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  1. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 3 years ago

    The economic argument that debt is causing recession is gaining massive real-life examples to the contrary.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    The study on which many austerity plans were built was found to have mistakes. The young man who discovered the mistakes and brought them to everyone’s attention shows that severe austerity and focus on debt is not necessarily the best way to rebuild the economy. I’m tempted to look for the links, but so many people already have made up their minds, I doubt they would be read.
    Money represents goods and services. Beyond that, it doesn’t exist. When disasters strike, a bar of gold is worthless next to a loaf of bread and a case of clean water.
    The disasters are striking. Who has the money?
    There are things the gov’t can do to create short term jobs that will result in longterm jobs and improved quality of life. Sadly, our legislators care more about the next election than dealing with our nation’s problems. Please write to your elected officials and ask them to get back to work.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    As usual, a valuable post. My only cynical suggestion: I think you are being generous asking us to ask our representatives to get back to work. This would assume they once did work, and I am not convinced this has happened.

    I tell my Congressman routinely to go to work. He routinely writes back about how happy he is to do nothing of consequence.

  4. Dr Lou

    Dr Lou GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    An EXCELLENT cartoon!

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Our own recent history (recent as history goes) shows that FDR’s attempt at austerity and tax increases caused a recession in the midst of a slow recovery to the Great Depression and caused a continuance of same. Those who fail to learn etc. Had we gone for mild austerity only or minor tax increase only things might be different now. For better or worse? Who knows. What Congress should have known is what didn’t work before.

  6. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 3 years ago

    @mikefive

    The problem isn’t rooted in failure to understand history as much as a belief that poor people need to be punished for being poor.

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 3 years ago

    @mikefive

    What you state is true about the mini depression in the middle of the Great Depression which occurred in 1936 when FDR understandably, but foolishly, tried to throw an olive branch to the Republicans of his time (and Obama has paid almost the same for his efforts in the same direction). Of course, being the incredibly intelligent man that he was, he soon saw the folly of that, and went back to what was already working so well for his fellow Americans!


    As for those ultra conservatives that always are stating that it was not FDR’s policies (many of which were indeed actually Herbert Hoover’s ideas, but he was far to damaged and uncharismatic to put them though), but WWII that brought this country out of the Great Depression. All that I can state is that their lack of a true knowledge of American History is depressing, to say the least. When FDR first took office in 1932 the unemployment rate stood at 24.3 %, but by the time we actually entered WWII at the end of 1941 that rate was already down to about half of that original number. If we had not been greatly coming out of the Great Depression, we could never have become the “Arsenal of Democracy” that we became during WWII, and Hitler and Tojo (while probably still not winning WWII) could very easily have dragged WWII out much further than its end in 1945.


    What many of our more conservative posters do not seem to realize is that FDR is the only president whose face should be on that monument on Mt. Rushmore, beside the four other of our greatest presidents of our long and varied history, that are already immortalized on that monument. Heck, my own parents, who were died-in-the-wool Republicans voted for FDR all four times of his presidency, because he was the best president they had ever seen at that time. So, I would at least advise even our more ultra conservative on here to never bad mouth FDR to anyone still alive from that truly “Great Generation”. That is, unless you would enjoy laying on the floor wondering what hit you!!

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Hello Mike.
    FDR’s programs were aided by WW2’s construction boom. I have read conflicting studies that argue about whether “the New Deal” would have worked as it did if we had not been selling supplies to England and other nations at war with Japan, Italy, and Germany and then actively fighting in the war.
    It is hard to prove a negative.
    Thank you for your continuous well referenced comments and the excellent tone you always bring to the table.
    Now, if I could only get you some visine. Your eyes look AWFUL! ;)
    @Robert Landers – I wrote and submitted the above before I saw your own excellent post. Just wanted to thank you for the additional info, and your own efforts to keep the debates on a level and civil playing field.
    ^
    Take care neighbors.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 3 years ago

    I suggest you read some history instead of making it up. Economists agree that FDR’s actions — which were NOT his original idea, by the way — helped pull us out of the Depression.
    As for your assertion about his fundamentally changing the US, um, no. He did FAIL to pack the Supreme Court, you know, and in fact there was no limit to the number of justices, so he was Constitutionally entitled to do so.
    Every war puts more power into the presidency. This is a bad thing. You should have been paying attention to the Bush administration, which introduced most of the recent “Imperial Presidency” nonsense that Obama has taken advantage of.
    No one — NO ONE — has voted for “unlimited government.” But some idiots have voted for “no government,” which would have meant we would have lost WWII. For the record.

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