There was a direct correlation to the health of the economy and how much the gov spent in the 30s and 40s. The recession was ending before WW2. The claim that it didn't is as untrue as the claim that Clinton had a surplus when he didnt.
Back on topic, there is plenty spending to be cut. We have both a spending and revenue problem. The recession caused a major loss of revenue. Obama offered to cut mandatory spending and raise taxes on the upper %.
In debt talks, Obama offers Social Security cuts - The Washington Post
He is the only one being reasonable about this. Congressional Dems and Repubs refused to make any hard decisions.
Also this 3.7T budget that was voted down 97-0 was never supposed to pass in the first place. It was a requirement of proposing a budget to congress. Obama was working on a better deficit reduction plan at the time. Its easy to blame the president but Obama is this country's best chance to reduce spending on mandatory programs.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
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It was partially due to the War. FDR allowed much of the New Deal to be killed by congress in order to divert resources to the war. FDR died and Truman was not as popular as FDR. With slim majorities, due in large part to conservative southern Democrats, and the failure of the New Deal, Truman was not able to pass FDR's New Deal revival plans.
The Depression ended due to a brief repudiation of Keynesian ideas.
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