New Deal

FDR, the Great Court-Packer

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FDR won the 1936 presidential election with more than 27 million votes, compared to 16 million for his Republican opponent Alf Landon. FDR won the Electoral College vote by an even bigger margin — 523 to 8. He concluded that he could do anything, and he over-reached, triggering a harsh reaction ... [click for more]

The Fallacies of Another New Deal, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 As the financial panics on Wall Street seem to be never-ending, a lot of commentators are openly asking whether the United States will slide into something akin to the Great Depression of nearly 80 years ago. Certainly, there is real fear in the air, and at this writing, the current ... [click for more]

The New Deal and the Courts, Part 4

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 No matter who is appointed to replace retiring members of the Supreme Court, the larger issues will remain unchanged, as they have been for nearly seven decades — the New Deal Supreme Court has become a permanent fixture in our country. Changes brought about by Franklin Roosevelt’s ... [click for more]

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 When Janice Rogers Brown was renominated to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Court of Appeals this year, the New York Times demanded that Democrats filibuster her nomination, one of the reasons being that, in a speech to a gathering of conservative lawyers, Brown had called ... [click for more]

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The system of laws and courts in the United States today hardly resembles that system that came about in the wake of the founding of this republic. This sea change in the law is not due — as some might claim — to the complexities of ... [click for more]

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In the next few years of the George W. Bush administration, it is almost certain that there will be a number of contentious battles between Democrats and Republicans and between the White House and the U.S. Senate over certain federal court nominees. While the issues will ... [click for more]

Connect the Dots

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Pop quiz! Two questions! Exam Question No. 1: What two characteristics do the following things have in common? Social Security Medicare Drug War War on Terrorism War in Iraq Education Budget Deficit U.S. Dollar Can’t figure out the answer? Here are some clues: • Social Security is nothing more than a bankrupt welfare program, one that is funded ... [click for more]

Robbing Peter to “Prime the Pump”

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If Franklin Roosevelt were alive today, he’d want to shake the hand of California governor Gray Davis. Why? The good governor dreams of an economic recovery plan that FDR, the old socialist himself, would easily identify as a page out of his own failed Keynesian dream. In a January 7 ... [click for more]
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