New Deal, good deal?

FDR’s programs changed country for the better

Posted: February 3, 2013 at 2:27 a.m.

For eight decades, the debate over the relationship between the American people and their government has turned on the fulcrum of the New Deal, which redefined it so fundamentally. Yet by focusing on public spending and the future of the social safety net, the 2012 presidential campaign opened the New Deal to more scrutiny than it has faced in years.

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