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Law professor evaluates President Obama's legislative agenda

August 5, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor Mitch Crusto led a discussion among law professors on President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2011 Annual Conference in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on July 26.

Crusto’s presentation, titled “Obama’s Legislative Agenda: the Great Society or the New Socialism,” explored the nature of European democratic socialism and American socialism under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and how legislation passed during the Obama administration measures up to these socialist models.

Crusto noted that critics’ labeling of Obama as a socialist is a distraction from analyzing the real issues facing the nation in light of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Crusto believes that the Obama administration’s legislative agenda, including the passage of a $862 billion economic stimulus bill, a landmark $940 billion, 15-year universal health care bill, and a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street and financial services regulations, fails to live up to socialist ideals. Crusto concluded that despite his critics’ socialist labeling, President Obama’s legislation exhibits the work of a pragmatic moderate.

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