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RONALD REAGAN PRO- Ronald Reagan and the revival of Conservatism did indeed offer Americans a land of renewed promise rather than a lost nation. Ronald Reagan was idolized throughout America, at a time when Americans were faced with unease Ronald Reagan was able to provide stability through his natural born leadership qualities and his new reform. America needed Ronald Reagan as he was a real life representation of living the 'American Dream'. The Man Himself:
Reagan displayed characteristics of great leadership far before his run in presidency.

Throughout his teen years he was a linebacker on his college football team, editor for the year book, served on the Student Senate board, president of homecoming, organized in the making of a swim team at his school, and further served as president of his graduating class.

Later in life he served in the military creating films for the army. Reagan stood as the poster boy of American’s as he personified exactly what it meant to be a leader in America and a real life hero. Reagan Continued:
His work in the entertainment industry such as the radio, and film only further aided in his quest at presidency as it allowed him to develop into an impressive and savvy public speaker. Early on in the public eye Reagan was able to develop a stand against communism, which set the framework for his political career. Once Reagan became more involved in politics he was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild where he exposed communists in Hollywood. Reagan was a captivating individual who took over the hearts of many Americans. Money, Money, Money, Money:

Leading up to the Reagan presidency, America was very unsettled.
The three most recent presidents spend most of their time in office dealing with controversy. Nixon being impeached, Ford never being elected and receiving criticism for pardoning Nixon, and Jimmy Carter whose single term presidency was largely impacted by a poor economy and a failure to properly handle the Iran hostage crisis.
At the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, 8 million Americans were unemployed, inflation was above 10% and interest rates were above 20% Reagan's Fast Tax Facts:
Reagan instilled new economic measures, changing the country’s economic model from the Keynsian model and attempting to put an emphasis on small government.
Reagan reduced government spending, federal income tax and capital gains tax. Reagan not only cut tax rates but the Tax Reform Act of 1986 simplified the income-tax code by taking away many tax shelters, reducing the number of deductions and tax brackets.
In 1980, 4000 taxpayers claimed a 1 million dollar income, in 1987 during Reagan’s reign, 35,000 taxpayers claimed a 1 million dollar income. 15 million new jobs were created during his Presidency.
Regan’s mix of across-the-board tax cuts, deregulation, and domestic spending restraint helped push an economic boom that lasted around two decades. While the Berlin Wall was not dismantled during his presidency, the events taken in his presidency are directly responsible.
Through negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev, US and the Soviet Union ultimately came to a compromise on the possession and stationing of their weapons,. This more or less marked the end of the cold war.
At the end of his presidency, his job approval rating was at 70% (very high for a president) and a poll taken showed that the majority of Americans believed that the Soviet Union was nothing more than a minor threat. The Reagan Military:
He increased defense spending by more than 40%, increased troop levels, and even got much-needed space parts into the pipeline. Those efforts ensured that America remained a military superpower.
Before Reagan’s presidency, the majority of Americans (falsely) believed that the US had less nuclear armaments than the Soviet Union. Dealing with Patco (firing all of the workers who didn’t show up to work while on strike – 36% showed up) and publically challenging terrorist attacks from Libya displayed that from the beginning of his presidency, Reagan was a strong leader who could not be easily swayed by threats. He increased defense spending by more than 40%, increased troop levels, and even got much-needed space parts into the pipeline. Those efforts ensured that America remained a military superpower.
Before Reagan’s presidency, the majority of Americans (falsely) believed that the US had less nuclear armaments than the Soviet Union. Dealing with Patco (firing all of the workers who didn’t show up to work while on strike – 36% showed up) and publically challenging terrorist attacks from Libya displayed that from the beginning of his presidency, Reagan was a strong leader who could not be easily swayed by threats. He increased defense spending by more than 40%, increased troop levels, and even got much-needed space parts into the pipeline. Those efforts ensured that America remained a military superpower. Before Reagan’s presidency, the majority of Americans (falsely) believed that the US had less nuclear armaments than the Soviet Union. Dealing with Patco (firing all of the workers who didn’t show up to work while on strike – 36% showed up) and publically challenging terrorist attacks from Libya displayed that from the beginning of his presidency, Reagan was a strong leader who could not be easily swayed by threats. Initially, in the mindset of the American people, the main deterrent of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union was Mutually Assured Destruction. Americans had to rely on the Soviet’s possessing the knowledge that a nuclear strike would lead to Armageddon as the main thing stopping them. Reagan proposed a scenario where Americans can have something more powerful to rely on, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). The SDI was a space based anti-missile program based off of futuristic technology, akin to star wars. While there is strong evidence to suggest that they would not have been able to build this, the concept of the SDI not only instilled confidence in Americans that they could properly defend themselves, but also proved to be a bargaining chip in American-Soviet discussions. The Reagan doctrine was introduced to eliminate communism, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, it helped give support against guerilla and resistance movements the doctrine helped the nation the most in the cold war period against the Soviet Union, and against their communist government.
He got the American hostages released in Iran. Regan Cared For His People:
There was a very anti-army and ant-government/war vibe in the United States before Reagan’s presidency, largely in part due to the failure in Vietnam. The initiative taken in Grenada, the mission to remove Cuba and its potential military objectives from Grenada, and rescue American medical students there, was a success and restored a lot of lost confidence in the nation from the American people. To "finally break the poverty trap," as Reagan stated in his in his 1987 State of the Union Address he signed the Family Support Act on Oct. 12, 1988. The Act required states to establish and operate a Job Opportunities and Basic Skills program (JOBS) to assure needy families with children obtain the training and employment necessary to avoid long-term welfare. Reagan also helped save Social Security by passing the Social Security Reform Act of 1983. It provided extra revenue dedicated to securing the solvent future of Social Security. On Apr. 7, 1986, Reagan signed the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) into law. As of Sep. 30, 2010, COBRA is still in effect and gives some workers who lose their health benefits, for example in situations such as job loss or reduction in hours worked, the right to choose to continue health benefits provided by their employer's group health plan. In 1984 Reagan won 97.6% of the electoral vote and 49 states.
Reagan’s public approval rating was 70% upon his retirement in 1989, highest of all the presidents, except Franklin Roosevelt in 1945. America Loved Reagan:
Lived through/participated in the defining moments of a multitude of different eras in American history, he experienced the harshness of the Great Depression, the war torn 1940s, the baby boomer 1950s period, etc. He could relate to many significant moments in American history.
During the 1970s, he had a political daily address listened to by millions of Americans – this conveys that he was a good representation of American culture in the political world due to his constant relevancy in the American media, whether it be due to his performances during his early life, or his political agenda during his later years (but before his presidency). He was a relatively famous movie actor during the 1940s and television actor during the 1950s. Through these jobs, he essentially was the literal face of American culture, appearing in multiple major films (and a very popular television program, G.E. Theatre), making his image very recognizable to the American public.
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