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Holy Moley!

Here’s a letter sent today to WTOP, a DC-area news-radio station:

A talking-head interviewed this afternoon by Hillary Howard and Shawn Anderson expressed his “hope that Barack Obama may yet turn out to be another Franklin Roosevelt.”

I hope not, in part because I know what Raymond Moley – organizer of F.D.R.’s original ‘Brain Trust’ and author of much of Roosevelt’s first inaugural address – said of that President in 1936: “I was impressed as never before by the utter lack of logic of the man, the scantiness of his precise knowledge of things that he was talking about….  My deliberate impression is that he is dangerous in the extreme, and I view the next four years with no inconsiderable apprehension.”*


Donald J. Boudreaux

* Quoted in Burton Folsom, Jr., New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008), p. 135


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