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    Compare and contrast what Ronald Reagan promised the American people with what his administration actually delivered to the country in his first four years in office.

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    President Reagan ran for office on a platform of "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" He was bashing Jimmy Carter, and it worked. So implicitly, he was promising the American people that he would improve the economy and make everyone better off than they had been. His explicit promises included lower taxes to stimulate the economy, strong defense, states' rights, and smaller government.

    Along with Reagan's promises of smaller government (and thus smaller spending), he also promised to reduce spending and cut government programs. While he did follow through ...

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    An analysis of Ronald Reagan's first term, according to the promises that he made while he was running.