[2nd excerpt from Commercialization of the Space Program, J.V. Edwards, PhD]
...and Johnson's term came to an end, paving the way for President Reagan. Even then, the space race was showing signs of faltering, the eager push from previous decades being dulled by the lack of advancement that space had seemed to promise. The Soviet Union had already suffered economic collapse through similar space focus. Many in Washington and the Pentagon found further spending on the space program unpopular, giving rise to a wave of politicians (many of whom had also successfully prevented U.S. involvement in Vietnam) that focused on "solving problems at home."