Do you think the New Deal programs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt went too far, not far enough, or were appropriate in fixing the faltering American economic structure?

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In a sense, Roosevelt's programs clearly did not do enough.  This is because the New Deal was not able to end the Great Depression.  The American economy did not get back to full health until the buildup for WWII started.  This implies that Roosevelt's programs did not go far enough.

On the other hand, conservatives argue that the programs failed because they went too far.  They say FDR should have allowed the economy to correct itself and that the recover would have gone faster if he had.

Personally, I think that FDR probably did about the right amount.  It was going to be horribly difficult to correct the Depression because it was such a huge downturn.  If he had tried to do too much more, he might have provoked real resistance from conservatives and even from moderates.

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