lower income taxes for all, especially for those in the higher bracket. One of the greatest successes of Ronald Reagan was through his judicial appointments. Reagan named 368 district and federal appeals court judges during his terms in office. One of the biggest failures of the Reagan Revolution was the fact that the government was not reduced at all. The biggest thing that Reagan wanted to do was to reduce government involvement because he said that the government is not the solution, it is the problem. Reagan allowed the government to be very heavily involved. All of the successes listed above that Reagan had were because of government involvement. From a graph of the Federal Outlays per Capita 1945-2016, we can see that the government spending under Reagan continued to rise at a similar rate that it was under both Ford and
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