The Role of a Lifetime: The Presidency of Ronald Reagan
S 2018

Government is not the solution, it is the problem; stimulate the economy by cutting taxes on the wealthy; increase freedom by reducing the size of the federal government and its role in the lives of Americans; and characterize America's adversary, the Soviet Union, as the Evil Empire. These were the slogans and sound bites of the Reagan presidency.But taxes were raised, the federal government grew larger, arms treaties were concluded with the Soviets and the "Cold War" ended. 

These contradictions and achievements were all part of the iconic presidency of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States. Characterized both as an 'amiable dunce' and as a transformative president, this SDG, by examining the events during Reagan's presidency, will try to determine his proper role in the pantheon of American presidents.