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Grinch, I would say that your historians need to do a little research before coming up with such results. The fact that they didn't is not favorable to them..If I had to guess, I would guess they come up with that supposition based on WW II and his friendship and cooperation with Winston Churchill. FDR was president when the Americans came to a war-torn England's aid. I suppose i would call him my favorite president, too, in such a case. As far as the other aspects of his presidency...
He was one of America's most controversial leaders. Conservatives claimed that he undermined states' rights and individual liberty. Leftists found him timid and conventional in attacking the Depression. Others thought him devious and inconsistent and uninformed about economics. Some of these claims were well founded. Though Roosevelt labored hard to end the Depression, he had limited success. It was not until 1939 and 1940, with the onset of heavy defense spending before World War II, that prosperity returned. Roosevelt also displayed limitations in his handling of foreign policy. In the 1930's he was slow to warn against the menace of fascism, and during the war he relied too heavily on his charm and personality in the conduct of diplomacy. http://www.grolier.com/wwii/wwii_roosevelt.html
What would Denise, or I, or anyone have done differently? I can't say. The country was in the midst of the greatest depression we had known. It's easy to Monday morning quarterback but it's different to be there in real-time. You mention that FDR must have been evil, then. That statement is invalid. Had he sat at his desk and said, "Let's figure out a way to keep the depression going for another seven years so people suffer more", then he would have been evil. I don't believe that of him. I believe he tried to what he felt was in the best interest of the country. Being a Democrat, he felt the answer lie in raising taxes, which he did (almost triple). What effect did this have? To quote from Denise's link.....
Excise taxes, personal income taxes, inheritance taxes, corporate income taxes, holding company taxes and so-called "excess profits" taxes all went up.
New Deal taxes were major job destroyers during the 1930s, prolonging unemployment that averaged 17%. Higher business taxes meant that employers had less money for growth and jobs. Social Security excise taxes on payrolls made it more expensive for employers to hire people, which discouraged hiring.
What about the good supposedly done by New Deal spending programs? These didn't increase the number of jobs in the economy, because the money spent on New Deal projects came from taxpayers who consequently had less money to spend on food, coats, cars, books and other things that would have stimulated the economy.
Higher business taxes - employers with less money for growth and jobs - taxpayers with less money to spend on things that would have stimulated the economy.......does any of this ring a bell with anything on the horizon today, Grinch? Obama would do well to study the effects of the New Deal before implementing some of the same ideas.
FDR was not evil...he was simply a Democrat, doing what Democrats do in moments of crisis - raise taxes. Obama is headed down the same road and with a good chance of achieving similar results.