There were two major criticisms of the programs of the New Deal. One set of criticisms came from the right of the political spectrum. According to this group of critics, the New Deal was a major step towards socialism. Conservatives did not believe that the government should get involved in the economy. Therefore, they disliked the New Deal. Meanwhile, there were critics on the left like Dr. Francis Townsend and Huey Long. These critics believed that the New Deal was not doing enough to help the poor. They would have preferred a much more radical approach in which the government did more to take from the rich and give to the poor. In these ways, the New Deal was criticized from both right and left.