What should government do when regulators fail to control citizens? Why, hire more regulators, of course! What should government do when government inspectors fail to inspect the farms and properties of citizens? Why, hire super-inspectors to inspect the inspectors, of course.
In order to frame the discussion of the New Deal properly, it’s important to begin by looking at Franklin Roosevelt’s four terms as President—and the years preceding his first election in 1932—and separating historical facts from the many mistaken popular myths that continue to be widely circulated today.
One of the most nefarious modern myths, which has wreaked incalculable damage to freedom in the United States, is the mistaken belief that free markets, free enterprise, and capitalism caused the problems of the Great Depression, and that government programs solved them. The opposite is true: Government policies and programs, in large measure, caused the Depression. Free markets and free enterprise lifted Americans out of the Depression.