New Deal Criticism


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New Deal Criticism

  1. 1. Opposition to the New Deal Or does it? The New Deal Rocks!
  2. 2. Criticism of the New Deal <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US Senator from Louisiana </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Redistribution of Wealth” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only could make up to 1 million dollars </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The rest would be collected by government and “redistributed” to give every American family a minimum “household estate” of $5000 dollars and minimum income of $2500 dollars. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also called for: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter working hours, more vet benefits, education payments and pensions for elderly. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Senator Huey Long :
  3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Radio Priest – radio show reaching 10 million </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Originally supported FDR and New Deal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1934 - National Union for Social Justice </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Called FDR “Franklin “Double Crossing” Roosevelt and a “betrayer and liar” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coughlin’s ideas were reckless </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1942 ordered by Catholic Church to stop broadcasting show. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Criticism of the New Deal Father Coughlin :
  4. 4. Business leader’s opposition to FDR and his New Deal intensified in 1934 and 1935.
  5. 5. · It complained that the New Deal interfered too much with business and people’s lives. Liberty League : Criticism of the New Deal
  6. 6. Francis Townsend : <ul><li>He proposed giving every American over age 60 a pension of $200 per month. </li></ul><ul><li>However, people receiving the pension would have to retire, freeing up the job for a younger American. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, every person that receives the pension would be required to spend it immediately in order to spur the economy. </li></ul>Criticism of the New Deal
  7. 7. FDR and the Supreme Court Ex.) AAA The Conflict: February 10, 1937, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, &quot;Trying to Change the Umpiring&quot; · The Supreme Court ruled that many New Deal laws were unconstitutional.
  8. 8. · After winning the 1936 presidential election, FDR proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court Justices from 9 to 15. February 14, 1937, Waterbury (CT) Republican , &quot;Do We Want A Ventriloquist Act In The Supreme Court?&quot;
  9. 9. * This would allow FDR to appoint 6 new pro-New Deal Justices to the Supreme Court. The plan quickly became known as FDR’s attempt to “ pack the court.” February 18, 1937, Oakland (California) Tribune , &quot;New Blood&quot;
  10. 10. February 28, 1937, Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch , &quot;What Has Become of the Old-Fashioned Man...?&quot; The Results: · Many Americans, including New Deal supporters, felt that FDR was unfairly trying to control the Supreme Court.
  11. 11. August 26, 1937 Newport (R.I.) News , &quot;And That's The Versatile Quarterback Who Said If One Play Didn't Work He'd Try Something Else.&quot; The proposal remained very unpopular, and there was never much of a chance of getting it passed.
  12. 12. * However, one anti-New Deal Justice eventually changed his mind, and FDR appointed a pro-New Deal Justice to the Supreme Court after an anti-New Deal Justice retired, so he essentially got his way. · FDR withdrew his plan six months later. August 30, 1937 Brooklyn Citizen , &quot;Good For Another Meal&quot;