Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Was FDR Our First Mentally Challenged President?

It's a totally true fact that the Democratic Party platform in 1932 advocated a 25% reduction in Federal expenditures AND FDR CAMPAIGNED ON THIS!!!!


Roosevelt and his running-mate, John Nance Garner, essentially took turns lambasting Hoover for his deficit/wasteful spending, insane levels of taxation, destructive tariff policies, and even went as far as to say that Hoover was leading the country down the road to socialism. Talk about a bait and switch, huh (the fact that FDR did a total 180 and turned into Hoover on steroids and as a result the Depression lasted until 1945; WW2 only masking it)?

Yes it is also a fact* that FDR's socialistic programs prolonged the great depression by many years. According to what I've read, this idea "was popularized by Amity Shlaes book The Forgotten Man. ...but has been repeatedly debunked for using a set of employment figures the were inaccurate (they excluded millions of people with jobs)" (source).

The Forgotten Man, classified by Depression historian Robert S. McElvaine, as "born-again Antisocial Darwinism", argues that FDR was NOT a total dipshit. Historian Matthew Dallek, who has called Amity Shlaes a "revisionist" with a "blind view of the New Deal". Historian Eric Rauchway points out that Shlaes ignored historical GDP easily available in the Historical Statistics of the United States.

And, finally, journalist Jonathan Chait of The New Republic wrote, "intellectual coherence is not the purpose of Shlaes' project. The real point is to recreate the political mythology of the period". (Source: Wikipedia/The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression/Reception). Ouch! That's a blow to Libertarian the Libertarian historical revisionism I subscribe to.

Libertarian revisionism that says FDR made the Great Depression worse. A false narrative I'm totally down with, BTW. Not because it isn't complete BS (which it is), but because as a brainwashed stooge I believe what Libertarian luminaries tell me to believe. According to the Mises Institute the FDR administration was so incredibly stupid that their "solutions" included a "collection of crackpot policies".

BTW, when I say that FDR was "mentally challenged", I mean he was a retard ("mentally challenged" being the politically correct way of saying retarded). FDR, who, due to his polio, suffered from permanent paralysis from the waist down. Frankly I'm thinking the paralysis was from the waist UP and he couldn't walk because of brain paralysis. This brain polio explains the moronic ideas he came up with for combating the Great Depression.

*not a fact.

Byline: This commentary was authored by Willis "I Love Strawmen" Hart. Purveyor of unfacts. LLIN-254.

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