Why did some people oppose the New Deal?


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Some conservatives opposed Roosevelt's New Deal because they believed it either gave too much power to the government or would not be effective. The three most influential opponents were Huey Long, Charles Coughlin and Francis Townsend.

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The New Deal aimed to reduce unemployment, begin welfare and reinvigorate the economy after the Great Depression with new government programs. Huey Long, a Louisiana senator, thought the New Deal was too conservative. He believed that the rich should be taxed higher so that every American family could be given a house, car and income. Charles Coughlin, a priest, thought the New Deal was communistic and wanted Roosevelt to inflate currency and nationalize banks. Francis Townsend, a retired physician, wanted a pension for every elderly citizen. The American Liberty League was group of New Deal opponents who saw the plan as socialist and attacked Roosevelt as an aspiring dictator.

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