Comparison of Presidents Ford and Carter

1799 Words Jun 2nd, 2012 8 Pages
President Richard Nixon’s Watergate incident and resignation in August of 1974 left the nation feeling skeptic toward the national government. Gerald Ford, who was not elected by the public, took the oath of office and became the 38th president of the United States. President Ford, coined with a repugnant image in both the eyes of the public and the media, was defeated by 56 electoral votes in the election of 1976. Jimmy Carter managed to receive similar distasteful images by the end of his single term as well. Although there were similarities between Ford and Carter, the two presidents were different in terms of previous experience, domestic policies, and foreign affairs.
Presidents Ford and Carter had mostly different experiences before
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Carter vetoed a public works package in 1978 in retaliation. Without mutual respect within the branches of the government, compromises and agreements for the domestic issues are hard to reach. The hostility between the two branches deterred progress in the nation’s fragile economy and unemployment. Ford and Carter tackled the perplexing economic issues of the decade, an issue that economists at the time couldn’t even solve. Ford decided to tackle inflation first. His “WIN” plan (Whip Inflation Now” called for an increase in taxes and a reduction of federal spending. To promote this plan, he called for the production of pins with “WIN” on them. This plan did not go well with Congress. Congress eventually passed a bill for a $22 billion tax cut, but it increased government spending on government programs. Ford signed this bill to strive to ease tensions between Congress and himself. In 1975, Congress passed a Revenue Adjustment Act which called for a tax cut and a limit to future spending in the future. It served as a negotiation between the executive and the legislative branches. This was successful in helping inflation; however, unemployment continued to rise. Carter attempted to tackle unemployment first, unlike Ford. Although Carter’s economic decisions helped to reduce unemployment by stimulating the economy, he did not pass any legislation that specifically targeted unemployment. His personal conflict in…