Photo courtesy U.S. GovernmentReagan signed numerous bills in the early months of his presidency, stimulating economic growth, curbing inflation, increasing employment and strengthening national defense. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The 1980 presidential race, even with three major candidates, was a cake walk for the former actor and Governor of California. Ronald Reagan swept into the White House (garnering 489 electoral votes), with his “kitchen cabinet” in tow. His would certainly head the most important Republican administration since Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. When Reagan took office for his first term, the country was in a quagmire of inflation and out-of-control interest rates. He hardly had chance to get his feet
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