Treading Lightly into a New 'New Deal'

Many are arguing for a new "New Deal" under President-Elect Obama. Economist Paul Krugman says there are many lessons -- good and bad -- Obama should learn from the first "New Deal" before taking the plunge.
November 12, 2008, 11am PST | Nate Berg
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"Barack Obama should learn from F.D.R.'s failures as well as from his achievements: the truth is that the New Deal wasn't as successful in the short run as it was in the long run. And the reason for F.D.R.'s limited short-run success, which almost undid his whole program, was the fact that his economic policies were too cautious."

"Progressives hope that the Obama administration, like the New Deal, will respond to the current economic and financial crisis by creating institutions, especially a universal health care system, that will change the shape of American society for generations to come."

"But the new administration should try not to emulate a less successful aspect of the New Deal: its inadequate response to the Great Depression itself."

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Published on Monday, November 10, 2008 in The New York Times
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