By Kevin Mooney
While the nation was still mired in a deep recession, self-described
community activists staged elaborate protests against President
Reagan’s policies in the early 1980’s, a Nexis search reveals. On the
anniversary of his 100th birthday, Reagan is widely credited and praised
for re-energizing the economy and reversing the “malaise” of the
But just before the mid-term elections in 1982, history appeared to
have turned in the other direction. Reagan’s popularity had plummeted in
response to persistent unemployment, which also opened the way for
Democratic gains in the House and Senate.
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