-Tax cuts given to the rich based on "trickle-down" economics. All it really did was make the rich richer.
-Closed all the mental hospitals. Those that couldn't "make it" ended up homeless or in prison
-Cut oodles of social programs (even welfare) deemed to be "ineffective" while spending massive amounts of money on defence
And then there are the scandals:
The Reagan administration saw several controversies unfold in their ranks which resulted in a number of administration staffers being convicted. The most well known, the Iran-Contra affair, involved a plan whereby weapons were sold to Iran and the profits diverted to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, in violation of US and international law.
225 different people in the Ronald Reagan administration have either quit, been fired, been arrested, indicted, or convicted of either breaking the law or violating the Ethics Code; Edwin Meese alone, the Attorney General, has been investigated by three separate Special Prosecutors.
Several other controversies also occurred in the Reagan administration; one involved Department of Housing secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates. Wealthy contributors to the administration's campaign were rewarded with funding for low income housing development without the customary background checks, and lobbyists, such as former EPA head James G. Watt, were rewarded with huge lobbying fees for assisting campaign contributors with receiving government loans and guarantees. Six administration staffers were convicted.
-Lastly, although the October Surprise situation in which Reagan made backdoor arms deals with the Iranians before being sworn in to hold off the release of the hostages is officially a conspiracy theory, it is widely believed to be - for the most part - accurate.
Now, besides the fact that he negotiated the end of the Cold War (which we now know he had little influence over since the Soviets were in the shit anyway), what makes people like him so much?