FDR's New Deal faced similar backlash as Green New Deal, historian says

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

/ CBS News

The inspiration behind the Green New Deal

A historian believes the backlash provoked by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal bears resemblance to the opposition President Franklin Roosevelt faced when he implemented his sweeping New Deal economic and labor reforms during the Great Depression. "FDR faced exactly the kinds of criticisms and challenges that the Green New Deal faces today," historian and author Steve Fraser told CBSN's Elaine Quijano on "Red & Blue" Wednesday.

Although the Green New Deal appeares to have garnered significant support within the Democratic ranks — including some high-profile 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls — Republicans have branded the proposal a fringe policy goal and many centrist Democrats have not backed the initiative.

But Fraser said the opposition is expected given the bold nature of the proposal, noting that the New Deal agenda faced similar accusations.

"One, that the kind of government intervention and government spending that Roosevelt recommended would bankrupt the economy and bankrupt the government, which is the accusation being leveled against the Green New Deal," Fraser said. "The second criticism was that it was too radical. That it was socialist. And we heard the president the other day describe this socialist threat to the country. FDR faced both of those kinds of accusations. The new deal faced them. And in both cases, they turned out to be wrong."

The Green New Deal includes broad progressive policy goals aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels and investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind. The bill's authors hope it will spark new large-scale job creation.

Fraser said the Green New Deal, like the New Deal in its time, could help the Democratic Party attract working-class voters into its electoral coalition. The key, he added, is for the U.S. government to play a major role in sponsoring large infrastructure projects designed to mitigate climate change.

First published on February 13, 2019

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Historian: New Deal faced similar backlash as Green New Deal

Steve Fraser said President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" reforms were also accused of being far-fetched socialist proposals

updated 10M ago

Illinois lawmakers pass two bills to "modernize" abortion laws

The bills are part of a handful around the country that addresses abortion, spurred by uncertainty surrounding the fate of Roe v. Wade

1H ago

Omar, Venezuela envoy clash on U.S. meddling in Latin America

Elliott Abrams, the State Department's special representative to Venezuela, was involved in controversial foreign policy decisions during the Cold War

updated 9M ago

Judge seeks documents in Puerto Rico tutoring program investigation

Territory's Department of Education said unidentified documents sought by the court are from 2011 to 2013, before Julia Keleher was appointed in 2016

3H ago

Judge rules Manafort lied to investigators, violating plea deal

A federal court considered whether the former Trump campaign chairman lied to the government after he had agreed to cooperate with its Russia investigation

updated 9M ago

Historian: New Deal faced similar backlash as Green New Deal

Steve Fraser said President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" reforms were also accused of being far-fetched socialist proposals

updated 10M ago

Trump installed $50K golf simulator system in residence

A White House official said President paid for the installation personally, but has not yet used it

1H ago

Illinois lawmakers pass two bills to "modernize" abortion laws

The bills are part of a handful around the country that addresses abortion, spurred by uncertainty surrounding the fate of Roe v. Wade

1H ago

Omar, Venezuela envoy clash on U.S. meddling in Latin America

Elliott Abrams, the State Department's special representative to Venezuela, was involved in controversial foreign policy decisions during the Cold War

updated 9M ago

Judge rules Manafort lied to investigators, violating plea deal

A federal court considered whether the former Trump campaign chairman lied to the government after he had agreed to cooperate with its Russia investigation

updated 9M ago

Omar, Venezuela envoy clash on U.S. meddling in Latin America

Elliott Abrams, the State Department's special representative to Venezuela, was involved in controversial foreign policy decisions during the Cold War

updated 9M ago

House passes bill to limit U.S. involvement in Yemen

The Trump administration has provided military assistance to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen

5H ago

Prada forms diversity council after blackface outrage

The move follows accusations of racism in the luxury fashion world

6H ago

African black leopard captured in rare photos

Will Burrard-Lucas​ snapped these stunning photos of the wild leopard during a safari in Kenya

5H ago

Former Air Force officer charged with espionage

The U.S. accused Monica Witt of revealing highly classified information to Tehran

4H ago

These A-listers are the most stylish stars, according to People

Ahead of the Academy Awards, People has released its list that also includes Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Donald Glover

4H ago

Disney reveals first look at "Frozen 2"

Fans get their first look at the highly-anticipated "Frozen 2," and it appears the cast is far from where they started

7H ago

3 women share role of Cher on Broadway. They call it "Cherapy."

The lead role is played by three actresses who represent the different stages of Cher's life

10H ago

George Clooney defends Meghan Markle after treatment by press

"I believe she cried more to do with the press intrusion than anything else in her life," Prince William has said about their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales

13H ago

21 Savage granted release on bond from ICE custody, lawyers say

The Atlanta-based rapper was arrested by ICE on Feb. 3

Feb 12

Apple lawyer who oversaw insider trading policy charged with insider trading

Former attorney at the tech giant allegedly drew on non-public earnings information to cash in

6H ago

Rover bites the dust on Mars, ending 15-year mission

NASA officially terminates the Mars Opportunity mission eight months after losing contact with the rover

3H ago

African black leopard captured in rare photos

Will Burrard-Lucas​ snapped these stunning photos of the wild leopard during a safari in Kenya

5H ago

T-Mobile, Sprint CEOs insist merger would benefit consumers

Proposed $26 billion union of U.S. wireless carriers would lower costs and create jobs, executives say

7H ago

T-Mobile, Sprint execs defend $26.5 billion deal to lawmakers

The telecom executives are likely to face a skeptical audience and concerns about lack of competition

12H ago

CDC warns about potentially contaminated raw milk

A dangerous drug-resistant bacteria is connected the consumption of raw milk​ in 19 states

5H ago

Eating these kinds of foods may cut your life short

New research suggests certain foods high in salt, sugar and other additives may increase the risk of early death

5H ago

Depression during and after pregnancy can be prevented, panel says

Up to 1 in 7 women experience what's called perinatal depression, and a task force has issued new recommendations to help prevent it

12H ago

Drugmaker behind ibuprofen recall has history of FDA violations

Federal watchdog previously found significant violations of manufacturing rules by Tris Pharma

12H ago

How to confront rising anxiety among young girls

Psychologist Lisa Damour offers practical advise on how adults can help address the "unique pressures" girls face

16H ago

5 problems with a $22 trillion national debt

There's no precedent for debt this high during an economy this good, raising several troublesome issues

4H ago

Record number of Americans behind on car loan payments: Fed

There are now 1 million more people behind on payments by three months than there were in 2010

4H ago

Prada forms diversity council after blackface outrage

The move follows accusations of racism in the luxury fashion world

6H ago

Apple lawyer who oversaw insider trading policy charged with insider trading

Former attorney at the tech giant allegedly drew on non-public earnings information to cash in

6H ago

T-Mobile, Sprint CEOs insist merger would benefit consumers

Proposed $26 billion union of U.S. wireless carriers would lower costs and create jobs, executives say

7H ago

Apple lawyer who oversaw insider trading policy charged with insider trading

Former attorney at the tech giant allegedly drew on non-public earnings information to cash in

6H ago

Gunman kills wife at dentist's office, gets shot by bystander

Armed bystander shoots gunman, detains him, waits for police to arrive, police say

8H ago

White supremacist gang in Arkansas accused of brutal tactics

Group called "reprehensible in its admiration for Nazi imagery and racist views, but even more alarming are the crimes and violence perpetrated by these defendants"

6H ago

Ohio State student and her kidnapper killed in police chase

Female student from Ohio State University campus, man suspected of abducting her both die after police chase, shooting

6H ago

One year after Parkland shooting, survivors continue push for change

Survivor Lauren Hogg tells CBSN activism "gives me a reason to get up every single morning"

9H ago  Original Article