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  •  He was the right kind of guy... (1+ / 0-)
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    and we have no idea what he would propose if he was running today.

    The thing about FDR is that he was ready to take bold actions to alleviate the human suffering he encountered.

    2007 is not 1932.  The problems are not the same.

    At the worst point of the Great Depression, in 1933, one in four Americans who wanted to work was unable to find a job. Further, it was not until 1941, when World War II was underway, that the official unemployment rate finally fell below 10%. This massive wave of unemployment hit before a food stamp program and unemployment insurance existed. There were few government programs designed to help the poor or those in temporary difficulty. Further, most wives did not work, so if the husband lost his job, all income for that household stopped. An equivalent rate of unemployment today would cause less economic hardship because of the variety of programs (often inspired by the Great Depression) that cushion unemployment and poverty.

    •  I have an idea (4+ / 0-)
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      that if he was running today, the media would trivialize him and focus on his personality, or his haircut, or his marriage, and that a lot of people on the left would complain mightily that our "corrupt system" needed reforms that he wouldn't commit to.  Some might even say that his unwillingness to commit to specific fixes right now was too "careful" and "calculating" and that Americans were looking for "straight answers to tough questions" and FDR wasn't giving them.

      Face it, if HRC's vagueness is a sin, it is one of which FDR was guilty.

      "Calmer than you are."

      by Sheffield on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 06:25:45 PM PST

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    •  of course the problems aren't the same (1+ / 0-)
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      who said they were? But the political will for change is, I think, stronger than it's been since 1932.

      The Republican Party is neither pro-republic nor pro-party. Discuss!

      by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 06:35:44 PM PST

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