How did the rising conservatism of the 1970s affect the social and economic issues in the US?How did the rising conservatism of the 1970s affect the social and economic issues in the US?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The biggest issues in the 1970s were economic. Economic conservatism led to economic meltdown. Trickle-down economics was a theory that in practice did nothing to improve fhe eonomcy. Rising gas prices, greedy businesses and high unemployment were the man results. Kind of familiar?
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The rise of conservatism put a different set of social and economic issues on the political agenda.  Before this, social issues were mostly about the expansion of rights for people like minorities and women.  After this, social issues revolved around issues of morality such as abortion and gay marriage.  Before this, alleviating poverty was a major economic issue.  After this, the focus moved more towards issues of deficits and deficit reduction.

 

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