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The Truth About Taxes | 1940 Republican Campaign Film for Presidential Candidate Wendell Willkie

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Published on 26 Apr 2021 / In News & Politics

This classic video – originally titled as "The Truth About Taxes" – is a 1940 campaign film for United States presidential candidate Wendell Willkie which argues that President Roosevelt’s New Deal policies waste money and weaken the nation. the film encourages more spending on national defense, discusses the national debt and deplores the hiring of many new government workers. Although not mentioned by name, it also warns against Roosevelt’s lust for power (a third presidential term). The film was produced by the Republican National Committee.Wendell Willkie appears in the film at 9:55HISTORICAL BACKGROUND / CONTEXTWendell Willkie:Wendell Lewis Willkie (1892 - 1944) was an American lawyer and corporate executive, and the 1940 Republican nominee for President. The Republican Party tapped Willkie to run against President Franklin D. Roosevelt, even though Willkie was a former Democrat. To capitalize on strong isolationist sentiment in the country, Willkie`s principal campaign theme was opposition to U.S. involvement in World War 2. Another of his major campaign strategies was to stand against the New Deal, arguing that it was inefficient and wasteful. In the end, however, the president beat Willkie. On election day, FDR received 27 million votes to Willkie's 22 million, and in the Electoral College, Roosevelt buried Willkie 449 to 82. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term, taking 38 of the 48 states.For more information about Wendell Willkie, see:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_WillkieNew Deal:The New Deal was a domestic program of the administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939, which took action to bring about immediate economic relief as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, waterpower, labour, and housing, vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities. The term was taken from Roosevelt’s speech accepting the Democratic nomination for the presidency on July 2, 1932. Reacting to the ineffectiveness of the administration of President Herbert Hoover in meeting the consequences of the Great Depression, American voters the following November overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Democratic promise of a “new deal” for the “forgotten man.” Opposed to the traditional American political philosophy of laissez-faire, the New Deal generally embraced the concept of a government-regulated economy aimed at achieving a balance between conflicting economic interests.For more information about the New Deal, see:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_DealThe Truth About Taxes | 1940 Republican Campaign Film for Presidential Candidate Wendell WillkieTBFA_0197NOTE: THIS VIDEO IS ABOUT HISTORICAL EVENTS. THE VIDEO HAS BEEN UPLOADED WITH EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. ITS TOPIC IS REPRESENTED WITHIN HISTORICAL CONTEXT.

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