week 12, reagan - What was the Reagan Revolution What were the changes in US policy both at home and abroad How do you evaluate the effectiveness of

week 12, reagan - What was the Reagan Revolution What were...

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What was the Reagan Revolution? What were the changes in US policy, both at home and abroad? How do you evaluate the effectiveness of these policies? What is the lasting impact of Reagan's Presidency?The Reagan Revolution was a domestic economic agenda which took into account that politics, voting, organized labor, and employment marketplace all effect each other. Reagans plan to spend in defense and social programs pushed this country toward the right. The most important forces “deterioration of organized labor, the continued presence of divisive racial conflict, the shift from manufacturing to service industries, the slowing rates of economic growth, the threat of international competition to domestic production, the replacement of political organization with political technology, and the growing class skew of voter turnout—have severely undermined the capacity of those in the bottom half of the income distribution to form an effective political coalition. “In other words, Reagan noticed that bottom half of the economic chain was less likely to vote, than the upper half. Therefore it behooved a politician to make the economic upper half happy. This caused the rich to get richer because they knew how to use the political system in their favor. And it caused the poor to get poorer because they did not.

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