Ronald Reagan opened the door to steel imports. The Steel Mills were prosperous since the mid 19th century in states covering , PA,WV,OH,IN,ILL,MICH and many more .
Ronald Reagan in an effort to squash the Union allowed, third world countries to dump unsold steel on American shores. American steel producers could not compete with the fire sale prices so they went out of business.
When American Steel Producers went out of business, It created vast fields of unemployed uneducated men with no opportunity to support a family. Hundreds of thousands of high paying jobs that drove many small economic engines .
Many small towns ,cities and even a few large cities were decimated by vast numbers of unemployed men and the absence of taxes to cover things from streets to police .
The Federal Government now has all these people that would have been gainfully employed on Welfare Doles .
If you want proof go to Youngstown Ohio , Flint Michigan or any other Steel town see the old Dinosaurs just lying there doing nothing observes all the things that make the Republicans Rail. And the thank Ronald Reagan.
I have written many such accounts of what I witnessed and I have heard that our economy somehow did better becauseof what he did , I have an open mind please show me the big up side because I am pointing at a HUGE DOWNSIDE