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Unformatted text preview: Conservatism, Complex Problems, and the New Millennium History 17B Mr. Bsharah Deregulating the EconomySavings and Loan Crisis ($500 Billion) SupplySide, Voodoo, TrickleDown Economics Conservative Views on Social Issues: 1. Against ERA, gun control, abortion rights, affirmative action, bussing to achieve integration 2. For a narrower view of constitutional rights as defined by the Court and death penalty Economic Recovery in 1983: Tight Money Policies of Volcker, oil glut and falling prices, huge federal budget deficits Scandals in EPA, CIA, Dept of Defense, Dept of Labor Dept of Justic, H.U.D Supreme Court Appointees: Rehnquist, Scalia, O'Connor Reagan's Economic and Social Policies Public Debt During the Reagan Years Reagan's Foreign Policy Deteriorating Relations with Soviets: Poland and SDI Invasion of Afghanistan (Olympics) Gorbachev: Glasnost and Perestroika Reagan Doctrine: Restatement of Containment Impact see in Latin America policy: Grenada, El Salvador, Nicaragua (IranContra Scandal) Development of Space Shuttle Program No Answers for Terrorism Lebanon and American Marine Barracks Qaddafi's "Line of Death" and Disco Bombings in Europe Factors that contributed to collapse of Soviet Union: 1. The long stalemated war in Afghanistan 2. Failure to address longterm economic decline in Soviet republics and Eastern Europe 3. Restiveness with heavyhanded police of communist police states was growing 4. Emergence of Gorbachev Events in Latin America Reagan and the Public's Double Vision Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill wrote that the public's double vision on Reagan was brought home to him by a construction worker who had fallen off a roof and suffered a spinal cord injury that meant he would never walk again. He was angry because the Administration wanted to tax worker's compensation benefits and said to Tip "I've voted for you all my life but you are too hard on the President." Tip said who do you think is trying to cut your benefits?" The worker replied "Not the President! It's the people The First Bush Presidency The Economy and Unemployment Taxes Problems in the Middle East Desert Storm Growing Threat of Terrorism Invasion of Panama Environmental Issues: Ozone Depletion, Global Warming, Pollution The End of the Cold War and Worldwide Movement Toward Democracy Berlin Wall Crumbles Eastern Europe rejects communism South Africa Frees Mandela Gorbachev and Yeltsin begin restructuring Challenges In China Tiananmen Square Clinton Administration Healthcare Aids Epidemic Drug Epidemic Unemployment Increasing Poverty and Homelessness Welfare Reform shifted welfare benefits away from those without jobs to lowwage workers and responsibility for allocating funds to states Budget Reduction, Increased Taxes on Wealthiest, and major expansion of tax credits to lowincome working people Crisis in Balkans: Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia The Middle East Continues to Flareup Russia and Boris Yeltsin The Global Economy: NAFTA, GATT, and WTO Gingrich's Contract with America Scandals: Jones, Lewinsky, and Impeachment The Second Bush Administration: George W. Bush Declining popularity and 2008 election: Obama v McCain Controversial Election of 2000 Bush v. Gore decision Return to Reagan Neoconservatism Sympathetic to complaints and demands of capitalists Reaffirm western democratic, anticommunist values and commitments Committed to battle to win back the culture from radical ideas that had polluted it Argued for escalation of Cold War and Vietnam was an appropriate American commitment Declining economy and "911" Election of 2004 Bush v. Kerry Tax Cuts/Amendment on Gay Marriage/Stem Cell/Katrina/C.I.A. and N.S.A. Scandals/Declining popularity of war Digital Revolution and Human Genome Project Failure of Financial Institutions and the Great Recession Nationalized Healthcare and Continued War ...
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