reduce the growth of government spending,
reduce marginal tax rates on income from labor and capital,
reduce government regulation of the economy,
control the money supply to reduce inflation.
The problem is, it does not work in theory or in practice. In the news we here that this crises we are experiencing started a few months ago, but in truth the crises started thirty-eight years ago with the election of Ronald Wilson Reagan.
While Reagan was President, the top tax rates for individuals dropped from 70% to 28% in 7 years while payroll taxes increased for the lower and middle class workers. Also military spending got a huge increase and these scenarios combined to bring about large budget deficits. The policy was also called supply side economics or (trickle-down economics) because the rich got such a huge tax break they would invest more and the money would trickle down to the lower and middle class. This was a fatal flaw in the whole theory. The four pillars above all sound like good economic policy but the catalyst has to be the trickle-down part of the theory and in practice it does not happen.
Following Reagan we had four years of virtually the same policies under George Herbert Walker Bush. Then eight years of William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton. Clinton, a very moderate Democrat, brought some tax increases for the wealthiest 1% but not much and brought about the first of the free trade agreements that have taken jobs away from American workers by the thousands. Then came George Walker Bush and even more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. He began a systematic removal of all remaining regulations on the banking industry as well as on big corporations. He also put industry executives in key oversight positions so they would be much less effective in enforcing those regulations that still exist. Clinton had reduced the deficit and spending, but George W. Bush increased the deficit to double the amount it was under Clinton.
And now here we are today. The stock market is going up and down like a roller coaster, several large banks have collapsed, and people don't know if they will have a job tomorrow. It's pretty obvious to me that trickle-down economics and almost no regulations does not work and have brought us to the brink of another world-wide depression like the one we had in the 1930's. The middle and lower class have become serfs for the big corporations, the government is run by them through lobbyists and the government of by and for the people is in very great danger of becoming another failed state in the annuls of human history. It's time we did something about it, time to take control of our destiny and save the greatest nation the world has ever known. But, to do this, we need to get rid of Reaganomics once and for all.