THE REAGAN YEARS:
A Statistical Overview of the 1980s
The following statistics offer a quick but comprehensive overview
of all the major trends of the Reagan-Bush era. They include tax cuts,
income inequality, corporate lobbying, deficits, debts, economic growth,
poverty, welfare, and a comparison of the U.S. to other rich nations.
This whirlwind tour should take about as long as it takes to read a
newspaper. It is the compilation of statistics that I wish I had found
when I was researching the 80s. Understanding them is crucial because today's
Congress is pursuing all the same policies: cutting taxes on the rich,
slashing welfare for the poor, and spending more money than it takes in.
No voter is informed without knowing the statistical results of these policies.
This website is designed to be read in two ways. The first way -- reading
it straight through -- gives a bird's-eye view of the 80s. The second way
is to select the links entitled "More," which gives detailed
comments on each point and hopefully answers questions and counter-arguments
raised by the overview. I highly recommend reading the overview first, since the
comments can get somewhat lengthy and digressive. A plain-English summary
follows at the end for the statistically impaired. :-)
Events leading to the 80s:
The Rise of the Corporate Special
The Economic Slowdown of the 70s
The Rise of Supply-Side Economics
Statistics of the 80s:
Wealth and Income Inequality
Budgets and Deficits
Poverty and Welfare
Comparison of U.S. to Other Rich Nations
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