Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

We are spending altogether too much money for government services which are neither practical nor necessary. In addition to this, we are attempting too many functions and we need a simplification of what the Federal government is giving the people.

 
Context
Most people are surprised that this quotation was from Roosevelt who has for decades been castigated by the right wing as an advocate of large, complex government. He was an advocate for eliminating ineffective programs and trying others until there was success. See {631419}. Also, his most successful programs like Social Security were very simple and not complex. The public could understand them.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Born: January 30, 1882
  • Died: April 12, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which realigned American politics into the Fifth Party System and defined American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II. He is often rated by scholars as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.