Social Justice and President Reagan's "Program for Economic Recovery"

By Evan Bayer

American Jewish Committee (AJC), May 1982

The Reagan Administration came into office in January 1981 with a well-articulated philosophy concerning the role of the Federal government in the domestic life of the nation: "to get the Government off the backs of the American people." The proposed Program for Economic Recovery included reducing the size of the Federal budget in order to reduce the debt; cutting taxes on the assumption that money remaining in private hands could be utilized for revitalizing the economy through savings and investment; and returning to the states substantially greater authority to administer social programs as they see fit. Supporters of this program predict that resulting economic growth and reduced inflation would more than compensate for the short-term negative impact caused by the budget cuts. Detractors suggest that the unsure results of such an experiment put an unfair and disproportionate burden on the most vulnerable in our society - minorities, women, the aged, the unemployed, and the underemployed - creating increased feelings of frustration and helplessness in the face of perceived inequities and the potential for rising intergroup tensions due to increased competition for drastically reduced funding.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Social Services, Poverty, Economy, Jewish Organizations, Public Policy, Government

Name of Publication: Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers

Volume/Issue: 10

Page Number(s): 1--33

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bayer, Evan. Social Justice and President Reagan's "Program for Economic Recovery". Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers. American Jewish Committee (AJC). May 1982: 1--33.


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