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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

How much did Government shrink under Reagan's administration?

Since he was such a conservative and all.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    From the Heritage Foundation:

    "No matter how advocates of big government try to rewrite history, Ronald Reagan's record of fiscal responsibility continues to stand as the most successful economic policy of the 20th century. His tax reforms triggered an economic expansion that continues to this day. His investments in national security ended the Cold War and made possible the subsequent defense spending reductions that are largely responsible for the current federal surpluses. His efforts to restrain the expansion of federal government helped to limit the growth of domestic spending.

    If Reagan's critics had been willing to work with him to limit domestic spending even further and to control the growth of entitlements, the budget would have been balanced five to ten years sooner and without the massive tax increase imposed in 1993. Today, Members of Congress from across the political spectrum should stand on the evidence and defend the Reagan record."

    In short, the Democrats kept spending having lied about "two dollars in cuts for every dollar in tax increase" wouldn't allow him to cut programs that he wanted. He did limit non-defense domestic spending.

    Read the full article.

  • 1 decade ago

    Government spending under Reagan rose a little to just under 22% of GDP but then went down again. Reagan demonstrated smaller government by doing away with entitlement programs.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He was an actor and acted like a conservative like the Republicans are now. But he grew the government at a record level and increased the deficit at a record level just the same as GW Bush did but to set new records he really had to go off the right side of reality.

  • 1 decade ago

    As the economy ,jobs and success expanded under Regan, so then must government, in an effort to keep up with Americas growth and prosperity.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Taxes shrank. Government (particularly defense) increased dramatically. In terms of the resulting federal budget deficit, you can do the math.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Government should be looked at as a percentage of the GDP

  • 1 decade ago

    Nice baiting but conservatives don't like an expanding government under any president.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The government has grown every single year since FDR.

  • 1 decade ago

    So now there's so little to bring up in support of your guy that you're now reaching back two-decades...

    ....I'd be glad if it meant you finally exhausted all your "Bush" material, but I sense that's not the case..

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Reagan was the government's viagra.

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