Presidency of Ronald Reagan

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Presidency of Ronald Reagan
Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981.jpg
40th President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Vice PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJimmy Carter
Succeeded byGeorge H. W. Bush
Personal details
BornFebruary 6, 1911
Tampico, Illinois, United States
DiedJune 5, 2004(2004-06-05) (aged 93)
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)(1) Jane Wyman (married 1940, divorced 1948)
(2) Nancy Davis Reagan
(married 1952)
Alma materEureka College
OccupationActor
ReligionPresbyterian
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Presidency of Ronald Reagan
Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981.jpg
40th President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Vice PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJimmy Carter
Succeeded byGeorge H. W. Bush
Personal details
BornFebruary 6, 1911
Tampico, Illinois, United States
DiedJune 5, 2004(2004-06-05) (aged 93)
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)(1) Jane Wyman (married 1940, divorced 1948)
(2) Nancy Davis Reagan
(married 1952)
Alma materEureka College
OccupationActor
ReligionPresbyterian
Signature

The United States presidency of Ronald Reagan, also known as the Reagan administration, was a Republican administration headed by Ronald Reagan from January 20, 1981, to January 20, 1989.

Domestically, the administration introduced several large tax cuts, bringing marginal tax rates to their lowest levels since World War II. The economic policies enacted in 1981, which had been derisively termed "Voodoo Economics" by his then primary campaign opponent, and ultimate running-mate and Vice President, George H.W. Bush, were an example of supply-side economics, first championed by the John F. Kennedy administration. The economy grew at a rapid pace in the 1980s, a period known for its conspicuous displays of wealth. The national debt, however, grew significantly with dramatic increases in military spending intended to "outspend" the Soviet Union and hasten its demise.

Regarding foreign policy, Reagan abandoned détente and greatly expanded the United States Armed Forces and United States intelligence and other capabilities, especially technologically, in a scope and manner the Soviet Union, beleaguered in Afghanistan and stagnating economically, could not match; while both very publicly engaging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and rhetorically challenging the very legitimacy of the Soviet Union, famously terming it an "Evil Empire," and declaring that it would "fall on the ash heap of history." Reagan also undertook the invasion of Grenada, the first major overseas action by U.S. troops since the end of the Vietnam War. The "Reagan Doctrine" controversially granted aid to paramilitary forces seeking to overthrow communist or leftist governments, particularly in war-torn Central America and Afghanistan. Reagan also promoted new technologies such as missile defense systems in order to confront the Soviets and their allies. In diplomacy, Reagan forged a strong alliance with UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Reagan's presidency has been termed the "Reagan Revolution," in recognition of the political realignment both within and beyond the U.S. in favor of his brand of conservatism. The Reagan administration worked toward the collapse of the Soviet Union, something unthinkable in political circles only a decade before; and though not able to achieve this aim during his term, the Cold War ended in the next term of office, held by his Vice President, with the peaceful and total collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, giving the United States a "peace dividend," which together with many technological advancements of the 1980s would come to largely define politics in the next decade. The damaging Iran-Contra affair engulfed several Reagan aides during his second term. His administration was regularly criticized for lending support to right-wing military movements that committed human rights violations.[1]

Reagan was the first President since Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) to have served two full terms as President.

Overview[edit]

Out-going President Jimmy Carter congratulates Ronald Reagan, the new president, at the Capitol during Inauguration Day.

Reagan was an advocate of free markets and laissez-faire economics, and upon taking office, believed that the American economy was hampered by excessive economic controls and social programs. Taking office during a period of stagflation,[citation needed] Reagan said in his first inauguration speech, which he himself authored:[2]

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

His first act as president was to issue an executive order ending certain price controls on domestic oil, which had contributed to the 1973 Oil Crisis and the 1979 Energy Crisis.[3][4] The price of fuel dropped after the end of the OPEC oil embargo[4]

Reagan focused his first months in office on two goals, tax cuts and military spending[5] Reagan's economic policies dubbed "Voodoo Economics", plunged the country into a recession. The degree of income inequality in America also rose substantially due to these policies.[6]

Despite Reagan's stated desire to cut spending, federal spending grew during his administration.

One of Reagan's most controversial early moves was to fire most of the nation's air traffic controllers who took part in a strike. Reagan also attempted to reduce Social Security by cutting disability and survivor benefits, and by increasing the Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA). He also took tougher positions against crime, and also declared a renewed war on drugs. He was also criticized for being slow to respond to the AIDS epidemic.

In foreign affairs, Reagan initially rejected détente and directly confronted the Soviet Union through a policy of "peace through strength", including increased military spending, more confrontational foreign policies against the USSR and, in what came to be known as the Reagan Doctrine, support for anti-communist rebel movements in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Nicaragua and elsewhere.[7] Reagan later negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, and together they succeeded in bringing about a substantial reduction in armaments levels worldwide.[8]

Reagan authorized military action in Lebanon, Grenada, and Libya during his terms in office. It was later discovered that the administration also engaged in covert arms sales to Iran in order to fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua that were fighting to overthrow their socialist government. The resulting Iran-Contra Affair became a scandal to which Reagan professed ignorance. A significant number of officials in the Reagan Administration were either convicted or forced to resign as a result of the scandal.

Legislation and programs[edit]

Major legislation signed[edit]

Major legislation vetoed[edit]

Major legislation not signed[edit]

Proposals not passed by Congress[edit]

Major treaties[edit]

Administration and Cabinet[edit]

The Reagan Cabinet
OfficeNameTerm
PresidentRonald Reagan1981–1989
Vice PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush1981–1989
Secretary of StateAlexander Haig1981–1982
George P. Shultz1982–1989
Secretary of TreasuryDonald Regan1981–1985
James Baker1985–1988
Nicholas F. Brady1988–1989
Secretary of DefenseCaspar Weinberger1981–1987
Frank C. Carlucci1987–1989
Attorney GeneralWilliam F. Smith1981–1985
Edwin A. Meese III1985–1988
Richard Thornburgh1988–1989
Secretary of the InteriorJames G. Watt1981–1983
William P. Clark, Jr.1983–1985
Donald P. Hodel1985–1989
Secretary of AgricultureJohn Rusling Block1981–1986
Richard E. Lyng1986–1989
Secretary of CommerceHoward M. Baldrige, Jr.1981–1987
C. William Verity, Jr.1987–1989
Secretary of LaborRaymond J. Donovan1981–1985
William E. Brock1985–1987
Ann Dore McLaughlin1987–1989
Secretary of Health and
Human Services
Richard S. Schweiker1981–1983
Margaret Heckler1983–1985
Otis R. Bowen1985–1989
Secretary of EducationTerrel Bell1981–1984
William J. Bennett1985–1988
Lauro Cavazos1988–1989
Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development
Samuel R. Pierce, Jr.1981–1989
Secretary of TransportationDrew Lewis1981–1983
Elizabeth Hanford Dole1983–1987
James H. Burnley IV1987–1989
Secretary of EnergyJames B. Edwards1981–1982
Donald Paul Hodel1982–1985
John S. Herrington1985–1989
Chief of StaffJames Baker1981–1985
Donald Regan1985–1987
Howard Baker1987–1988
Kenneth Duberstein1988–1989
Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency
Anne M. Burford1981–1983
William D. Ruckelshaus1983–1985
Lee M. Thomas1985–1989
Director of the Office of
Management and Budget
David A. Stockman1981–1985
James C. Miller III1985–1988
Joseph R. Wright, Jr.1988–1989
United States Trade RepresentativeWilliam E. Brock III1981–1985
Clayton K. Yeutter1985–1989
The Cabinet of President Reagan in 1984

Judicial appointments[edit]

Supreme Court nominees[edit]

Reagan elevated William Rehnquist to the office of Chief Justice.

Reagan nominated the following jurists to the Supreme Court of the United States:

Other judicial appointments[edit]

Reagan appointed three Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States and elevated another to Chief Justice, 83 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, and 290 judges to the United States district courts. Reagan's total of 376 appointments is the most by any President.

Failed nominations for the federal judiciary[edit]

During President Ronald Reagan's presidency, he nominated at least twelve people for various federal appellate judgeship who were not confirmed.

Domestic policy[edit]

Official White House portrait of Ronald Reagan.

Foreign policy[edit]

Reagan's foreign policy was characterized by a staunchly anti-communist stance. He ended the detente with the Soviet Union that had characterized relations between the two nations since the 1970s. He forged a close bond with United Kingdom Premier Margaret Thatcher, who shared many of his views on communism. He also offered financial and military support to forces around the world that were fighting leftist groups of any nature. These included the governments of Argentina, El Salvador and Guatemala, the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. This policy has been lauded by the right;[10] however, commentators on the left have strongly condemned Reagan for ignoring human rights concerns in his zeal to combat communism.[11]

Assassination attempt[edit]

On March 30, 1981, only 69 days into the new administration, Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy were struck by gunfire from would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr. outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. Although "close to death" at the hospital,[12] Reagan recovered and was released from the hospital on April 11, becoming the first serving U.S. President to survive being wounded in an assassination attempt.[13] The attempt had great influence on Reagan's popularity; polls indicated his approval rating to be around 73%.[14] Reagan believed that God had spared his life so that he might go on to fulfill a greater purpose.[15]

Political philosophy[edit]

During his Presidency, Ronald Reagan pursued policies that reflected his optimism in individual freedom, expanded the American economy, and contributed to the end of the Cold War.[16] The "Reagan Revolution", as it came to be known, aimed to reinvigorate American morale, and reduce the people's reliance upon government.[16] As President, Reagan kept a series of leather bound diaries, in which he talked about daily occurrences of his presidency, commented on current issues around the world (expressing his point of view on most of them), and frequently mentioned his wife, Nancy. The diaries were published into the bestselling 2007 book, The Reagan Diaries.[17]

As a politician and as President, Ronald Reagan portrayed himself as being a conservative, anti-communist, in favor of tax cuts, in favor of smaller government in the economic sphere while actively interventionist in the social and foreign policy spheres, and in favor of removing regulations on corporations. Ronald Reagan is credited with increasing spending on national defense and diplomacy which contributed to the end of the Cold War, deploying U.S. Pershing II missiles in West Germany in response to the Soviet stationing of SS-20 missiles near Europe, negotiating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) to substantially reduce nuclear arms and initiating negotiations with the Soviet Union for the treaty that would later be known as START I, proposing the Strategic Defense Initiative, a controversial plan to develop a missile defense system, re-appointing monetarists Paul Volcker and (later) Alan Greenspan to be chairmen of the Federal Reserve, ending the high inflation that damaged the economy under his predecessors Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, lowering tax rates significantly (under Reagan, the top personal tax bracket dropped from 70% to 28% in 7 years [1]) and leading a major reform of the tax system, providing arms and other support to anti-communist groups such as the Contras and the mujahideen, selling arms to foreign allies such as Taiwan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq (see Iran–Iraq War), greatly escalating the "war on drugs" with his policies and Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign, ordering the April 14, 1986 bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi in retaliation for an April 5 bombing of a West Berlin nightclub frequented by U.S. servicemen, in which the Libyan government was deemed complicit, and signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which compensated victims of the Japanese American Internment during World War II. Terrorism was also a major part of the Reagan Administration's politics, as his administration grouped the responses to terrorism into five broad categories. “(1) Military measures (i.e., ‘swift and effective retribution’); (2) Non-military efforts (such as implementing economic, legal, and/or political sanctions against an offending state); (3) Provide logistical support to a government where an attack took place (such as increased financial aid for that state’s military, or technical support); (4) Acquiesce to terrorist demands; and (5) No Response against the responsible party and/or only increase defensive measures (e.g., installing shatter-proof windows at an embassy, erecting concrete impediments to make it harder for suicide bombers to get close to their target, etc.).”[18]

Controversy[edit]

The presidency of Ronald Reagan in the United States was marked by multiple scandals, resulting in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any US president.

Iran-Contra Affair[edit]

The most well-known and politically damaging of the scandals came to light in November 1986, when Ronald Reagan conceded that the United States had sold weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran, as part of a largely unsuccessful effort to secure the release of six U.S. citizens being held hostage in Lebanon. It was also disclosed that some of the money from the arms deal with Iran had been covertly and illegally funneled into a fund to aid the right-wing Contras counter-revolutionary groups seeking to overthrow the socialist Sandinista government of Nicaragua. The Iran-contra scandal as it became known, did serious damage to the Reagan presidency. The investigations were effectively halted when President George H. W. Bush (Reagan's vice president) pardoned Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger before his trial began.[19]

  1. Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense, was pardoned before trial produced by George H. W. Bush
  2. Elliott Abrams agreed to cooperate with investigators and in return was allowed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges instead of facing possible felony indictments. He was sentenced to two years probation and one hundred hours of community service. He was also pardoned by Bush on December 24, 1992 along with five other former Reagan Administration officials who had been implicated in connection with Iran-Contra.[20]
  3. National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane, pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors and was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.[20] He was also pardoned by Bush.
  4. Alan D. Fiers was the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Central American Task Force. He pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information from Congress and was sentenced to one year of probation and one hundred hours of community service. He was also pardoned by Bush.[20][21]
  5. Richard R. Miller - Partner with Oliver North in IBC, an Office of Public Diplomacy front group, convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States.[20][22]
  6. Clair George was Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Division of Covert Operations under President Reagan. George was convicted of lying to two congressional committees in 1986. He was pardoned by Bush.[20][21][23]
  7. Richard Secord was indicted on nine felony counts of lying to Congress and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to Congress.[20][24]
  8. Thomas G. Clines was convicted of four counts of tax-related offenses for failing to report income from the Iran/Contra operations.[20][25]
  9. Carl R. Channel - Office of Public Diplomacy, partner in International Business- first person convicted in the Iran/Contra scandal, pleaded guilty of one count of defrauding the United States[20][22]
  10. John Poindexter, Reagan's national security advisor, was found guilty of five criminal counts including lying to Congress, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. His conviction was later overturned on grounds that he did not receive a fair trial (the prosecution may have been influenced by his immunized testimony in front of Congress.)[20][26]
  11. Oliver North was indicted on sixteen charges in the Iran/Contra affair and found guilty of three - aiding and abetting obstruction of Congress, shredding or altering official documents and accepting a gratuity. His convictions were later overturned on the grounds that his immunized testimony had tainted his trial.[20][27]
  12. Duane R. Clarridge (US Republican Party) also pardoned before trial by Bush
  13. Albert Hakim pleaded guilty to supplementing the salary of North
  14. Joseph F. Fernandez indicted on four counts of obstruction and false statements; case dismissed when Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh refused to declassify information needed for his defense

Department of Housing and Urban Development grant rigging[edit]

The HUD rigging scandal consisted of Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates rigging low income housing bids to favor Republican contributors to Reagan's campaign as well as rewarding Republican lobbyists such as James G. Watt a former Secretary of the Interior.[28] Sixteen convictions were eventually handed down,[29] including the following:

  1. James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 24 felony counts and pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to pay a $5000 fine.[30]
  2. Phillip D. Winn - Assistant HUD Secretary. Pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to give illegal gratuities.;[31] pardoned by President Bill Clinton, Nov., 2000[32]
  3. Thomas Demery - Assistant HUD Secretary - pleaded guilty to steering HUD subsidies to politically connected donors. Found guilty of bribery and obstruction of justice[31]
  4. Deborah Gore Dean - executive assistant to Secretary Pierce - indicted on thirteen counts, three counts of conspiracy, one count of accepting an illegal gratuity, four counts of perjury, and five counts of concealing articles. She was convicted on twelve. She appealed and prevailed on several counts but the convictions for conspiracy remained.[31]
  5. Joseph A. Strauss, (R) Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD, convicted for accepting payments to favor Puerto Rican land developers in receiving HUD funding.[33]
  6. Silvio D. DeBartolomeis convicted of perjury and bribery.[31]
  7. Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, the Treasurer of the United States from 1989 to 1993[34]

Pierce, the Secretary, though the "central person" in the scandal, was not charged because he made "full and public written acceptance of responsibility."[34]

Retired Federal Judge Arlin M. Adams served as independent counsel in first five years of the prosecution, through 1995,[31] and Larry Thompson completed the work 1995-98.[34]

Lobbying scandal[edit]

When an administration staff member leaves office, federal law governs how quickly one can begin a lobbying career.

EPA scandals[edit]

A number of scandals occurred at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Reagan Administration. Over twenty high-level EPA employees were removed from office during Reagan's first three years as president.[37] Additionally, several Agency officials resigned amidst a variety of charges, ranging from being unduly influenced by industry groups to rewarding or punishing employees based on their political beliefs.[38] Sewergate, the most prominent EPA scandal during this period, involved the targeted release of Superfund grants to enhance the election prospects of local officials aligned with the Republican Party.

  1. Rita Lavelle, an administrator at the EPA, misused Superfund monies and was convicted of perjury. She served three months in prison, was fined $10,000 and given five years probation.[39]
  2. Anne Gorsuch Burford, the controversial head of the EPA. Burford, citing "Executive Privilege," refused to turn over Superfund records to Congress.[40] She was found in Contempt, whereupon she resigned.

Inslaw Affair[edit]

  1. D. Lowell Jensen, Deputy Attorney General was held in Contempt of Congress.[5]
  2. C. Madison Brewer A high ranking Justice Department official was held in Contempt of Congress.[5]

Attorney General Edwin Meese (R) refused to investigate the matter. His successor Attorney General Dick Thornburgh (R) also refused to investigate.[42] They were succeeded by Attorney General William P. Barr (R) who also refused to investigate the matter. No charges were ever filed.[43]

Savings & loan crisis[edit]

As an indication of this scandal's size, Martin Mayer wrote at the time, "The theft from the taxpayer by the community that fattened on the growth of the savings and loan (S&L) industry in the 1980s is the worst public scandal in American history. Teapot Dome in the Harding administration and the Credit Mobilier in the times of Ulysses S. Grant have been taken as the ultimate horror stories of capitalist democracy gone to seed. Measuring by money, [or] by the misallocation of national resources... the S&L outrage makes Teapot Dome and Credit Mobilier seem minor episodes." [45]

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith called it "the largest and costliest venture in public misfeasance, malfeasance and larceny of all time."[46]

Debategate[edit]

Debategate refers to a scandal affecting the administration of Ronald Reagan; it involved the final days of the 1980 presidential election and briefing papers that were to have been used by President Jimmy Carter in preparation for the October 28, 1980, debate with Reagan had somehow been acquired by Reagan's team. This fact was not divulged to the public until late June 1983, after Laurence Barrett published Gambling With History: Reagan in the White House, an in-depth account of the Reagan administration's first two years.

James Baker swore under oath that he had received the briefing book from William Casey, Reagan's campaign manager, but Casey vehemently denied this. The matter was never resolved as both the FBI and a congressional subcommittee failed to determine how or through whom the briefing book came to the Reagan campaign.[47]

Other matters[edit]

Although Reagan's second term was mostly noteworthy for matters related to foreign affairs, he supported significant pieces of legislation on domestic matters. In 1982, Reagan signed legislation reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for another 25 years, even though he had opposed such an extension during the 1980 campaign.[48] This extension added protections for blind, disabled, and illiterate voters.

Other significant legislation included the overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code in 1986, as well as the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which compensated victims of the Japanese-American internment during World War II. As well as those, Reagan signed legislation authorizing the death penalty for offenses involving murder in the context of large-scale drug trafficking; wholesale reinstatement of the federal death penalty did not occur until the presidency of Bill Clinton.[citation needed]

Reagan's position on gay rights has been a subject of controversy. In the late 1970s he wrote a response in his LA Herald-Examiner column to the organization backing the California Briggs Initiative, stating that he opposed the proposed ban on gay public school teachers.[49] Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, wrote an article in the New York Times where she recalled her father talking about Rock Hudson's homosexuality in an accepting and tolerant manner.[50]

The oldest president[edit]

As Reagan was the oldest person to be inaugurated as president (age 69), and also the oldest person to hold the office (age 77), his health became a concern at times during his presidency. His age even became a topic of concern during his re-election campaign. In a debate on October 21, 1984 between Reagan and his opponent, former Vice President Walter Mondale, panelist Henry Trewhitt brought up how President Kennedy had to go for days on end without sleep during the Cuban Missile crisis. He then asked the President if he had any doubts about if or how he could function in a time of crisis, given his age. Reagan remarked, "I am not going to make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience," generating applause and laughter from the audience. Mondale (who was 56 at the time) said years later in an interview that he knew at that moment he had lost the election.[51]

On July 13, 1985, Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon, causing the first-ever invocation of the Acting President clause of the 25th Amendment. On January 5, 1987, Reagan underwent surgery for prostate cancer which caused further worries about his health, but which significantly raised the public awareness of this "silent killer."

Former White House correspondent Lesley Stahl later wrote that she and other reporters noticed what might have been early symptoms of Reagan's later Alzheimer's Disease.[52] She said that on her last day on the beat, Reagan spoke to her for a few moments and didn't seem to know who she was, before then returning to his normal self.[52] However, Reagan's primary physician, Dr. John Hutton, said the president "absolutely" did not "show any signs of dementia or Alzheimer's."[53] His doctors noted that he began exhibiting Alzheimer's symptoms only after he left the White House.[54]

Close of the Reagan era[edit]

In 1988, Reagan's Vice President, George H. W. Bush, was elected to succeed Reagan as President of the United States. On January 11, 1989, Reagan addressed the nation for the last time on television from the Oval Office, nine days before handing over the presidency to Bush. On the morning of January 20, 1989, Ronald and Nancy Reagan met with the Bushes for coffee at the White House before escorting them to the Capitol Building, where Bush took the oath of office. The Reagans then boarded a Presidential helicopter, and flew to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. There, they boarded the Presidential Jet (in this instance, it was not called Air Force One), and flew home to California—to their new home in the wealthy East Gate Old Bel Air section of Los Angeles. Reagan was the oldest president to serve (at 77), surpassing Dwight Eisenhower, who was 70 when he left office in 1961.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Chomsky, Noam (1985). Turning the Tide. Boston, Massachusetts: South End Press. ISBN 0-89608-266-0. 
  2. ^ Murray, Robert K. and Blessing, Tim H. 1993. Greatness in the White House. Penn State Press. p. 80
  3. ^ Brandly, Mark (2004-05-20). "Will We Run Out of Energy?". Ludwig von Mises Institute. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  4. ^ a b Lieberman, Ben (2005-09-01). "A Bad Response To Post-Katrina Gas Prices". Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  5. ^ a b c Baker, Peter (2008-11-08). "Obama Team Weighs What to Take On First". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ Stone, Chad. "A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Reagan Doctrine," United States State Department.
  8. ^ McAleavy, Tony. Modern World History. 
  9. ^ "GUN CONTROL: Reagan's Conversion". Time. April 8, 1991. 
  10. ^ Kaufman, Robert. "The First Principles of Reagan's Foreign Policy". 
  11. ^ Chomsky, Noam (1985). Turning the Tide. South End Press. 
  12. ^ "Remembering the Assassination Attempt on Ronald Reagan". CNN. 2001-03-30. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  13. ^ D'Souza, Dinesh (June 8, 2004). "Purpose". National Review. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ Langer, Gary (June 7, 2004). "Reagan's Ratings: ‘Great Communicator's’ Appeal Is Greater in Retrospect". ABC. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  15. ^ Kengor, Paul (2004). "Reagan's Catholic Connections". Catholic Exchange. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Freidel, Frank (1995), p. 84
  17. ^ "The Reagan Diaries". Harper Collins. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  18. ^ Wills, David (2003). The First War on Terrorism: Counter-Terrorism Policcy During the Reagan Administration. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman &Littlefield. p. 5. ISBN 0-7425-3128-7. 
  19. ^ Brinkley, A. (2009). American History: A Survey Vol. II., p. 887, New York: McGraw-Hill
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Summary of Prosecutions
  21. ^ a b Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 15 William J. Casey
  22. ^ a b Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 13 Private Fundraising: The Guilty Pleas of Channell and Miller
  23. ^ Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 17 United States v. Clair E. George
  24. ^ Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 9 United States v. Richard V. Secord
  25. ^ Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 11 United States v. Thomas G. Clines, a.k.a. ``C. Tea''
  26. ^ Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 3 United States v. John M. Poindexter
  27. ^ Walsh Iran / Contra Report - Chapter 1 United States v. Robert C. McFarlane
  28. ^ Johnson, Haynes (2003). Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years, p. 179-184. W. W. Norton & Co. Inc., New York. ISBN 0-393-32434-6
  29. ^ Greenberg, Gerald S. 2000. Larry D. Thompson. In Historical Encyclopedia of U.S. Independent Counsel Investigations, ed. Gerald S. Greenberg, 337-38. Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press.
  30. ^ RollingStone.com, November 18, 2003, "Crimes Against Nature" by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  31. ^ a b c d e "Ex-Official Convicted in HUD Scandal of 80's" by Stephan Labaton, The New York Times, October 27, 1993. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  32. ^ "Whom Might Clinton Pardon?", by Michael Brus, Slate, Dec. 23, 2000 12:30 AM ET. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  33. ^ Washington Post, October 15, 1999, "Strauss Convicted" by Toni Locy
  34. ^ a b c "Long Inquiry on Abuse in the Housing Department Is Completed", by Michael Janofsky, The New York Times, October 29, 1998. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  35. ^ The American Experience | Reagan | Timeline (1986 - 1988)
  36. ^ http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3752008.html
  37. ^ Johnson, Haynes (2003). Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years, p. 170. W. W. Norton & Co. Inc., New York. ISBN 0-393-32434-6
  38. ^ ibid.
  39. ^ AROUND THE NATION; Conviction of Ex-Official Of E.P.A. Is Upheld - New York Times
  40. ^ Sullivan, P.: "Anne Gorsuch Burford, 62, Dies; Reagan EPA Director", Washington Post, July 22, 2004.
  41. ^ nytimes, October 14, 1992, "Barr Rejects Request for Theft Inquiry" by Neil A. Lewis
  42. ^ ww.nytimes.com August 12, 1992, "Report Says Justice Department Stole Computer Software in 80's" by David Johnston
  43. ^ http://www.nytimes.com, October 12, 1992, "Attorney General William P. Barr Rejects Request for Theft Inquiry by Neil A. Lewis
  44. ^ Timothy Curry and Lynn Shibut, The Cost of the Savings and Loan Crisis: Truth and Consequences FDIC, December 2000.
  45. ^ The Greatest-Ever Bank Robbery: The Collapse of the Savings and Loan Industry by Martin Mayer (Scribner's)
  46. ^ John Kenneth Galbraith, The Culture of Contentment. (Houghton Mifflin, 1992).
  47. ^ "Reagan Assures Casey He Can Stay as CIA Chief in New Term?", Washington Post, September 11, 1984.
  48. ^ "Reagan Weighs In On Social Issues." U.S. News & World Report, May 12, 1982
  49. ^ Reagan, Ronald (1978-11-01). "Editorial: Two Ill-advised California Trends". Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. p. A19. 
  50. ^ Deroy Murdock on Ronald Reagan & AIDS on National Review Online
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