|Text on Button||I'M GLAD I DIDN'T VOTE FOR REAGAN|
Red white and blue striped background iwth white text on the red and blue stripes and red and blue text on the white stripe
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This is an anti-Ronald Reagan button, most likely from his second term. Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1981 to 1989. A former film star and Governor of California, Reagan made his political stance clear in his 1981 inaugural address with his statement, "government is not the solution to our problems: government is the problem." Key policies of the Reagan years include massive tax cuts, large withdraws of government oversight and regulation, an increase in military spending, and the escalation of the Cold War.
Reagan is negatively associated with the Iran-Contra scandal, in which he negotiated the sale of arms to Iran in exchange for the release of the seven American hostages that were being held in Lebanon. The scandal severely damaged both Reagan’s approval rating and the United States’ reputation abroad. Though there were several investigations and indictments as a result of the scandal, George H. W. Bush, at the end of his presidency, ultimately pardoned all of those indicted or convicted.