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Opposition to the New Deal

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Opposition to the New Deal * Roosevelt initially tried to 'pack the court' by proposing constitutional change to create more Democrat sympathetic judges. This went far too far! * His 1936 election victory enabled him to claim more support from the people and he was able to quickly introduce more legislation to cover that which the Court had struck down. * Some people felt that the New Deal interfered too much, the government was increasing taxes, making rules for employment, setting up agencies etc and generally doing far more than it had done before, and many people resented it, especially if they hadn't really suffered during the depression and now found that the government was affecting their business. ...read more.


Some New Deal critics argued that the indefinite extension of government functions would eventually undermine the liberties of the people. Because many proposals passed in the first phase of the New Deal did not work as well as expected , a number of critics voiced the opinion that the New Deal had either gone too far, or had not gone far enough. * The first one was the Conservative Liberty League established in August 1934 and which was composed of financiers industrialists, corporation lawyers, conservative Democrats, and others. It attacked the New Deal as a dangerous Constitutional departure and opposed measures like the Wagner-Connery Labor Relations (National Labor Relations) ...read more.


* Reverend Charles E. Coughlin was in favor of the National Union for social justice. In 1934, he voiced the opinion that FDR was not going far enough. He was specific in calling for silver inflation, but was extremely vague on other issues, offering no real solutions. His broadcasts attacked international bankers , Communists , labor unions, and Roosevelt's administration , as unemployment remained high. * Eventually Senator Huey P. Long took part in the Share Our Wealth Movement by demanding that the government make Every man a King, that is to say, every family could get an annual income of $2,000 and a homestead or $6000 to build a home. To pay for this, the government would nationalize all banks and allow no one to be over a " ten millionaire. ...read more.

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