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    Posted August 17, 2013 by
    Watertown, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics

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    Liberty1955 Was A Republican in the 80s


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Liberty1955 says one of the biggest life lessons he learned in the 80's was to not take time for granted. During this time period, he said the thing that mattered most to him was building his salon business. He shared that the 80's was his favorite decade to live in because he had energy, his kids and because everything he did succeeded.
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    Cabbage Patch Dolls were popular in the 80s.
    That's right. The first photo is of me and my daughter, Bree, with her doll.
    I voted for Reagan the first time he ran.
    I owned the 'Yes Salon' and had ten employees which I provided health care for.
    The second photo is of me and my salon manager, Noemi.
    The third photo is of me with the bow tie and a salon party we had.
    My first oldest daughter, Bree, was 5 years old. Now, she's 34.
    I wasn't involved so much with politics.
    I was concerned with making money.
    I'm still concerned with making money but it's not as easy now as it was back then.
    Not so much because of Reagan, but people had more money to spend on haircuts.
    When Reagan fired the air traffic controllers in 1981, I regretted my vote.
    The average guy began to have less money and I noticed it in my salon's sales.
    So, in 1984, I voted for Mondale- not much of a choice by Democrats.
    I changed my views about the Republican Party and when Bill Clinton ran, I voted for him.
    I am now a Progressive Democrat, thanks to Reagan's 'trickle - down economics' that never trickled down.
    The last photo is me, now,..a little grayer, and much further to the left.
    Lots of memories of the 80s

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