▪️1.most corrupt administration: 138 members of his team were investigated, indicted, or convicted for their roles in various scandals.
▪️2.Sold arms to Iran in exchange for release of American hostages being held in Lebanon. used some of the profits from those deals to fund Contra forces in Nicaragua, who were hoping to topple the socialist government in that country.
▪️3. Raised taxes on the poor and cut them for the wealthy. He slashed the top tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent, and income inequality has soared ever since, so that today, the top 1 percent of Americans controls a quarter of the nation's wealth, as opposed to 8 percent when Reagan became president.
▪️4. Tripled the deficit and debt skyrocketed. Reagan administration spent its way to an insane $2.7 trillion debt, thanks in large part to defense spending meant to combat communism
▪️5. His Stance On Labor Unions Destroyed The Middle Class.
Reagan fired 11,000 union members who went on strike. At the height of their powers in this country, nearly 40 percent of workers in the private sector were unionized. It's somewhere around seven percent today. ▪️6. He Ignored The AIDS Epidemic For YearsBy 1984, 5596 people had died of AIDS, but the government remained silent. What's especially problematic about Reagan's refusal to acknowledge AIDS until 1985 is that for years before that, blood that was infected with the disease was used to make blood-clotting medicine that hemophiliacs rely on to live.Thousands of Americans who took these drugs were infected with HIV
▪️7. The "Reagan Doctrine" funded terrorism in Afghanistan: During Reagan’s 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. Thus leading to the rise of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda ▪️8. Reagan's Mental Health Reforms Made Homelessness And Crime Exponentially Worse: Reagan he signed the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act into law which meant that the mentally ill were kicked out of hospitals and made it harder for them to get back in. The statistics regarding mentally ill people in the criminal justice system followed suit, increasing by 50% .