Prior to the New Deal, the welfare system in America largely operated on the local and church level. Herbert Hoover believed government intervention unnecessary and therefore lost the 1932 election because the people wanted government involvement in the economy. Once Roosevelt became president, he redefined the welfare principles of America. Legislation like the Unemployment Relief Act (March 31, 1933), the Federal Emergency Relief Act (March 12, 1933), and the Social Security Act (August 14, 1933) gave government a front seat in the distribution of welfare. Today, welfare, in great amounts, comes from governmental agencies and services. Americans now rely on services like Social Security, and government aid no longer seems extreme or intrusive. Although churches and charities still contribute a great deal to today’s welfare system, Roosevelt’s New Deal changed how Americans viewed government intervention during stages of economic depression or recession. The American people now accept, and at times depend on, government welfare to get through tough financial times.