Nixon, because of the Watergate scandal (break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters and the cover-up) and other issues, resigned in August of 1974. Vice President Gerald R. Ford became President.
Ford Years (8/1974-1977) …
President Gerald R. Ford was not exactly an expert in the area of economic issues. Unfortunately, his advisors did not seem to be much better. Urging people to wear WIN buttons (win inflation now) was not exactly a serious attempt to improve the economy. Stagflation (the result of a nasty mixture of inflation, unemployment, and slow economic growth) was the economic environment during much of Ford’s term.
Upon taking office, Ford faced a worsening economy. A steep recession coupled with an inflation rate …show more content…
When Ford left office in 1977, as mentioned above, the inflation was slightly less than 6% and unemployment was approximately 7%. The economy was growing at approximately 5% and would continue to do so through most of 1978. However, the 1973-75 recession was followed up by an OPEC repeat in 1979. The economic residue left over from the 1973-75 recession, plus the 1979 OPEC repeat, reduced investments and caused the majority of Carter’s years to be tarnished by high inflation, high interest rates, oil shortages, and modest economic growth.
With inflation in 1978 rising to approximately 7%, Carter responded with several actions. One of Carter’s first moves involved the phasing out of federal regulations regarding the airline industry. This was designed to increase competition and gradually lower prices for consumers. Carter also deregulated the beer industry. As a result, by early 1979, unemployment had declined to less than 6% and real median household income had grown by approximately 5%. With investments and industrial production growing, these factors made people feel that the worse was over.
However, the oil crisis of 1979 changed that picture. Higher inflation and higher interest rates resulted. Jobs started disappearing. Economic growth first slowed then declined. Gasoline shortages developed. By the end of 1979, inflation
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The economy began to recover in 1983 and was surging in 1984. Unemployment and interest rates dropped, allowing more Americans to buy homes and cars (Moss & Thomas, 2013, p. 236). Inflation dropped to four percent, the lowest since the early 1970s. Americans were earning more money, and oil prices were dropping, making fuel more affordable (Moss & Thomas, 2013, p. 236). “Economic growth generated 18 million new jobs and tripled the price of stocks by 1990” (Moss & Thomas, 2013, p. 236).
During the late 1960’s and the early 70’s, America suffered from extreme national inflation. Prices of goods dramatically increased while money decreased in value. Meanwhile, employment rates soared because of the baby boomer population increase. The situation became so chaotic that the term “stagflation” was created to describe what was going on. Stagflation was defined as a period of time with high unemployment and inflation rates. Since there were a majority of Democrats in Congress, Ford wanted to create a grassroots movement in order to influence the government to solve the economic crisis. Ford addressed this problem during a speech in 1974 where he proclaimed, “There is only one point on which all advisers have agreed: We must whip inflation right now” (Ford). Inspired by this speech, large red buttons with the slogan “Whip Inflation Now” were handed out to the public. Many historians agree that this campaign turned into a failure. Ford tried to succeed but the buttons were easily criticized for looking childish and inflation grew throughout the rest of the 70’s. The WIN campaign may have failed but Ford did not give up on the economy. On October 15th 1974, Ford passed the Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1974 which greatly managed political spending for the first time since the 1920’s. After some time, the process to help the economy started to
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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
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