Who was a better President? Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan
The historical champion of american liberalism vs the historical champion of american conservatism
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FDR helped the poor, RR helped the rich
FDR led us through a depression, RR lead us deeper into a recession
FDR fought the forces of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, RR falsely took credit for breaking up the USSR
FDR gave relief to minorities, RR painted them as second class citizens whom live off welfare
FDRs New Deal kept the poor from starving, Reganomics gave breaks to huge buisnesses who prey on the lower class
Roosevelt was behind the Manhattan Project, which basically led to the Cold War. Now we have threats of Nuclear warfare across the globe that could literally lead to the destruction of all civilization. All of this can be traced back to a decision that FDR made during his presidency.
While FDR was by no means perfect, he certainly did more than any other President in the history of the United States has done, to relieve the plight of the most vulnerable in society and ensure stability in the economy.
People often argue that the New Deal did not restore economic growth and vitality -- and they'd be right. However, the problem here was not that he was prescribing the wrong medicine, it was that he wasn't prescribing enough of it. In fact, like Obama today, he perhaps carried out a fatal mistake, in cutting back the role of the government in 1937, instead seeking a balanced budget to calm misguided inflationary fears. It was only after WW2, with huge stimulus spending, that America bounced back.
Nonetheless, when one looks at Glass-Steagal, the alphabet agencies, the efforts he made both to mitigate the instabilities of finance capital, and to ensure there were jobs and a relief for the long-term unemployed.
Reagan, on the other hand, began a process which has come to cripple the US economy. From deregulation to deunionisation, banks and businesses were allowed to operate as if they were bandits in the Wild West; meanwhile, worker's protections were all but stripped away, the false theory of monetarism became the dominant philosophy in how to run the economy, and -- lest we forget -- Reagan was a war criminal.
Many of the social ills we face today come from the sort of society and worldview Reagan and his proponents promoted, that remain to this day.
He was a better Politician and abuser of power.
In the end, this is all a president has to be to be deemed successful. ;)
FDR didn't really do anything remarkable and although the 'remarkable' things RR did perhaps had negative aftermaths, he actually bothered to do something and really put his neck out there for USA.
Better attitude, more assertiveness and extreme efficiency make RR the superior President. Corrupt or not, he is superior.
The New Deal paved the way for our monster government that we have today (not completely, the Federal Reserve also had to do with it). and while Ronald Reagan expanded the war on drugs, FDR made marijuana illegal for the first time. Sure, we can blame Congress or the Senate, but Reagan has just as much power as FDR when it comes to government's involvement with drugs.
Reagan and FDR are both kind of assholes, but i'd say Reagan was at least a bit less of an asshole due to his philosophy of "less" government, even though he expanded the military. FDR was more like "fuck you, government must grow... grow ... GROW!!!" which still exists in the minds of elitists and Fascists today.
Oh, right, and FDR detained Japanese, Italians, and Germans for being Japanese, Italian, or German.
Both were war mongers, but Reagan was more of a Bush style War monger, while FDR was more just responsible for the Manhattan Project "lol, you want to create something that could possibly blow a hole in our atmosphere? go ahead".
I'd say when it comes to comparing presidents, it makes more sense to ask "who was worse?"
The New Deal paved the way for our monster government that we have today
So you think the US would have been better off with the great depression for the rest of the 20th century, I hate to tell you this but Ayn Rand laissez faire capitalism is completely outdated if we had no regulations on businesses,if we had no Federal Reserve, if we had no National Industrial Recovery Act there would be no middle class, the middle class would simply be non existent! Don't believe me? The top 1% has 40% of the nations wealth, now just imagine laissez faire capitalism applied to that. case closed
The New Deal did not fix the economy. It actually slowed down economic recovery until the War increased debt and passed on the debt to future citizens.
Ayn Rand laissez faire capitalism is completely outdated if we had no regulations on businesses,if we had no Federal Reserve, if we had no National Industrial Recovery Act there would be no middle class, the middle class would simply be non existent! Don't believe me? The top 1% has 40% of the nations wealth, now just imagine laissez faire capitalism applied to that. case closed
Not sure if trolling, but here we go:
Ayn Rand did not create Laissez Faire Capitalism. In fact, she still supported government and the Federal Reserve. She supported Aristocracies. She was just more for economic liberty than the progressive movement of the time (and the Socialists from her home country.) Most Market Anarchist views do not come from Ayn Rand. She's just a philosopher/writer that is influential in our view-points, but there are plenty of things that she conflicts with Libertarians and Anarchists.
As for the rest, clearly the regulations and Federal Reserve have failed considering that the top 1% has 40% of the nation's wealth. Don't believe me? You just said it.
FDR had a lot good ideas, but he is the classic Fascist liberal. He was elected four times, attempted to water down the supreme court, unsuccessfully tried to stifle dissent within the democratic party. Father Charles Coughlin is the classic example where FDR used his covert powers to crush his critics. If you did not have a blue New Deal sticker at your place of business, his undercover mob would make sure you did.