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Reply #130: Totally UNTRUE: "FDR had a Democratic majority in Congress that dwarfed that which we have now." [View All]

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2 Much Tribulation Donating Member (522 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-18-10 02:53 PM
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130. Totally UNTRUE: "FDR had a Democratic majority in Congress that dwarfed that which we have now."
Edited on Thu Feb-18-10 03:00 PM by 2 Much Tribulation
FDR was first elected in 1932, along with a Republican MAJORITY in the Senate of 49-48, and 1 Farmer-Labor. When FDR decided to run in 1931 it was a huge Republican majority in the Senate of 56-39, and 1 Farmer-Labor.

FDR went right to work on the New Deal anyway.

The reaction? The "traditional" loss of seats in the first off-year election? Hell, no.

The 59th Congress shifted in a landslide to 59 Democrat, 36 Republican and 1 Farmer-Labor.

Then what happened as the New Deal set in?

74th Congress (1935-1937)

Majority Party: Democrat (69 seats)

Minority Party: Republican (25 seats)

Other Parties: 1 Farmer-Labor; 1 Progressive


AND THEN FOUR TERMS HAPPENED FOR FDR. It doesn't appear WWII was necessary for that really at all.


75th Congress (1937-1939)

Majority Party: Democrat (76 seats)

Minority Party: Republican (16 seats)

Other Parties: 2 Farmer-Labor; 1 Progressive; 1 Independent

Total Seats: 96

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76th Congress (1939-1941)

Majority Party: Democrat (69 seats)

Minority Party: Republican (23 seats)

Other Parties: 2 Farmer-Labor; 1 Progressive; 1 Independent

Total Seats: 96

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77th Congress (1941-1943)

Majority Party: Democrat (66 seats)

Minority Party: Republican (28 seats)

Other Parties: 1 Independent; 1 Progressive

Total Seats: 96
http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/one_item_and_t...

The New Deal comprised the economic programs passed by Congress during the first term of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to his reelection in 1937. Few new programs were enacted after 1936, and many agencies were disbanded during World War II. The programs were responses to the Great Depression, and focused on what historians call the 3 Rs: relief, recovery and reform. That is, relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy to normal levels, and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression. The New Deal produced a political realignment, making the Democratic party the majority, with its base in liberal ideas, big city machines, and newly empowered labor unions. The Republicans were split, either opposing the entire New Deal as an enemy of business and growth, or accepting some of it and promising to make it more efficient. The realignment crystallized into the New Deal Coalition that dominated most American elections into the 1960s, while the opposition Conservative Coalition largely controlled Congress from 1937 to 1964.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal


The conservative coalition remained a thorn in FDRs side at all times, and he proposed the New Deal with a Republican majority in the Senate as well. There's no excuse for lack of political leadership.

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