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The pragmatist Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the business elitist Herbert Hoover both believed they possessed the best remedy for Americas depression The issue of these former presidents political spectrum standing has been throughly argued Yet it is quite obvious who possessed more liberal ideas and wanted to change the government versus more conservative ideas and wished to keep the government the same Though both Hoover and Roosevelt often exhibited ideas which reflected the opposite of their original standpoints Hoover was primarily conservative while Roosevelt was primarily liberal The conservative republican Herbert Hoover believed in the lazze faire ideals of capitalism and that the federal government should stay out of the economy Anything besides this lassie faire attitude would bring about to much change and would part with the public interest as suggested by Hoovers candidate speech However with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the depression getting worse everyday Hoover needed to do something Yet even in this desperate time he was not willing to take a liberal stand of change rather retained his conservatism as suggested by his second annual message to Congress In which Hoover states that the government should not intervene but suggest businesses to voluntarily cooperate with the effort to raise the economic status of the fallen America However Hoover did advocate some change and reform within his presidential reign as displayed in his statement to the press in 1931 where he advocates loans to help agriculture Yet these changes all functioned within the businesses wishes and the republican idea of limited government spending directly for the people as seen on the US Bureau of the Census which shows the limited government spending during Hoovers administration Thus Hoovers small contribution to change the government to provide direct aid during the depression proves his primary conservative attitude Liberal democrat Franklin Roosevelt realized that his administration time was one of economic social and political desperation Desperate times according
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