Commenting about FDR, Congressman Austria said recently:
“When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression,” Austria said. “He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That’s just history.”
Most historians date the beginning of the Great Depression at or shortly after the stock-market crash of 1929; Roosevelt took office in 1933.
A sensitive reader of this blog suggested that I spend too much time ragging on the Repubs, but when they keep feeding the media with this kind clownery, I guess I'll keep turning the light on them.
And then, how about Eric Cantor, a Repub shining light, an up-and-coming leader, but an "aid" in his office sent out a profane video blasting unions:
Eric Cantor is the GOP's House whip and revered by GOPers as an up-and-comer. But an aide in his office pulled a Boehner Wednesday by sending Greg Sargent at talkingpointsmemo.com a profane video response to a union ad campaign pushing the stimulus package. Cantor aide Brad Dayspring stressed to Sargent that the video was meant as a joke. You know, parody. Ha-ha. Ho-ho ... millions of people losing their jobs ... hee-hee ...
Do they not understand that they are a party in decline, a part in exile, on their way out?
That every parody of America's hard times, every thoughtless comment about FDR and history, will only alienate them further from whatever constituency they might have left - other than some hardcore ideologues.
Anyway, I'm hopeful about our nation, that's for sure, and I hope that the bankers appearing before congress today and the peanut company in Georgia may finally be getting the real picture: we are nation of laws, a nation of the people, by the people and for the people - not for some self-appointed royalty and their political toadies.
Is isn't going to be easy shedding the Reagan legacy - of low taxes and high spending, borrowing from foreign powers, outsourcing jobs and destroying unions, using the military wantonly to further some strange Neo-Con dream of American world-domination and despoiling the environment.
But we will do it.
We've done it before, and we'll do it again.