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Untrodden GroundHow Presidents Interpret the Constitution$
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Harold H. Bruff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226211107

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226211244.001.0001

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First a Dream

First a Dream


(p.359) Chapter Twelve First a Dream
Untrodden Ground

Harold H. Bruff

University of Chicago Press

Ronald Reagan realigned American politics in pursuit of his romantic vision of traditional American values. By increasing defense spending while cutting taxes, he incurred soaring deficits that reduced options for subsequent presidents. His neglect of his faithful execution duty led to scandals in banking and in the Iran-Contra episode. In Iran-Contra, he violated several statutes and threatened the stability of the post-Watergate statutory settlement. He tightened control of the executive branch for regulatory management and judicial selection. He employed the military in Grenada and Libya without complying with the War Powers Resolution. His Strategic Defense Initiative was a unilateral proposal. He worked with Premier Gorbachev to enter strategic arms reduction agreements.

Keywords:   Ronald Reagan, tax cuts, deficits, faithful execution, Iran-Contra, regulatory management, Grenada, Libya, Gorbachev, strategic arms agreements

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