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FDR did more harm than good

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Started: 4/6/2013 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ChristianPatriot

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This topic is based on FDR's New Deal It is a rather broad debate that you can talk about anything during his terms.
Rule 1: Challenger will go first
Rule 2: Do your Best
(Any other rules that may need to be created during the course of this debate may be considered)

Round 1: Introduction and Acceptance
Round 2-4: Presenting of arguments, and rebuttals.
Round 5:Final statements and Conclusion.
I await an opposition (dun dun duuuunh)
guesswhat101

Con

I accept your debate but am is this only about the New Deal only or is it about what he did over all four of his terms, New Deal inclusive?
Debate Round No. 1
ChristianPatriot

Pro

This debate will largely consist of his New Deal policies, but if you need to bring in additional evidence from other terms that is allowed as well.*
Opening Statement: FDR is possibly one of the worst presidents we have ever had. My reasoning behind it is because of his poor economic policies often called the "New Deal". Also his enlarging of the public sector didn't help either as his actions led to the unnecessary growth of the federal government.
(In case you didn't know round two is opening statements, then the actual arguments will be given during round )
guesswhat101

Con

I'm a little confused, is this about everything FDR did or just the New Deal and the subsequent effects?

Opening Statement: Forced into a situation by his predecessor who reacted poorly to the worst economic disaster in the history of the U.S., FDR did what no other man could have possibly done and expanded government power to drag America out of the depression. Soothing the public and also renewing their faith in the government in banks, FDR made sure the U.S. didn't collapse into anarchy and chaos.
Debate Round No. 2
ChristianPatriot

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ChristianPatriot forfeited this round.
guesswhat101

Con

So my opponent has forfeited...I'll give my brief reasons why FDR was a great president.

1. He saved the American banking system
FDR restored faith in the U.S. banking system with the Glass-Steagall Act and the subsequent creation of the FDIC.

2. He lifted the faith of the American people
During the depression as you can imagine, the morale of the American people was quite low. However, FDR's programs, like the CCC or the PWA, gave people a job and therefore, able to provide food and a home for their family. This was a huge boost to the American morale, as houses were being foreclosed left and right and 25% of Americans seeking jobs were unemployed.

3. Corrected injustices
FDR interfered in the private sector because he saw the abuses that were occurring. A prime example of this is in the Tennessee valley. One of the poorest parts of America, the people in this area were being charged exorbitant prices by the power companies. These people who were stuck in poverty were being charged by the power companies a ridiculous amount because the power companies knew the people had no other alternative. However, FDR created the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) which not only gave citizens jobs there building hydroelectric dams but also set the rate for electricity there at a very affordable rate.

Source: The American Pageant, 14th Edition
Debate Round No. 3
ChristianPatriot

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ChristianPatriot forfeited this round.
guesswhat101

Con

Um, no comment...
Debate Round No. 4
ChristianPatriot

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ChristianPatriot forfeited this round.
guesswhat101

Con

Can at least one person voted on this please? Vote Con
Debate Round No. 5
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