Ronald Reagan

Accomplishments of President Reagan:

  • Developed “Reagonomics” (supply-side economic policies) as a means of controlling inflation and spurring economic growth through tax cuts, reduced business regulation, and reduced growth in government spending
  • Lowered the federal income tax rate significantly with the signing of the bipartisan Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981
  • Escalated the War on Drugs campaign
  • Increased spending on national defense and diplomacy and ushered in a close to the Cold War
  • Reauthorized the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for another 25 years
  • Signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which compensated victims of the Japanese-American internment during World War II
  • Fired 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who illegally went on strike in 1981
  • Appointed Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court justice
  • Reversed the US policy of detente with the USSR
  • Developed the Reagan Doctrine in support for anti-communist rebel movements in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, and Nicaragua
  • Negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to initiate a substantial reduction in armaments levels worldwide
  • Negotiated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) to substantially reduce nuclear arms