Roosevelt's Philosophy of Government
(Summary of basic points in "America Needs a New Deal Speech", 1932)
Roosevelt argues that there are "two ways of viewing the Government's duty....The first sees to it that a favored few are helped and hopes that some of their prosperity will leak through, sift through, to labor, to the farmer, to the small business man."
Roosevelt argues that conservatives believe that government should "help the favored few" and "hope that some of their prosperity will leak through...to labor, to the farmer, to the small business man."
Roosevelt argues that instead of just helping the favored few at the top of the pyramid, government should help all Americans and "ensure the greatest good to the greatest number of our citizens."
Roosevelt argues that government should consider "the top of the pyramid and the bottom of the pyramid together...that each and every one of them is dependent on every other....[We must provide] "relief to all at the same time."
Roosevelt argues that "while primary responsibility for relief rests with localities, now, as ever, yet the Federal Government has always had and still has a continuing responsibility for the broader public welfare. It will soon fulfill that responsibility."
Roosevelt concludes his speech with this promise:
"I pledge you, I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people."