The Great Depression

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I've always been a man who believes hoping a bad situation will "fix itself", should never be the solution to said dilemma. President Herbert Hoovers policy on "voluntarism", as opposed to Presidential elect, Franklin Roosevelt’s policy on government funding to improve the maladies of the distressed U.S citizen; would have deterred me as a voter, for republican re-election. Additionally, I can indubitably see myself as an advocate for the common mans plight (no matter what class I belonged to); rather than Herbert Hoover’s tenet on helping big business, in hopes that in turn they would help out their employees. Also, the high tariffs placed on foreign imports during the Hoover administration would have contradicted with my views of foreign policy, which are, "help ourselves by helping others"; undoubtedly Herbert Hoover forgot his "prime the pump" strategy when it came to financial trade with Europe. Roosevelt’s "New Deal" accompanied by his 3 R's (relief, recovery, and reform), favor what I think the country needs at this period in time. It’s time for a new direction, one that involves immediate financial action for the common citizen; I vote for Roosevelt.

When you think of President Hoover, you unfairly although not without good reason, think of Hoovervilles, Hoover blankets, Hoover flags, etc. Herbert Hoover wasn't a bad president, when he took office; the United States was still reaping the benefits of the roaring twenties. The Great Depression hit rather suddenly, but Herbert Hoover’s policy on "rugged individualism" didn't ease the pains felt by the many homeless Americans who needed immediate relief; instead he chose to aid business's first by establishing the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Corporations pr...

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...t helped spread jobs for unemployment; and it also gave laborers the right to organize and choose their own representatives.

In conclusion, my reasons for voting for Franklin Roosevelt are clear, he objected to voluntarism, supported the people rather than business, advocated for a lower tariff; and enticed the people with needed reforms expressed through the "New Deal". Herbert Hoover was a victim of unpredictable unfortunate events, in the years leading up to, and post World War 1, he shined as a very passionate humanitarian, and intelligent economic strategist. In times of hardships it's easier to lay the blame on one rather than all, and if i had lived in those times i undoubtedly would have felt the same way as the rest of the nation. I quote President Truman’s philosophy, "the buck stops here"; the responsibility lies within the oval office.
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