So what do you think? Did the New Deal fail? Did we even need the New Deal? Did the New Deal programs have a positive of negative longterm effect on our country? My personal opinion is that, yes, the New Deal failed. The popular misconception is that the New Deal brought us out of the Great Depression, but this is wrong and here's why. around 1936, 1937, the economy fell back into recession. Why? The stimulus for the economy had come from the government, not the people. The federal government realized it could not keep spending as much as it had been. When it stopped pouring money into the economy, the country fell back into recession/depression. The war was what ended the Great Depression. Also, I believe the programs have had a negative effect. They have made people too dependent on the government. Look how much money we have spent on the programs since then. Now look at how large our national debt is. Also, they are the reason for our high taxes. Anyway, what do you think?