I am sick of hearing Republicans blather about how the market needs to be deregulated, Unions are bad, and how the New Deal didn't really work.
Anyway, how those three things are related is this; nobody Wanted to do these things. If employers weren't greedy assholes there would be no unions. Most people do not have grievances when they are, you know, being treated Fairly. Same with Regulation. Regulations, particularly those governing how much money people can make, do not come from fucking nowhere. Back in the late teens of the 20th century there was this little thing called the Great Depression. Basically the same sort of greedy assholes that are trying so hard to wreck us now wrecked us then. Those Regulations went into place to stop similar disasters from occurring in the future. In the early part of This century, Sarbanes-Oxley was drafted AFTER all those corporate scandals of the 90s. Would've been nice if we had something like that Before the disaster, but that's how it works.
However, the thing is Republicans always act like this stuff happens in a vacuum. Like a) there was no reason for it, and b) that there weren't Conservative-thinking people through all stages of history doing their best to stand in the way and water down these things. (Speaking of which, Sarbanes-Oxley was passed in 2002, so Kudos Republicans! I wonder how effective it is. Hmm....) Sure, there's the argument that the New Deal wasn't especially effective. However, there is also the argument, and in my mind a more credible one, that the New Deal would've been MORE effective if the conservatives of the time shut the fuck up about Tax Cuts and let it go through.