Opponents of The New Deal

Liberal Critics

Socialists in the democrat party criticized the New Deal for doing a lot for business and only a little for the unemployed and poor. They assumed the president failed to take care of the problems of women and elderly.

Conservative Critics

Some attacked the New Deal for giving the federal government way too much power. These critics said some programs bordered on socialism and communism. Business leaders were shocked by a rise in regulations, the second New deal's prounion stance, and the financing of government programs by money. Democrats like former president candidate Alfred E. Smith and John W. Davis, joined with leading Republicans to form an anti-New Deal called American Liberty League. Father Charles E. Coughlin was attracted by a popular founding through his weekly broadcast. Dr. Francis was a retired physician and became popular by giving a simple idea stating that 2 percent of federal sales tax to be used for retired people to get $200 a month. Huey Long proposed a Share Our Wealth program that promised a minimum income of $5,000 for every american family.It should be paid by taxing the wealthy. President Roosevelt hoped to remove the court as an obstacle to the New Deal by having a judicial reorganization bill. While Roosevelt was trying to pack the court, justices were already backing down.

Rise of Unions

Founded in 1881, the Federation of Organized Trades was the precursor AFL (American Federation of Labor, which, late in the 19th century, replaced the Knights of Labor as the most powerful industrial union of the era. In seeking to absorb the existing craft unions, the KOL had reduced their autonomy and involved them in social and political disputes that did not represent the unions’ own direct interests. Consequently, the craft unions revolted. In 1886, under the leadership of Samuel Gompers, they organized themselves as the AFL, a loose federation that remained for half a century the sole unifying agency of the American labor movement. The industrial union joined together as the Committee of Industrial Organization Strikes were frequent since collective bargaining was protected by federal law.

Last Phase of the New Deal

The economy of pulling out of its nosedive. Ban ks and businesses were moving up . The cause of this was the Social Security tax reducing consumer spending just when Roosevelt curtailing expenditures. The president was hoping to balance the budget. The economy improved but there was no boom and problems stayed the same.Fears about the aggressive acts of Germany diverted attention from domestic concerns to foreign affairs.
Opposition to the New Deal
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