In the eyes of many American citizens the legislative measures enacted by the Roosevelt Administration to help bring an end to the recession were nothing more than “wild spending” and new taxes. The attitude of the cartoonist was that these programs simply aggravated the “hornet’s nest” that was the current economic downturn and increased the pressure on housewives, farmers and small businesses. Under the Roosevelt Administration the economy had been improving gradually but in 1938, the year in which this cartoon was published, there was sudden recession.
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