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  •  Consevative talking point about World War II. (10+ / 0-)

    There are some conservatives who say that Roosevelt got into World War II because he couldn't find any projects to spend New Deal money on, so he needed a war to bring unemployment down.

    The reality is that most railroads could have used substantial sums to upgrade their facilities, electrify their lines and build new locomotives and cars. I seriously believe that if FDR had foreseen the war and built the New Deal around Home Front Preparedness, the railroads would have gotten a lot of help modernizing and straightening their lines, along with building new bridges and tunnels.  Similarly, many cities would have been able to build subways.

    There are other fields which could have contributed much to home front preparedness--including turnpikes and airports. On the whole, the aid to railroads and public transit would have outweighed the competing modes, and they would have emerged stronger after the war.

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    by Judge Moonbox on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 06:58:48 PM PDT

    •  Oh, and conservatives who ... (4+ / 0-)

      ... think that the primary element getting the US involved in World War II was something other than all of the Great Powers of the World being at full out, fight to the death WAR are living in some fantasy of a US floating in some alternate universe up above the lesser countries.

      Like the idiots in the Cheney White House who talked their absurd "we act and that forces others to react to us" bullshit, as they sent us into one reckless foreign adventure after the other, destroying the already decaying foundations of American Empire.

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      by BruceMcF on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:03:06 PM PDT

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    •  the CT around FDR & WW2... (6+ / 0-)

      ... originated with nazi-sympathizers who would have preferred that Hitler take over Europe, and that the US made peace with Hitler.  

      Anyone who thinks we shouldn't have gotten into WW2, with the exception of consistent principled pacifists, can and should be written off as a nut.  

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      by G2geek on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:34:55 PM PDT

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      •  Not the only CT. (3+ / 0-)
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        Some of the conspiracy theorists are old-school Navy men who couldn't accept that Adm. Kimmel could have been so unprepared for an attack, so they insist that someone in Washington must have withheld a critical piece of information.

        Still others didn't need to be Nazi sympathizers, they hated Roosevelt so viscerally that they couldn't let go of their hatred.

        But I will agree that they're not pacifists, they're nuts.

        Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are? -Paul Krugman

        by Judge Moonbox on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:16:12 PM PDT

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