Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, And Domestic Policy In The United States

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Introduction
Domestic policy is a broad area of public policy, which deals with laws, government programs, and administrative decisions which are directly related to all things that directly affect the people in its own country ("Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)"). I will be analyzing the three presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, on the basis of how strong or limited they were on their domestic policies.
Bill Clinton was chosen for being able to balance the budget and bring the unemployment rate down to its’ lowest. William “Bill” Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He married Hillary Rodham in 1975 and the next year was elected attorney general of Arkansas. In 1978, he became one of the youngest
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In 1963, Johnson supported a bill JFK sent to Congress. The bill outlawed discrimination, the practice of segregation in public facilities and mandated strict controls over state voting laws. After 83 days of filibustering from southern senators Congress passed the bill. After this, Johnson set his next goal that would be called the “Great Society.” This described an America where poverty and racial injustice would have no place, elderly would be care for, education would be placed at a premium, and the nation’s natural resources would be protected. The 1964 election win for Johnson allowed an abundance of legislative proposals to go through congress. These proposal allowed for programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Headstart, immigration reform, and the Nation Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. Towards the end of 1966 Johnson got Congress to pass nearly 200 pieces of major legislation. Johnson was making major progress, but his domestic achievements were overshadowed by the Vietnam War ("Domestic Politics."). Lyndon Johnson is the strong president, because he really had a true domestic policy. He dealt with economics, poverty, civil rights, health-care, education, and more. All of the proposals were passed through Congress, making sure they had a say in the …show more content…
Reagan went on television often to ask viewers for their support for specific legislation ("Ronald Reagan Presidential Library"). Reagan would often address the American people during several crisis situations restore faith in the people. In Oct 1981, Reagan addressed the nation with news that they were in a recession, but reassured the Americans that it will recover in the spring. Some of Reagan’s policies were able to be passed due to bipartisan compromises ("Miller Center"). Ronald Reagan is the middle president, due to the fact that he was able to gain support for his many economic policies from both sides of Congress. Even if his plans didn’t turn out the way he wanted, Reagan was able to reassure the American people in his State of the Union

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