sorry jonesy, but not everybody benefitted from the regan era. take me for example. during his seating in office? a lot of the education programs i and other elementary school children had were taken away from us because the funding they got went towards those stealth bombers that never seemed to work along w/the defense budget. does anybody remember that?
on saturday mornings, i'd go to the junior high that housed my enrichment program where i expanded on the 2 foreign languages i was learning in regular school and was getting help w/any kind of homework i had from the week prior. this was a major help for a black kid from the worst city to live in America in at the time. (ever been to Gary, IN?) as soon as Regan dropped the axe on education, literally, the next week? Saturday school was no more. no more spanish, french, orchestra (i was learning the cello in addition to my violin at the time), and most importantly, nobody to help me w/my homework. my parents had both only graduated from h.s. and i had to basically teach them what i learned in school - at least where math and science were concerned - and try to learn things on my own. not easy when you have ADD...just w/o a name yet.
so not everybody benefitted from the Regan era, i'm sorry to say. and you could totally tell by the kids who went there, too. grades started to fall, kids' attitudes got worse, i could go on for quite some time about this.
and no political science teacher had to tell me this. sorry to sound so sarcastically cynical.