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Reagan, Ronald W. An American Life.New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.This primary source is President Ronald Reagan’s autobiography. In it he talks about his life experiences and how those experiences shaped his political views. He expresses how reducing federal income tax would stimulate the economy. Reagan recalls when he studied economics at Eureka College but mentions that his experience with the tax laws in Hollywood is where he began to see issues with high federal income tax. He believed that the more government took in taxes, the less people would be willing to work.
Washington Post, “Did Ronald Reagan’s Tax Cut Supercharge the Economy?” Accessed April 5, 2020. washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/11/08/did-ronald-reagans-1981-tax-cut-supercharge-the-economy/.This secondary source is a newspaper article written by Nicole Lewis on November 8, 2017. Lewis graduated from the University of Michigan and went to grad school at CUNY for journalism. She received the 2016 Education Writers Association national award for education writing. Lewis argues that Democrat accusation that the Tax Reform of 1981 only benefit the richwas unfounded. Democrat Tip O’neill called them royalty tax cuts. Her view of what really happened is an increase in jobs, income, and a surge in the economy. William D. Andrews, “Symposium: The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981,” Cornell Law Review 68, no. 4 (April 1983): scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4309&context=clr.This primary source is a journal article written by William D. Andrews and published in April of 1983. Andrews was the Eli Goldston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and is regarded asone of the best tax scholars of his generation. In this nine-page article Andrews discusses the problems that a tax cut can create. He believes that cutting taxes are worth the issues it brings because the Economic Tax Act of 1981 cut taxes without disrupting the base taxes that were needed to run the government. YouTube, “President Reagan’s Interview with Tom Brokaw on January 17, 1989.” Accessed April 6, 2020. youtube.com/watch?v=Py2U80qxvHw.This primary source is a video interview of President Ronald Reagan by Tom Brokaw in January of 1989. In this interview, Reagan talks about his upbringing and his time at Eureka College where he studied economics. Reagan was in college at the time of the Great Depression and remembers doing research on economist that believed the economy was better than ever just before the Depression. The memories Reagan fell back on inspired him to make a difference in the economy with tax reform.
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