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Criticisms of the New Deal

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Connor Riskis

on 18 December 2012

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Transcript of Criticisms of the New Deal

Criticisms of the New Deal New Deal Does Too Much The Republicans knew something had to be done about the Depression but they believed the New Deal went too far. Most of these critics were wealthy who saw FDR as their enemy. These critics disapproved of the TVA and rural electrification. In the Second Deal they disapproved of the Revenue Act of 1935 and the Social Security Act. New Deal Does Not Do Enough Progressives and Socialists also attacked the New Deal by saying the New Deal does not do enough. For example it had only a limited success in eliminating poverty. One of the major critics was muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair who believed the nation's economic system was in a "permanent crisis". Other Critics Modern Day Critics Even though FDR's bold moves placed him among the nation's greatest presidents of all time some modern day critics question whether or not the New Deal gave the best solution to all of the Americans.
Here are some arguments made by these critics:
The New Deal hindered economic progress
Threatened American free enterprise
Encouraged inefficient use of resources
Created policy of paying farmers not to plant
Promoted deficit spending which was paying out more money from the annual federal budget than the government receives in revenues Some critics of the New Deal were demagogues who were leaders who manipulate people with half-truths, deceptive promises, and scare tactics. The two demagogues who were the most powerful of them all were Father Coughlin and Huey Long. Father Coughlin was a dynamic speaker who used the radio to broadcast his message from his studio in Detroit. He reached weekly over 10 million listeners. He promoted nationalization and at first promoted the New Deal but then objected it. His shows became reckless and by 1942 Roman Catholic officials commanded him to quit broadcasting his show. The second critic Huey Long was a lawyer who grew up poor who later became Louisiana's governor in 1928 and then became an U.S. senator in 1932. Unlike others Long did not build his base of power on radical attacks, instead he worked to help the poverty-stricken by upgrade medical care, public services, and education. Like Father Coughlin, Huey Long supported the New Deal but then broke away from it. In September of 1935, Huey Long was looking to run for president but then a son-in-law of his political enemies shot and killed him. If Long had lived he might have greatly impacted the presidential election of 1936.
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