The Imaginary Greatness of FDR

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    FDR supposedly is a Great President for "Getting us out of the Great Depression."

    Here's the data set.

    I see no greatness. I see 8 consecutive years of failure.

    FDR US Unemployment 1932: 24.1%, 1933: 24.9, 1934: 21.7%, 1935: 20.1%, 1936: 16.9%, 1937: 14.3%, 1938: 19.0%, 1939: 17.2%. 8 year Average = 19.8%

    What's so great about averaging 20% unemployment for 8 consecutive years?
     
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    He didn't get us out of the Depression. FDR's domestic policies were an epic failure. He was a great war time president, however, and that is his rightful legacy.
     
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    Progressives spread the fable of FDR's greatness in order to continue the expansion of Big Government from New Deal programs. To them, he really is great, just not in the way its taught in sanctioned textbooks.
     
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    Well, he was great at provoking war, anyways.
     
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    FDR is considered a great president, not because of his policies but because of his leadership. He led the country through the greatest depression and military threat the country has ever faced. After the war ended we were the greatest military, industry, and financial power on earth. I think the president that led us through this deserves a lot a credit.
     
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    America was already the greatest industrial and economic power on Earth before the war, despite FDR's blundersome tinkering and meddling.
     
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    I still shake my head when supposed "free marketers" believe that taxing people to make bombs, planes, tanks, and guns is good for the economy...
     
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    It wasn't FDR's fault. Hoover and Coolidge were responsible.
     
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    So, by your metric Little Big Horn made Custer a great Leader.

    Also, Germany never attacked us! And the first battle of WWII was fought in Africa! Against the French! So maybe Dubya learned from FDR

    At least you had the balls to show up here, thanks. The rest of the Liberal Intellectual Elite is once again, MIA
     
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