Saturday, January 30, 2010

Celebrating FDR's Birthday

On January 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt - the man who would successfully lead this nation through the Great Depression and Second World War - was born. The story of his life and times has been told by some of America's finest minds, from Doris Kearns Goodwin to Arthur Schlesinger. To commemorate this event, however, I would like to post an excerpt from a speech he delivered during his first presidential campaign in 1932, one that constitutes a surprisingly apropos rebuttal to many of the economic assertions made by Republicans today:

“Our Republican leaders tell us economic laws — sacred, inviolable, unchangeable — cause panics which no one could prevent. But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”

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