The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and Bush and The Policy Uncertainty of the Clinton Administration. Text: The Reluctant Welfare State By: Bruce Jansson Reporters: Chic Gunderson Loida ruane. Reagan Administration:1980-1988. Ascendancy of conservatism
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The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and BushandThe Policy Uncertainty of the Clinton Administration
Text: The Reluctant Welfare State
By: Bruce Jansson
Reporters: Chic Gunderson
1. Lower Taxes
2. Increase Defense
3. Social Spending Reduction
- Reduced personal and corporate taxes
- Drastically reduced the tax rate of
- Encourage economic activity
*Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1981
- Deep tax cuts in social spending and increase in military spending.
OBRA of 1981
Defense budget: 1980 - $142B
1986 - $ 368b
- Eliminated 57 social programs and folding them into 7 block grants
- 1983: Social Security amendments increase retirement age and reduce some benefits
- Steward Mckinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987: focus was on construction of shelters
Maintained defense a priority.
Modest tax increase in 1990
Minimal increase in social spending
Civil Rights Act of 1991: Anti-discrimination Act
Rodney King case: forced Bush to provide allocation for inner-city programs
- 3-way race, Perot siphoned votes
- Tried to institute liberal policies.
- Social investments
- Health reforms and others
- Resurgent Republican minority
- Aligned with moderate and conservative Democrats
- Americans tired of government gridlock
- Made many errors in this period