The Legacy Of The Philippines

1359 WordsDec 8, 20156 Pages
The Philippines is one of many third world countries, and my family had fled this poverty ridden nation to start anew in the United States. My family, on my mother’s side, began to emigrate here to the U.S. from the Philippines in the 1980s, during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. My aunt and uncle immigrated in the year 1980 on for my grandfather’s funeral, while my grandmother was petitioned and came in 1985, but my mother did not come to the U.S. until the year 1992. The Philippine government is extremely corrupt, and been overrun and ruled by the dictatorship of the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos for 15 years. My family had left the Philippines in hopes of improving their livelihood and experiences the opportunities that America could offer, such as better education, work, and wages. However, my family had entered the U.S. nearly penniless and had to strive earnestly to achieve a proper living. Unfortunately, they had also entered the U.S. during Ronald Reagan’s presidency and his economic policies of “Reaganomics” which was meant to reinvigorate the American economy. Disastrously, “Reaganomics” only exacerbated the American economy and was a total failure. “Reaganomics” gave more money and power to the already wealthy through supply-side economics, trickle-down economics, and deregulation while completely ignoring the poor such as my own family who suffered great hardships. Ronald Reagan is one of the oldest presidents when he entered the presidency at age 69 and
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