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Andrew Sullivan Has No Idea What He’s Talking about, but I Agree with His Conclusion « International Liberty

June 23, 2011

Even though he’s become rather partisan in recent years, I still enjoy an occasional visit to Andrew Sullivan’s blog. But I was rather amused last night when I read one of his posts, in which he was discussing whether government spending helps or hurts economic performance. He took the view that a bigger public sector stimulated growth, and criticized those who wanted to reduce the burden of government spending, snarkily observing that, “The notion that Herbert Hoover was right has become quite a dogged meme on the reality-challenged right.

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I’m actually surprised that the amateur OB/GYN has had the time to do some economics research while examining the afterbirth of Trig. But I digress.

It’s painfully obvious that Herbert Hoover DID increase government spending in an attempt to emulate Keynesian economics. But then again, it took an FDR to REALLY show Hoover how to redistribute….

  1. Michael Eaton permalink
    June 23, 2011 10:13 am

    Funny that you constantly snark on AS while using his material… How is that amateur pop historian expert (Gingrich), criminologist (Bachmann), and media expert (Palin)? They have exhibited far worse examples of their “expertness”.

    Hoover was not a bad president because he spent a bit of money. He was a bad president because he didn’t realize he was not only presiding over a foundering US economy, he exacerbated it and finally punted when the opportunity presented to fix it.

    Read your history, Craig. It wasn’t progressivism that relegated Hoover to the bottom 10 presidents ever, it was doing the same things that the GOP is begging for now.

  2. June 23, 2011 12:51 pm

    Um, the entire piece that I linked to was making fun of Sullivan, and when I use his “material”, it’s rarely, if ever, in a postive light, which follows by constant observation of his obsession with Palin’s uterus… (oh, and Gingrich is no amateur pop historian… I do believe he taught history as a professor… but don’t let that get in the way of your attempt to slam him, though to be fair to you, Barack Obama is called a professor of constitutional law and has shown “far worse examples of” his “expertness”…)

    And let me get this straight when Hoover did this:

    Passed the Federal Home Loan Bank Act in order to increase and ease home ownership, he was practicing smaller and less intrusive government?

    When he signed into creation the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to fund “shovel ready projects”, and was continued, and expanded upon, by FDR, he was practicing smaller and less intrusive government?

    When Hoover signed a tax increase during Revenue Act of 1932, raising the top income tax from 25% to 63% (hmm. that sounds familiar…) he was practicing exactly what the GOP of today was calling for… oh wait, that’s not the GOP calling for tax increases… odd…

    And considering that FDR attacked “Hoover for “reckless and extravagant” spending, of thinking “that we ought to center control of everything in Washington as rapidly as possible” during the election, I find myself chuckling, thinking of the “bait and switch”.

    I think your complaint on Hoover would not be that somehow he somehow embraced “the same thing that the GOP is begging for now”, but that he didn’t embrace the big government spending and centralized control you hunger for like a crack addict hungers for his drug of choice… but nice attempt a revisionism….

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