Previous Chapter The Reagan Presidency

Edited by: CQ Press

In: Congress and the Nation, 1985-1988, Vol. VII: The 99th and 100th Congresses

Chapter : The Reagan Presidency

Edited by: CQ Press

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483302706.n16

Subject: Congress

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The Reagan Presidency
The Reagan presidency
Introduction

During President Reagan's second term, Congress clearly gained the upper hand with the White House and blunted, sometimes reversed, the waning thrust of the “Reagan Revolution.” But Ronald Reagan remained popular throughout his eight years in the White House and repeatedly confounded his critics, as well as his friends. By many assessments of the “Reagan legacy,” the 40th president steered the country away from New Deal welfarism, reasserted American primacy in the world and ushered in a long spell of prosperity. The polar opposite view was that of a genial, glib but often ill-informed president who mortgaged the nation's future with debt to underwrite a costly military buildup and foster an unrealistic “feel good” mentality in America.

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