The Audacity of Patience

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					The Audacity of Patience
Mark Schmitt
The American Prospect; Dec 2008; 19, 12; Docstoc
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Description: While many good policies and necessary emergency measures were passed in the first 100 days of the New Deal, the innovations that lasted-those that defined politics until Reagan-came later, after FDR had consolidated power, forced the Supreme Court to accept a new set of assumptions about government's role in the economy, and won the 1934 mid-term election. To consolidate the broad coalition, Obama, like other reconstructive leaders, will have to challenge some of the assumptions and institutions that come from the old era, just as FDR couldn't make lasting change until he had broken the Supreme Court's prevailing beliefs about the limits to government involvement in the economy.
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