Proof? The Reagan years were nothing like today. Not only that, the country was in flux at that time. I lived in the Houston area during that time, and that city was seeing a huge influx of people from the "rust belt" - i.e., northern states. Much of this is because outsourcing was becoming the norm. Reagan did not cause those problems. Houston, indeed every other city and state that relied heavily on an oil-based economy also saw a "construction bust" as structures had been built in excess expectation of future demand - which never came through. You really can't blame Reagan for that.