Although the immediate threat to economic disaster had disappeared, the long-term potential for damage, insult, and injury was still more than present in our nation's economy. Roosevelt was aware of this, and starting in 1936 he doubled the funding available for New Deal programs.

Roosevelt won by a landslide against his Republican competitor.

As successful as these programs were, they were gathering mounting criticism from Republicans, most of whom had already forgotten the clear and present danger of four years past. Unwilling to spend any more money than they possibly had to, they assailed his programs as wasting money on a depression-turned-recession which would eventually recover.

Roosevelt was even losing backing from his fellow Democrats. Roosevelt had saved the country, but had also spent a truly prodigious amount of money doing it. He had raised debt, and the country's politicians were getting sick of the expenditure of money. Therefore, Roosevelt began to scale back his New Deal programs. He came to accept that all things must pass, and he was mature enough to realize that. Besides, larger problems were on the horizon.

Roosevelt had taken notice of the recent election of the German dictator Adolf Hitler, and he had also noticed his aggressive stance. The horrors of World War I were fresh in the minds of all Europeans, especially the Germans. The Treaty of Versailles had made the Germans pay dearly for their loss, to the tune of $33 billion dollars, roughly equivalent to $9 trillion in today's money. This had created an incredibly hostile sentiment among the German people. Hitler nurtured that fire and bended it to his will.

Also, a new specter on the world scene by the name of Josef Stalin had taken power in Russia by means of a bloodless coup which involved the expulsion of his chief rival Leon Trotsky to Siberia. Like Hitler, Stalin had also risen to power under mysterious circumstances and did not seem to be a trustworthy individual.

When Hitler began to question the authority of Czechoslovakia to rule its own country, and British Prime Minister Chamberlain backed down in retreat and permitted him, the world was awakened to the new threat hounding them. From there, FDR knew that it would only be a matter of time before another war in Europe.