Hale Stewart begins a series of posts looking at just how bad the Depression really was, and just what difference government intervention made. Instead of talking points, he is using data and facts. He begins his analysis with Milton Friedman's own description of just how bad the Depression really was.
Paul Krugman points to the underlying racial component in the last 30 years of Republican anti-government ideology, beginning with the words of Lee Atwater, always a candid source whether boasting after the latest victory or remorsefully confessing and repenting all on his deathbed.
My father hated FDR with a black passion (even though he was a kid during the New Deal and WWII). The New Deal was the Original Sin from which so much subsequent upheaval and decadence began. Roosevelt destroyed the greatness of Gilded Age America.
I used to remind my father of how much he hated FDR every time he deposited his Social Security check into his federally insured bank account.