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Aim: How did Ronald Reagan deal with foreign and domestic issues? Do Now: Define Domestic Policy HW: 981 #1, study for quiz
Review for quiz Reason for US involvement in Vietnam – contain communism War Powers Act – limit the ability of a president to send in troops without approval from Congress Cuban Missile Crisis – closest we came to Nuclear War – Soviets had placed missiles in Cuba.
Effect of Watergate – President is not above the law, checks and balances work and people lost trust in government Camp David – Carter tried to bring peace to the Middle East Détente – easing of tensions between US and Soviets Great Society – LBJ – help society through social reform
Presidency of Ford – never elected by the American people Reaganomics – Supply side economics
Ronald Reagan 40 th President Term: 1980- 1988 Republican
What were Reagan’s views on the economy? Businesses and local governments were better able to solve problems on their own – rather than the federal government.
How did Reagan plan to build the economy? Supply-side economics – Reaganomics Cutting taxes on businesses and the wealthy. This would result in more spending.
Reagan’s Tax Plan 1. Lower tax rates. 2. Businesses & consumers have more $ to spend 3. Greater Production 4. More people working & paying taxes
How did Reagan’s programs affect the national debt? It increased – he reduced social welfare programs.
What were Reagan’s foreign policy goals? He believed that the U.S. should act as the world’s defender of freedom and democracy.
What is the Reagan Doctrine? The U.S. would go beyond trying to stop communism from spreading. Give aid to anti-communist rebels.
Intervention in Central America El Salvador: Reagan sent arms and military advisors to El Salvador to back anti-Communist forcers in a civil war. He also pressured the government to hold democratic elections. Nicaragua – 1979 Marxist guerillas – Sandinistas overthrew their anti-Communist dictator. Reagan approved aid to the Contras who were rebels seeking to oust the Sandinistas. Grenada – 1983- a rebellion on the Caribbean island of Grenada raised fears that it might become Communist. Reagan ordered a surprise US invasion.
What is terrorism? The use of bombings, assassinations or kidnappings by groups to get revenge or publicity for their views or cause.
How did Reagan deal with terrorism? He did not want to give into the demands of terrorists. But he did not want the terrorists to take innocent lives. Ordered the bombing of Libya in response to terrorist actions.
What was the Iran-Contra affair? 1986 – Administration secretly sold weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of US hostages in Lebanon. Use the money to aid “Contras” fighting a Communist Government in Nicaragua.
How did Reagan help to thaw the cold war? Considered the Soviet Union dangerous to the U.S. Approved “Star Wars” defense system. 1987 – US and Soviet Union reduced short range and medium range missiles. Reagan Berlin Wall