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The Political Climate of the 1980s
Charles Martin, Lynn Rogers, Darla Siebert
University of Phoenix
Conservative and Economic Policies
President Ronald Reagan was a man of with conservative morals and policies. As stated in Travel and History (n.d.), “President Reagan left his legacy, the Reagan Revolution (Reaganomics) and put policies where the government was the problem. His economic policies were intended to revive the American people and reduce the need of the American people to rely on the government.” One of the policies that the Reagan administration put into play was the Affirmative Action or reverse discrimination. The Affirmative Action was put in place to give equality no matter race or gender. Other policies Reagan put into action were to assist economic growth, curb inflation, and strengthen military power. President Reagan appointed an advisor over federal lands for private development and these lands could be used for lumber, coal or other natural means needed for the private sector of the United States. Reagan also had the Economic Recovery Tax Act, which provided a 25 percent tax reduction for all taxpayers (Davidson, J, 2002, p. 946-949). Reagan’s policies pushed the limit of political conservatism and the American public’s opinion of Republican conservatism and these policies possessed a leadership style that wanted inspiration over management.
Cold War Politics in the 1980s
Reagan’s conservative policies brought the international nightmare of the Cold War to an end and restored a sense of honor and trust to the White House. The Cold War policies of the Reagan administrative were felt to the world as the President Reagan call for the Berlin wall to come down (Travel and History, n.d.). “Reagan showed the Soviet Union as the “evil empire” and pushed for the deployment of additional missiles in European NATO locations” (The Republican Resurgence, p. 1-2). Reagan’s...