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Topics: President of the United States, U.S. state, Ronald Reagan Pages: 3 (688 words) Published: November 16, 2014
The Help of Grants
Isn’t it quite amazing to find such talent in our 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan? Not only has he successfully had careers in acting, televising, and governing the state of California, but he has also managed to become a successful president. During his presidency he has managed to up-lift states’ rights around the nation, giving them their own choices in how to spend their grants. By consolidating grants into block grants, he was successfully capable of giving states the chance to do so. While this decision had negative effects, it was also very beneficial to some aspects of the states.

States’ rights were significant to Reagan, as he believed it is the upmost importance that states are to be respected and given the opportunity to run their communities as they felt is necessary. As stated in his campaign, “I believe in state's rights; I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level… I'm going to devote myself to trying to reorder those priorities and to restore to the states and local communities those functions which properly belong there.” (Reagan, 1980) This was basically the mantra for Reagan, giving the people the hope that the states and communities will finally be able to enact on what they believe should be handled. The local government in those states would be able to choose which programs in their community deserved to be funded. This sought out to be a better solution since the local governments are better at identifying where the money should be spend in their states rather than the federal government, who only have a broad view on the state issues.

Categorical grants were the solution before Reagan and they weren’t the most effective. They did have their advantages like having more money along with the grant, but its detriment involved the money being spent on specific things that may not be needed in specific states. As an example, say...
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