Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FDR didn't save America

This post by Mo Rage got me thinking. You should definitely read blogs by intelligent people you don't agree with much. It gives you perspective.

Capitalism and Profit aren't dirty words.

I guess you shouldn't let the facts get in the way of a good story. Sadly, the people like a good story.


PFL0W said...


You're good.

Thanks. That did make me laugh.

Thanks for the compliment.

Now, to clarify. I said FDR was " credited by most all historians and Americans with having saved the Republic."

What I didn't say was that FDR saved the Republic and for precisely the reasons you state. It isn't a "given" that he saved us at all. Historians don't agree.

However, a lot of what he did do was the correct thing to do--I'll say and stand behind that.

We did, in fact, need spending to pull us out of the Great Depression and the Conservatives and Republicans, at the time, were all against that.

They were against creating Social Security and they're against it to this day, in spite of its having been one of the most successful goverment programs in the history of the country.

Is it now bloated and loaded down with too much outlay? Yes.

But the fact is, it did what it was supposed to do for decades and was--and still is--very successful.

Thanks for the mention, compliment and smile.


Mo Rage

JOCOeveryman said...

I must have missed the word "most" :-)

Social Security in all fairness was a good program and all rhetoric aside I don't think you'd see many people vote to end it.....we do need to fix it though and nobody wants to means test it but we are gonna have to if we want to save it.

I was a good and fun exchange. Thanks. Enjoyed it.

I Travel for JOOLS said...

I got curious about how the people felt about FDR at the time. I knew he was loved as a wartime president, but I did not realize he absolutely creamed his opponents in every presidential election he ran in from the first to the last. Not saying his economic policies were right, but apparently the population did at the time. Interesting, isn't it.

JOCOeveryman said...

It is interesting. He was loved. He was a fascinating president in lots of ways.