History of the United States: Gov/Pol

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Vietnam War

1959 - 1975

Cold War Ends, Rhenquist is chief justice, Gulf War, Recession

1988 - 1992

Major Recession

2008 - 2012

Elections

Nixon Presidency

1968 - 1976

Nixon defeats Humphrey

1968

Nixon defeats McGovern

1972

Carter defeats Ford

1976

Carter Presidency

1976 - 1980

Reagan Presidency

1980 - 1988

Reaganomics-- higher defense spending, lower income taxes, larger defects.
supply side economics: if you cut taxes, people will earn and spend more money, bringing in more tax revenue

Reagan defeats Carter

1980

Reagan reelected

1984

George H.W. Bush defeats Dukakis

1988

H.W. Bush Presidency

1988 - 1992

Clinton Presidency

1992 - 2000

Impeached--Senate didn't throw him out of office.
High crimes and misdemeanors. Lying to a grand jury.

Clinton defeats Perot

1992

Bush v. Gore

2000

Bush Presidency

2000 - 2008

Bush defeats Gore

2000

9/11

2001

Obama Presidency

2008 - 2016

Obama defeats Biden

2008

Policies

Social Security Act

1935

under FDR, created social security. Large expansion of federal power, attempt to limit "dangers" of old people like poverty, unemployment etc.

War on Poverty

1964

LBJ created a poverty line and the Great Society programs.

Great Society Programs

1964

Civil Rights Act

1964

Outlaws racial discrimination in public accommodations, employment etc.

Voting Rights Act

1965

ability to vote, no more poll tax and literacy tests

Medicare/Medicaid

1965

OSHA-Occupational Safety and Health Administration

1970

signed in by Nixon

Clean Air Act

1970

Provisions in 1990

War Powers Act

1973

passed in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam. President can have troops overseas for 60 days without approval of Congress. Expansion of exec. power.

Budget Impoundment and Control Act

1974

Takes away presidential power, post watergate act. a procedure by which congress balances the budget by setting limits on revenue and spending

Freedom of Information Act

1974

Ford after Watergate, government can't disclose most information unless it is a threat to security

Family Medical Leave Act

1974

employers must cover healthcare of employees and must protect worker in case of illness etc.,

Family Medical Leave Act

1974

employers must cover healthcare of employees and must protect worker in case of illness etc.,

Superfund Program

1980

abandon toxic waste sites so EPA can clean up

Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act

1985

Series of deficit targets to balance budget by 1991. automatic cutting would take place if this didnt work

Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act

1985

Series of deficit targets to balance budget by 1991. automatic cutting would take place if this didnt work

Americans with Disabilities Act

1990

no discrim. against disabled

Motor Voter Act

1993

voting, promoting turnout

TANF/Welfare Reform Act

1996

block grant top states to run their own welfare programs, not an entitlement. 5 year overall limit, 2 year consec. limit.

Medicare Modernization Act

2003

addition of prescription drug benefit to Medicare

Affordable Care Act

2010

Obamacare-- individual mandate, everyone must buy healthcare

Cases

Lopez v. US

1995 - 1996