I’m reading Steven F. Hayward’s The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution 1980-1989. Right now, I’m about a third of the way through the book. So far, the most interesting part has been on the Reagan tax cuts.
President Reagan angered Democrats throughout 1981 by championing John F. Kennedy and the New Frontier. Conservatives argued that Kennedy’s tax cuts fueled the growing economy during the 1960s. Reagan wanted to attach his plan and his economic vision to Camelot.
Of course this angered Congressional Democrats. None more so than the late president’s brother, Sen. Ted Kennedy, or the House Speaker Tip O’Neill (who held JFK’s old congressional seat).
I will write more about Reaganomics and the Reagan legacy after finishing Hayward’s book. In the meantime, enjoy these clips.