Reagan as a matter of fact lowered taxes, like The Cruelest, I think that's probably one of Reagan's biggest mistakes. However, Clinton with his Market Deregulations and Bush II's poor economic policies did far worse than Reagan to the economy.
Reagan's military spike was a raise from arround 4.5% of GDP expenditure to arround 6% of GDP (average during his presidency). The USSR's in comparison was at arround 15%, so it's not like it was a crazy thing to do, and again the 9/11 expenditure spikes were far greater in total expenditure (equal in %) than Reagan's.
The war on drugs was a Nixon era failed policy, Reagan just continued it. It was a stupid idea, but at the moment, the general consensus was that it was the only solution to drug problems, it's easier to criticize now that we have the full data, and again, Clinton did more to harm people when it comes to drug policy than Reagan himself.
The Reagan interventions + Iran scandals weren't great either, but when you see what the next presidents did in that field, Reagan was almost like a non-interventionist lol...
When Gorbatchov come to power, Reagan shifted his Cold War policy and managed to make some of the most successful arms agreements in history.
"Reagan recognized the change in the direction of the Soviet leadership with Mikhail Gorbachev, and shifted to diplomacy, with a view to encourage the Soviet leader to pursue substantial arms agreements. Reagan's personal mission was to achieve "a world free of nuclear weapons," which he regarded as "totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization.""
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