The New Deal – Was It A Good Deal? Essay

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Why would a country spend enormous amounts of money and place military lives on the line to fight against communism; and then that same country would begin to implement programs and legislation within their own country that would ultimately lead to a governing body comparable to communism? This question is complex; yet the answer is revealed when the United States of America finds itself in this exact situation. Government expansion into the lives of American citizens is consistent with the common principles underlying communism and socialism—the very principles the United States of America was fighting against in the Cold War. At a time when the Great Depression had ravaged America, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted various…show more content…
Robert Taft refers to the New Deal in the book American Dreams with the following words: “Whatever may be said for them as emergency measures, their permanent incorporation into our system would practically abandon the whole theory of American government and inaugurate what is, in fact, socialism.”1 Taft's words are chilling and truer now than ever before. The New Deal programs may have seemed like a “good deal” but the implementation of these government-controlled programs forced Americans into a form of bondage to the government. Understanding the definition of communism will support the claim that the New Deal programs began to set the stage for a communist groundwork. Merriam-Webster defines “communism” in the following ways: 1 a: a theory advocating elimination of private property; 1 b: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed; 2 capitalized a: a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; c: a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and the economic goods are distributed equitably 2 The Social Security Act passed was one of the programs implemented by the New Deal in 1935. The program created a structure of retirement pensions for citizens, unemployment insurance, and welfare benefits for the country’s poor and
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