Ronald Reagan Accomplishments In Presidency
Ronald Reagan was the first US president after Dwight D. Eisenhower to get re-elected and finish two complete terms in office. He was the president from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989.
Ronald Reagan's biggest accomplishment in presidency was to improve the self confidence that America had by strengthening the nation's economy. He did this by reducing inflation, increasing employment and cutting taxes to nearly 25 percent. He was also instrumental in appointing the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor. Besides this, be started a war against the drugs,
The economic policies that Reagan started in 1981 are known as Reaganomics. He endeavored to encourage entrepreneurship and limit the growth of social spending. In addition he reduced not just inflation but also regulations. By the mid-1980s, the economy had recovered substantially and was growing. This helped Reagan to get re-elected in a landslide victory.
The US administration had always been anti-communist. Reagan increasing defense spending and built up the military. He also sent US troops to Grenada to prevent the communist takeover. This was the first time after Vietnam that US troops were sent abroad. The Reagan administration also gave financial aid to paramilitary forces who were looking to overthrow socialist governments in other countries, especially in Central America and Afghanistan. He encouraged new defense technology so that the US could confront the Soviet Union and its allies. He forged a strong relationship with Britain, and met Mikhail Gorbachev four times with the view of reducing the nuclear weapons in both countries.
Reagan's presidency is often known as Reagan Revolution as it caused political re-alignment not just within the US, but also abroad. Many attribute the fall of the Iron Curtain to Ronald Reagan which shuttled in the end of the Cold War. This made the US the only super power in the world.
Although Ronald Reagan was plagued by the Iran-Contra affair in the second term of his presidency, it did nothing to reduce his approval ratings among the people. When he left office after finishing his term, his approval rating stood at 64 percent.
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