Dr. Nathan Blank
September 20, 2014
Ronald Reagan 1980 Presidential Election
Ronald Reagan was a jack of all trades. President Reagan wanted the best for the American people. He didn’t want Americans to be so reliant on the government. This started the innovative program called the Reagan Revolution.
While in college Ronald Reagan became interested in acting, but instead decided to become a radio sports announcer. He eventually moved to Chicago where he became the announcer for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Reagan was in California with the Cubs for spring training and was screened by Warner Brothers and won a contract. He then appeared in 53 films. ...view middle of the document...
A secret service agent was also seriously injured. Afterwards the gunman was taken to a mental hospital where he claimed he did it to impress Jodie Foster (American History). Because of this incident it caused his popularity to soar (White House).
During his presidential election in 1980, Reagan believed the economy was suffering because of higher taxes and unnecessary laws (American History). Taxes were one of his main focuses. Reagan even studied economics in college and applied this knowledge into helping our country.
In August of 1981, Regan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 (History). It brought reductions in individual income tax rates, the expensing of depreciable property, incentives for small businesses, and incentives for savings (Reagan Foundation).
Another one of his focuses was to cut back on how much the government did for the people. He wanted more freedom for the people. Reagan worked to undo many welfare and social service programs, and he cut funding for such programs as the Job Corps and food stamps (Challenge of Democracy, pg 329). Reagan also wanted to reduce how much paperwork the government required for applying for certain things, such as a passport, or social security card. He wanted to lessen the redundancy of the paperwork, and get down to the necessities of what was needed. Upon doing this he was able to help people get what they needed in a shorter amount of time. It only took 10 days to get either a passport or social security card when Reagan was done.
President Ronald Reagan believed he worked for the people, not the other way around, and that they hired him to do a job by electing him president. He wanted the government to be less involved (Reagan Foundation). “Government was not the solution to the problem. Government was the problem” (American History).
I myself would have voted for Ronald Reagan. I feel like he did more good for this country than people first thought he would. Reagan knew what needed to be done for this country, he was someone you could trust. He made you feel like he could be your friend. His belief that the government needed to back off is what really got me. He made this country a better place to live in because he actually cared about the people, not the title.
I also would have voted for Reagan because he showed equality. Ronald Reagan was the first president to nominate a woman on to the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor. This showed that he wasn’t prejudice to anyone. He felt that if you could do your job then you deserved to do it, not based on how you looked, or who you were. He was an advocate of civil rights and helped civil rights organizations receive almost 20% more in funding during his presidency.
Ronald Reagan was elected president because he offered solutions that didn’t seem radical. He was also elected president because Jimmy Carter didn’t deserve to be president again after his performance with his first 4 years. History can show that Carter was...