Beginning in 1929, the United States saw one of its worst economic recessions, which was caused by overproduction with little demand. At the time, president Herbert Hoover assured the public that the Great Depression would only affect stockholders and that the economy would fix itself through his laissez-faire policy. However, after Hoover lost the election in 1932 to FDR, this changed and government intervention in economic affairs greatly increased, whether it be through FDR’s infamous fire chats or his recovery plan, the New Deal. While New Deal programs did initiate many new agencies that helped the economy, the economy was in large part healed by the direct governmental actions of FDR and his credibility among the American people, which changed the executive government’s role in the economy for years to come. Throughout the First New Deal, FDR assured the public that through government action, the economy would find its way to a state of normalcy. For example, in one of the first fireside chats, he asked the public to redeposit its savings into banks, which not only helped the banks but also built on FDR’s credibility among his followers and showed that the government was willing to help the public directly. FDR also initiated various programs, such as the PWA and CCC to help industries as well. However, the First New Deal was looked down upon by many, such as Senator Huey Long, who was one of many that blamed corporate greed for the Depression and believed that government policy toward businesses was too favorable. The Supreme Court also began to dismantle some New Deal programs, such as the NIRA, claiming that the codes on which it was established were unconstitutional as it empowered the executive branch to set regulations rather than Congress. In response, FDR argued that the Depression, like war, called for an expansion of the executive branch and attempted to “pack the court” with Supreme Court judges who supported his policies, though this was rejected by Congress. Worried that his Second New Deal would see the same fate, FDR drafted the Judicial Reorganization Bill in 1937, which allowed him to name new federal judges and this worked out to his benefit, as many judges retired soon after and he was able to replace them with “excellent new appointments” (1). Hence, the Supreme Court, which now had more liberal judges, was strengthened along with the executive branch of the government, which greatly expanded its power and as shown in the editorial, was far better organized than it was at the beginning of the New Deal. This shows that while FDR’s New Deal programs themselves boosted the economy, his governmental actions (e.g. appointment of Supreme Court judges) and the trust that he built among the American population led to an overall expansion of the executive branch’s power and that the Great Depression changed the role that the government played in domestic affairs for years to come.