There are growing rumblings from people on the right making the case for Republicans to “give Obama everything in he wants” with respect to the fiscal cliff negotiations. The theory being the economy will collapse, and when it does, the public will have nobody to blame but Democrats and liberal ideology. Taking this theory to the next logical step, with everyone seeing the folly of liberalism, conservatism will ride in on its white horse and save the day.
While it may be tempting to play John Galt in all of this, history proves that this would be a terrible mistake for the Republican Party and would do devastating, possibly irreparable damage for decades to come.
Perhaps the biggest evidence of this theory not working is with how FDR and the New Deal are perceived by the public today. His policies actually slowed economic progress and recovery, but you’d never know it talking to the average American. All we hear about is how wonderful the New Deal was, and how FDR put the nation back to work. In actuality, Hitler and Hirohito did more to create American jobs than any liberal policy could have ever hoped to – starting WWII.
When FDR took office, the Great Depression had been going on for over three years. Much like Obama, his solution was to expand the government to levels never seen before. Since the Republican Party was in the minority, FDR pretty much got everything he wanted (after threatening to pack the Supreme Court of course).
Perverting history even further, schools teach that, prior to the arrival of FDR, the evil Republican Herbert Hoover sat idly by letting the country suffer for three years. In fact, Hoover doubled the government spending on public works projects. Economist Thomas Sowell points out that, with Hoover, the unemployment rate went from 5 to 9% in the month following the market crash, but got better and by June was at 6.3%. Hoover then passed the Smoot-Hawley tariffs sending unemployment to double digits for the first time (nine months after the initial collapse). This is proof that no party has a monopoly on using the government to make things worse.
Adding to the absurdity that big government involvement will help the economy is the fact that FDR attacked Hoover during his presidential campaign for his increased spending and policies. Sound a little familiar?
History hasn’t been told honestly about FDR and the New Deal, and Republicans have paid the price. With the mainstream media parroting the talking points of the Obama administration and teachers unions advancing liberalism in the classroom, there is little evidence to suggest Republican appeasement resulting in liberalism failing would be told more honestly this time around.
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