Republican efforts over the decades to discredit, diminish, and demean Roosevelt’s efforts to get the US out of the economy are still alive despite the fact that the depression was 3 years old before Roosevelt took office. Thye seem intent of reliving their flawed version of history
Hoover 1930 “Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury,”
Boehner 2009 “Our plan is rooted in the philosophy that we cannot borrow and spend our way back to prosperity,”
See: The New Republic, “Wasting Away in Hooverville” by Jonathan Chait
Post Date Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A generation ago, the total dismissal of the New Deal remained a marginal sentiment in American politics. Ronald Reagan boasted of having voted for Franklin Roosevelt. Neoconservatives long maintained that American liberalism had gone wrong only in the 1960s. Now, decades after Democrats grew tired of accusing Republicans of emulating Herbert Hoover, Republicans have begun sounding … well, exactly like Herbert Hoover. When President Obama recently met with House Republicans, the eighty-two-year-old Roscoe G. Bartlett told him that “I was there” during the New Deal, and, according to one account, “assert[ed] that government intervention did not work then, either.” George F. Will, speaking on the Sunday talk show “This Week,” declared not long ago, “Before we go into a new New Deal, can we just acknowledge that the first New Deal didn’t work?”
For Repubs. 1932 Deja vu all over again?