Roosevelt and Hoover

Roosevelt and Hoover - President Franklin D. Roosevelt is...

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Sheet1 Page 1 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is commonly thought of as a liberal and President Herbert C. Hoover as a conservative. The validity of these accusations, however, is uncertain. Before classifying each president in the categories of "liberal" and "conservative," it must first be understood wha t by each term. During the time of the Great Depression, a liberal was usually associated with "political equality, fre e speech, free assembly, free press, and equality of opportunity." It was directly derived from the word "liberty" whic h meant freedom. Today, the definition changes drastically. A liberal is someone who thinks government can solve problems, and someone who trusts government. They believe in more government spending (such as in social pl a are not turned off because of raised taxes, knowing full well the money taken away will do the country good. Fran k liberals believe in more government in the daily lives of people. Conservatives believe in directly the opposite of w h liberals do. They believe heavily in the free enterprise system (private ownership). Their economics rely on the th e supply and demand and profit motive. Their lassiez-faire policy was introduced in a book The Wealth of Nations b y Adam Smith. This economic policy can be seen directly in the rest of what conservatives believe in. They are res i s change, being strong believers of traditional values. They thought money should be spent on defense, not social p In a nutshell, they want government to stay out of people's lives. The modern definitions of each term will be used categorizing Roosevelt and Hoover. President Hoover, a strong believer in traditional values, can definitely be described as a conservative. His initial
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Chumchal during the Spring '08 term at Blinn College.

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