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Franklin Roosevelt is the young David Cameron – photo

WHEN we noticed that David Cameron is super sissy softy in the mould of Basil Fotherington-Thomas, a reader pointed us towards this photo of Franklin Roosevelt, the man whose New Deal saved the pastry industry and gave the battered sausage to the world. What pastry will Dave create? And will it be underdone..?

Here’s Davy…

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Posted: 29th, March 2012 | In: Politicians | Comment

End Uemployment Obama: Declare More Wars

JOHNATHAN Pearce notices how William Rees-Mogg is rewriting history. Note to Obama: unemployment falls in times of global conflict. Whisper it: does everyone need a job, much less want one? Some people are better at working than others – more productive; more efficient; more willing – so let them work.

Rees-Mogg “makes this statement in his generally admiring writeup on Roosevelt that is surely downright wrong. Not just a teeny-weenie bit wrong, but disastrously so for this whole argument:

In March 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated as president, he had to face the Slump. Unemployment was by then running at about 30 per cent. Roosevelt introduced the New Deal, based on an extensive programme of raising employment through public works. Unemployment did actually fall to about 5 per cent by the time of Roosevelt’s second election victory in 1936. There continued to be stumbles along the way, particularly in 1937.

“Well according to official US statistics referred to here, unemployment certainly did not fall anything like as low as that during FDR’s 1930s period in the White House, and then only dropped significantly once the Second World War started.”

And kept falling…

Posted: 9th, December 2008 | In: Money | Comment

Joe Biden Televises Roosevelt’s Great Depression

JOE Biden watches Roosevelt on Presdient Hoover’s TV:

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,” Biden told Couric. “He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”

As Reason’s Jesse Walker footnotes offer:

“And if you owned an experimental TV set in 1929, you would have seen him. And you would have said to yourself, ‘Who is that guy? What happened to President Hoover?'”

Joe Biden is Neil Kinnock…

Joe Biden Is Neil Kinnock Is Robert Kennedy

Posted: 24th, September 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (11)