Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Reagan: Underrated, Overrated or Both Erica Boozer HIS/145 April 10, 2014 Tee Swan Ronald Reagan: Underrated, Overrated or Both Was President Reagan overrated or underrated? This is such a controversial question. Some believe he was overrated while others believe the latter. Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. In 1920, after living in a series of towns as a child, Reagan family settled in Dixon, Illinois. Here his father opened a shoe store (biography, 2014). Reagan graduated high school in 1928 and continued his adult education at Eureka College in Illinois. Here, he was an athlete and scholar. He played football, ran track, and was…show more content…
Reagan’s second go round During his second term Reagan vowed to get it right. He made tax reform his top legislative priority. A new Tax Reform Act was developed and Reagan’s administration supported the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Both of which were passed by congress in 1986 (Moss & Thomas, 2013). Besides reviving the economy, Reagan also faced the outbreak of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and homelessness. By the mid-80s, the epidemic swept the country and caused thousands of deaths, mostly amongst gay men (Moss & Thomas, 2013). The administration refused to acknowledge AIDS publicly which made research and studies on the disease a slow process (Moss & Thomas, 2013). The homeless symbolized the hopeless failures of the Reagan era. The homeless was a diverse group including the unemployed, dysfunctional veterans, drug and alcohol abusers, and racial minorities to name a few. The number of homeless people was anywhere between 200,000 and up to more than one million. Reagan conveyed sympathy for the homeless but never offered any new federal programs to alleviate their grief (Moss & Thomas, 2013). Iran Contra affairs "Iran" and "Contra" came to be spoken in the same breath was the outcome of complex covert activities, all carried out, in the name of democracy. When Iraq and Iran were at war in 1985, Iran requested to buy secret

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