Admittedly, Hoover did try some things to alleviate the affects of the Depression, but he tied it too much to the argument of "let the market heal itself" which in the end is doing nothing at the same time, and in a sense contributed to the problems that came out of the 1929 crash.
"I accuse the present administration of being the greatest spending administration in all our history. It is an administration that ha piled bureau on bureau, commission on commission, and has failed to anticipate the dire needs of and the reduced earning power of the people."
Mr. Hoover has long since abandoned his old faith in rugged individualism. His platform is a document of indefatigable paternalism. Its spirit is that of the Great White Father providing help for all his people. Every conceivable interest which has votes is offered protection, or subsides, or access of some kind in the Treasury."