Government spending ballooned during the 1960s and 1970s, starting with the Lyndon Johnson’s social programs. Many Americans felt that these programs weren’t working and they were tired of paying higher taxes for them. They were ready for a change. In the 1980 presidential election, Republican nominee Ronald Reagan promised to reduce taxes and cut spending. He beat Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter by 489 to 49 electoral votes. Once in office, Reagan was a strong leader, making broad-sweeping changes. He was the most popular president since FDR.
Questions and Answers:
Question: Were the 1980s more peaceful than the 1970s?
Answer: During the 1980s, many people became more prosperous. Gas and energy prices went down and companies began hiring again. President Reagan had some successes with abroad too, but there were also several problems, such as the AIDS crisis, the Persian Gulf War, and the Challenger explosion.
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