Makes sense to me:
Matt Yglesias alerts
us to this item:
U.S. Representative Steve Austria said he supports a scaled-down federal economic-stimulus proposal, but the Beavercreek Republican told The Dispatch editorial board that the huge influx of money into the economy could have a negative effect.
“When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression,” Austria said. “He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That’s just history.”
Of course Roosevelt put the country into a Great Depression. That's why he was reelected three times.
I know the Constitution doesn't require tests for public office, but I think people filing to run for Congress should first have to pass a quiz on basic American history.
Jesus, what a dumbass.
To be fair, I doubt they'd put a question like that on the quiz.
No one could be that stupid, they'd say.
Let's see, the Crash was in 1929 and FDR was not sworn in until March of 1933. Was the economy hunky-dory in the interim?
This will go on the Congressman's official record. I wonder what else is on his record.