Party like it’s 1932

posted at 7:31 pm on April 21, 2012 by Libby Sternberg

The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger recently pointed out the parallels between the campaign Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran in 1936 and the one being waged by President Barack Obama today.  It was a terrific column. I nodded my head at the various FDR phrases Henninger repeated, showing how President Obama is using variations on FDR’s jabs at big business, greed, and those who stood in the way of helping the needy. Yup, he pegged that one—Obama wants to use what he thinks was FDR’s strategy to win his own sophomore term.

But FDR said some things in his previous election battle that Republicans would nod their heads to today, and the campaign that springs to my mind when I view the 2012 contest is the 1932 match-up between challenger FDR and incumbent Herbert Hoover. Republicans could learn some things by studying it.

This parallel first occurred to me when Newt Gingrich was riding high after some great debate performances. When Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995, he referred to FDR several times, in complimentary tones. For good or ill, FDR was a man of big ideas, and it’s no surprise that Gingrich, no slouch in the ideas department, should admire the Depression-era president.

It struck me that, if Gingrich became the nominee, we could see a Bizarro World rerun of the 1932 election, with Gingrich as the FDR figure, criticizing the stick-in-the-mud Democrats and their feckless leader, President (Herbert Hoover) Obama, while offering a “happy days are here again” optimism along with a dizzying list of ideas for how to get us out of the Recession.

Of course, this was before Gingrich started acting more like “BMR” (Bertha Mason Rochester) than FDR, except without the convenient attic.

But now that the dust has settled and Mitt Romney is on a glide path to nomination victory, the FDR/Hoover parallels resurfaced for me. And I believe Romney is in the ideal spot to play the FDR role, albeit in a Semi-Bizarro World universe where some, but not all, things are opposite.

Mitt could, for example, embrace this snippet from FDR’s nomination speech of 1932:

“I know something of taxes. For three long years I have been going up and down this country preaching that Government–Federal and State and local–costs too much. I shall not stop that preaching. As an immediate program of action we must abolish useless offices. We must eliminate unnecessary functions of Government–functions, in fact, that are not definitely essential to the continuance of Government. We must merge, we must consolidate subdivisions of Government, and, like the private citizen, give up luxuries which we can no longer afford.

“By our example at Washington itself, we shall have the opportunity of pointing the way of economy to local government, for let us remember well that out of every tax dollar in the average State in this Nation, 40 cents enter the treasury in Washington, D. C., 10 or 12 cents only go to the State capitals, and 48 cents are consumed by the costs of local government in counties and cities and towns.”

To be clear, this bit of FDR’s speech was preceded by some anti-corporate greed ranting that President Obama’s speechwriters channel relentlessly in the current campaign. But these “small government,” “lower taxes” words were coming from the mouth of a man considered today to be a demi-God in the Democratic pantheon. Make them your own, Mitt, and tell folks who said them first!

Forget that FDR ended up bloating government. Remember instead that FDR was campaigning in 1932 against a fellow who’d failed to bring the country out of the Depression because he’d done a lot of things that Democrats of today fancy: supporting free trade restrictions and higher taxes, among them.

Romney would be wise to point this out, that just like Herbert Hoover, Barack Obama thinks that taxing the wealthy will lead to more economic progress. And, oh yes, Obama is the president who’s not been keen on worthwhile projects like the Keystone Pipeline, instead preferring crony capitalist ventures like Solyndra—you know, the smoke-filled backroom deals (except, perhaps, in this case, the smoke might have come from New Age incense).

Ironically, Romney could also position himself as the savior of one of FDR’s greatest accomplishments. FDR might have introduced and won passage of Social Security, but it’s members of his party today who stand in the way of reforming the program so that it stays healthy for future generations. And it’s Republicans who are also offering ideas for putting Medicare on a more secure footing, while the president’s health care plan included cuts to Medicare.

The list could go on, demonstrating how Mitt and Republicans are the true progressives (in the sense of those embracing progress on thorny issues instead of clinging desperately to old ideals because “we’ve always done it that way”) in this campaign.

Oh, there’s one other way in which Romney parallels Roosevelt. Romney, like FDR, comes from a wealthy family.

Hmm…maybe someone should suggest a cigarette holder and jaunty fedora for Mitt?

On second thought, scratch that.

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FDR. Wasn’t he born with a silver spoon in his mouth?

Buy Danish on April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

If these snippets don’t conclusively prove that Democrat candidates for office say one thing and do another… what does?

Warner Todd Huston on April 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

FDR. Wasn’t he born with a silver spoon in his mouth?

Buy Danish on April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

And I’m certain his hunting dogs were pure-bread.

Rovin on April 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

FDR put a silver spoon in every federal bureaucrat’s mouth. That was who he really brought out of poverty and onto easy street.

RBMN on April 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

And I’m certain his hunting dogs were pure-bread.

Rovin

Bread helps the dog meat go down much more smoothly.

:)

honsy on April 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I can’t believe that those words that you blockquoted came out of FDR’s mouth. Thank God for today’s technical abilities to get the truth out.

Mirimichi on April 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I can’t believe that those words that you blockquoted came out of FDR’s mouth. Thank God for today’s technical abilities to get the truth out.

Mirimichi on April 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

How did that happen?

Mirimichi on April 21, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Of course, this was before Gingrich started acting more like “BMR” (Bertha Mason Rochester) than FDR, except without the convenient attic.

Ok, that line will have me coming back for more of anything Libby Sternberg writes.

Nosli W. Nevets on April 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

All Barky needs is a war to win.

SouthernGent on April 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I really don’t think it’s a good idea to turn this election into an FDR impressions contest. Romney has enough identity problems as it is. Plus, FDR had that cute little dog….

Seth Halpern on April 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Ok, that line will have me coming back for more of anything Libby Sternberg writes.

Nosli W. Nevets on April 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Ditto. Loved that. Hope she does more blogging here. Sly sense of humor.

bluealice on April 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Bertha Mason, and others like her that had been tossed away in the attics, suffered from hormone rage. Newt suffers from an inability to concentrate.

ericdijon on April 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Too bad we are going green..

Obama could have had a Dam named after him.
*though hydroelectric is green…but that Dam[n] EPA*

Oh well…

Obamaville it is.

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I wouldn’t put too much into the Hoover vs. FDR campaign.

First of all, Mr. Hoover was the one who raised the individual tax rate to 63%, and Mr. Hoover was the one who signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff into law.

His politics were not all that far removed from FDR’s, and few blame Mr. Hoover for the Depression anyway.

I hope that the nearness of the politics of the challenger to the incumbent is not the case for Romney, but I fear it.

The one place where Mr. Roosevelt far surpassed Mr. Hoover was the imposition, during the war, of a 100% tax (implemented via executive order) on any earned income over $25,000. This was based on the same authority designated to the president to ration and to prevent profiteering from the war. It was designed to hurt the “fat cat” executives, but the effects were far from the anticipated ones — the tax led directly to the “perks” system we now have for executives, where much of their compensation is not in taxable dollars but in the promise of things like “stock options” or corporate-provided amenities such as air and ground vehicles — much of which can be deducted 100% as a legitimate business expense.

unclesmrgol on April 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Franklin Delano Roosevelt = FDR…

Where did I get Hoover out of this…

My bad.

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The echo chamber on this blog is deafening.

Uppereastside on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

President (Herbert Hoover) Obama, while offering a “happy days are here again” optimism along with a dizzying list of ideas for how to get us out of the Recession.

That’s where I read it…

Not my bad..:)

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Then President Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley

Tariff into law and ushered in the doubling of

tax rates all the while urging businesses to

artificially raise prices on virtually everything.

what should have been a brief recession turn out

to be a Large depression. hummmmm

Roosevelt as a true progressive, prolonged the

depression, expanded the state and continued to

argue for larger Fed Gov involvement.

Look where that got us.

OkieDoc on April 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I understand where you’re going with this Libby, but I think the whole “fighting the repeat of history” theory is entirely wrongheaded.

If Obama wants to replicate FDR’s campaigns – any of them – let him. In economic terms, the public in the 1930s were a bunch of s— flinging hominids, languishing in darkness and ignorance. The most economically literate minds were as smart as liberals are today.

If you convinced the American public with oracular certainty that a president today would keep unemployment historically high for thirteen years but will “lead us through,” he wouldn’t be elected four times and canonized. He would be a-worded.

HitNRun on April 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

So now we’re coddling Communism, eh?

OldEnglish on April 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Seth Halpern on April 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Wasn’t his name “Skittles”?

unclesmrgol on April 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Sorry, I was typin whilst you were a postin’.

OkieDoc on April 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Why not just run against Obowma and his record in office…?

… This includes his failed policies based on his and the Left’s failed ideology.

Why not spend the next seven months, pointing out the difference in what they say and whay they actually do…?

… Why not expose the corruption, the cronyism, the over regulation, and the complete lack of accountability from Obowma, his administration, the Democrat party in total, and the cover up by the MSM?

No need to revisit FDR, when Democrats squeal like stuck pigs when we say we want to cut government…

… just break out the video of the head of the GSA taking the 5th, and the Energy Secretary giving himself an “A” regarding gas prices.

No, this race is about Obowma and his ideology of the Left that has never worked, but he is still trying to shove down our throats just like Obowmacare…

… Expose him and the Left for what they are today, and run against that.

In other words…

… Just tell the truth.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

showing how President Obama is using variations on FDR’s jabs at big business

Unfortunately crony-capitalism is actually a huge problem these days in America and Europe. The bailout of the corrupt Wall Street banks by their cronies in the government with help from their corporate media outlets, as one example, and forcing everybody to buy products from their cronies in the insurance and healthcare industries, through the force of government, is another. I’m one of a few people at HotAir over the years that has been a consistent defender of real capitalism, even when everybody else allowed themselves to be governed by fear, and crony-capitalism is one of the biggest factors causing the downfall of our country. They are one of the engines in this slow-motion train wreck that is wreaking havoc on our young, and the future of our nation.

However, crony-capitalism and other forms of corruption occur on both sides of the isle, so it will be difficult for either one to score any real points from the issue.

A 3rd party, on the other hand…

FloatingRock on April 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Must have missed this article on QOTD the other evening. Probably all the chit-chat and such.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Probably all the chit-chat and such.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM

It’s frikkin’ 82 degrees here in Boise….

85 tomorrow….

But…we are barbecuing tonight….nice weather for that….

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

… Just tell the truth.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Amen to that. It’s all right there in front of everyone, just POINT IT OUT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Tim Zank on April 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I really don’t think it’s a good idea to turn this election into an FDR impressions contest. Romney has enough identity problems as it is. Plus, FDR had that cute little dog….

Seth Halpern on April 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Fala beans and a nice chianti.

redridinghood on April 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Another form of destructive crony-capitalism is the inflationary monetary policy that redistributes wealth from the lower economic strata to the highest, much of it going to the corrupt banks, as I understand it. Even though the banks don’t simply pocket all of that money, the purpose is still to bail out all of the mal-investment. The people who have the most wealth and investments are thus the people who benefit from the bailouts and money printing, and the young people are the ones that get stuck with the bill.

And the effect of all the bailouts and taxation through inflation, (which both parties support for the most part), is that instead of having a having a short correction in our economy, thus shaking out all of the mal-investments, then young Americans will have a future to look forward to again instead of a long slow decline into dissolution.

FloatingRock on April 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

The echo chamber on this blog is deafening.

Uppereastside on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

There is no bigger “echo chamber” than the UES’ers of NY, or should I call it “The City” as if there are no others in the whole of America. You are pathetic.

FLconservative on April 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Again, since both parties support the same monetary policy of taxation through inflation, it would be difficult for them to attack each other on it. They would have to pick some obscure matter on the topic that they disagree on that doesn’t really matter and use that as some sort of bludgeon. But while they can only argue in the weeds, once against a 3rd party could capitalize on the theme.

FloatingRock on April 21, 2012 at 8:42 PM

… Expose him and the Left for what they are today, and run against that.

In other words…

… Just tell the truth.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

This ^ and also he needs to quit saying, “Obama’s a nice guy, but he’s in over his head.”

He’s Not!

redridinghood on April 21, 2012 at 8:46 PM

But…we are barbecuing tonight….nice weather for that….

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Go figure, its cool enough here for a fire. Had one last night, fetched the wood for this evening, trying to talk the Miss’s out of it. ; )

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM

The echo chamber on this blog is deafening.

Uppereastside on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Try earplugs. If that doesn’t work you’ll have your answer.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

The echo chamber on this blog is deafening.

Uppereastside on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Good.

You know the saying-
United we stand, divided we fall.
The exact reason there are so many Lefty trolls on this blog trying to divide us.

redridinghood on April 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I refuse to accept the badmouthing by some here of President Hoobert Heever. After all, he was a nice guy, too.

honsy on April 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

United we stand, divided we fall.

redridinghood on April 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Exactly! In the defense of our freedom and liberty, we need to be united against the authoritarian statists that are destroying our freedom and liberty. That’s why it is imperative that the not-Romney voters turn out and vote for their candidate in the upcoming primaries and caucuses. I recommend Ron Paul, who I think has the best chance at this point, but if you can’t vote for him, vote for Santorum or Newt instead.

Hopefully the Romney people will be dumb enough to believe their own propaganda about the primary already being over and won’t even show up. It will be a cake walk! LOL!

FloatingRock on April 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM

The echo chamber on this blog is deafening.

Uppereastside on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

…it’s the dog meat doing that to you!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I often think of that Time cover portraying Obama as FDR. I find it frightening and chilling, even terrifying.

Four more years of Obama could turn the recession he turned into The Great Recession into The Great Depression II. Then the analogy would be complete.

FDR’s policies did not fix the Great Depression, they prolonged and deepened it.

Check.

FDR ushered in the philosophy of Big Government and the notion that liberal university eggs heads — far more sympathetic to Marx’s philosophies of economics, society, history rather than free market economics and capitalism — are both our betters and best qualified to socially and economically re-engineer America.

Check.

The necessities of WW II and its aftermath saved the US from FDR’s disastrous economic polices. One way or another, the nation as we have known it for over two centuries would probably not survive four more years of Obamanomics.

farsighted on April 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

…it’s the dog meat doing that to you!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

The doggie spongeforms must have their revenge!

Kenosha Kid on April 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

You are one of the jewels of the HotAir commentariat, Mr. Seven Percent Solution. Your advice is spot on.

Libby Sternberg offers a fresh perspective with the right amount of snark. However, I would be very careful with words like progressivism. The Left has destroyed the origninal meaning and intent of words. I prefer not to use their terminology since they have mangled our language.

Also, if one reads Ann Coulter’s <emTreason, a person learns to what degree FDR introduced and fostered the infiltration of communists into the government.

So now we’re coddling Communism, eh?

OldEnglish on April 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

You are so correct.

onlineanalyst on April 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

1932.

The last year of Weimar.

The year when the national socialists pushed hard and consolidated their base.

The last year before an evil as never seen before entered our lexicon.

And all of it was in the name of social justice.

coldwarrior on April 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Now if we can get the Japanese to bomb Pearl Harbor again and Germany to declare war on us, it’ll be perfect.

ncborn on April 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

JugEars should dress like that! He can wear all size hats too…those ears could hold up a hot air balloon!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I am not comfortable with obama having the nuclear football
he does not give me any confidence of his willingness to stand up for the USA.

losarkos on April 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I think you typed it wrong, we want to party like it is 1932.

LoganSix on April 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Fala beans and a nice chianti.
redridinghood on April 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Heh. Good one. Took me a couple of seconds to realize it wasn’t a mis-spelling.

LegendHasIt on April 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

It’s frikkin’ 82 degrees here in Boise….

85 tomorrow….

But…we are barbecuing tonight….nice weather for that….

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

82 degrees!

Global warming?

Typicalwhitewoman on April 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Libby Sternberg has an intractable leak in her imagination, which seems to be blending the actuality of the real world with her fantasies and her misinterpretations of history (with a dash of DNC rhetoric).

But hey, we each have our cross to bear.

KrebsCyclist on April 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Not so sure I want to view this as Hoover v. Roosevelt. I prefer Reagan v. Carter.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM

The echo chamber on this blog is deafening.

Uppereastside on April 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Good. It’s kind of nice after coming through a very divisive primary fight. We’re pretty much all Romulans now. A united base = victory in November.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Obama is much more like Benito Mussolini.

Barackito Obamalini.

VorDaj on April 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The audacity of hope was for his campaign
Tyranny, thuggery and demonization are for his reign
His candidacy was rather like that of a Henry Houdini
His presidency is far more like that of a Benito Mussolini

Although he tries to slip it all in under another guise
To all his fascist action most foul we must still be wise
In spite of all the Houdini lies
Dancing in Obama’s evermore Mussolini eyes!

Cheshire Cat on April 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM

If You Want Obamavilles, Repeat What Hoover Did

Hint: Obama’s already done many of them.

Resist We Much on April 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Obama is much more like Benito Mussolini.

Barackito Obamalini.

VorDaj on April 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

PROGS LOVED FASCISM:

Progressives Loved Fascism

The Left’s Lie About Fascism Will Outlive Cockroaches In A Nuclear Winter

I have a bunch of stats comparing FDR & Obama, but there are going to have to wait until tomorrow. Nite.

Resist We Much on April 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

The GOP had a chance to elect someone that has the capabilities of a conservative FDR and the party blew it. Instead what we got is a gun grabbing, baby killing, socialist Republican as our nominee.

Theses so called conservatives that will vote for Mitt will own his socialist, gun grabbing, baby killing agenda. As a conservative libertarian I will have no part in it.

jdun on April 22, 2012 at 2:46 AM

I love this article by Libby Sternberg. HotAir needs more posts like this. One of the best contributors here. Intelligent yet accessible writing, has a worthwhile, timely point, informs the reader, has good insight, is not simply a rehash or summary of others’ ideas and actually puts forward new ideas, etc.

Thanks!

bluegill on April 22, 2012 at 6:00 AM

I love this article by Libby Sternberg. HotAir needs more posts like this. One of the best contributors here. Intelligent yet accessible writing, has a worthwhile, timely point, informs the reader, has good insight, is not simply a rehash or summary of others’ ideas and actually puts forward new ideas, etc.

Thanks!

Thank YOU, bluegill. Perhaps I shall have to adopt you.

As to those who wondered if that quote from FDR is real…yes, it is. If you google FDR 1932 nomination speech, you can find it in several places. As I note, the speech also contains harangues against the greedy business world, etc.

Libby Sternberg on April 22, 2012 at 7:13 AM

All Barky needs is a war to win.

SouthernGent on April 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Let me join the pack on that…

Iran? Syria? “PahhkiStaan?” Canada? Where will Obama decide to invade attack intervene?

Or will George Zimmerman’s release spark a local race war that Obama can exploit?

FDR also brought us the Japanese Internment Camps.

FDR’s social programs, started with good intentions for just the margins of society, have ended up perverted and misused by politicians for decades.

Perhaps if those programs had stayed within their original mandates, with their original cost levels, all would be OK today. But we’ll never know, given the expansive nature of government after FDR’s social programs started, making the government responsible for our fellow citizens instead of us as individuals.

Maybe Romney could say “Let’s get back to the original intent of those programs” and….oh forget it…no way Americans today have that kind of attention span. He’d have to tweet it instead.

ProfShadow on April 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

This column misses the point, Hoover was the prototype of Bush and Roosevelt was the the prototype of Obama. Read Amity Shales!

burt on April 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

GREAT Blog post, Libby!

You’ll catch heat for it here, among the cave-dwellers of the “Neo-Conservative” anti-Republicans. Hope you’ve got tough skin.

mountainaires on April 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Resist We Much on April 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

that’s a terrrific link. It’s scary how much today’s Democrat Party resembles Naziism, Mussolini & Stalin. Yikes!

8 weight on April 22, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Forget that FDR ended up bloating government.

No.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Yes!

Libby Sternberg, you’ve dug up some fascinating quotes & interesting historical tidbits. But the American people aren’t sophisticated enough to comprehend your message.

itsnotaboutme on April 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

GREAT Blog post, Libby!

You’ll catch heat for it here, among the cave-dwellers of the “Neo-Conservative” anti-Republicans. Hope you’ve got tough skin.

Thank you, mountainaires. I do have a relatively tough skin, having received both good and not-so-good reviews as a novelist over the years. I’ve learned you can’t please everybody.

Libby Sternberg on April 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

It really is too bad Americans don’t know the truth about FDR.
One of the most rotten, horrible, corrupt POTUSes we have ever had.
The ‘Greatest Generation’ voted for this guy.
And they raised the biggest bunch of collective brats the world has ever seen.
And he made a large majority of Americans dependent upon the Federal Govt.
And he loved doing it.
Let’s not even mention the huge amount of Communist infiltration that happened under his watch.

Badger40 on April 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I think you typed it wrong, we want to party like it is 1932.

LoganSix on April 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Ugh… 1923.

LoganSix on April 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

that’s a terrrific link. It’s scary how much today’s Democrat Party resembles Naziism, Mussolini & Stalin. Yikes!

8 weight on April 22, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Thanks. Here’s another:

Captain Baracka Amerika

Resist We Much on April 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM

So FDR said some things we agree with, and that means we are the right people to save the things he did which we despise? Yeah, that’s a winner to get my vote.

The progressives aren’t stupid. They know we are instinctively opposed to their big government, top-down, freedom-destroying programs. No amount of sucking up to their demigod is going to change that, nor should it.

JoseQuinones on April 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

And don’t forget that it was Obama himself who promised “NET spending cuts” during his campaign.

Romney should campaign on fulfilling the promise Obama didn’t keep. (In addition to the FDR lines…I like that strategy)

jeanneb on April 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM