July 31, 2015

FLASHBACK: HERBERT HOOVER INCREASED GOVERNMENT SPENDING 67%, MAKING HIM THE FOUNDER OF THE NEW DEAL.

It’s also worth remembering that in 1932, FDR didn’t run on scaling up government even further. Instead, as Jesse Walker of Reason wrote in 2008, Roosevelt “accused Herbert Hoover of ‘reckless and extravagant spending,’ and he further denounced the Republican incumbent for believing ‘we ought to center control of everything in Washington as rapidly as possible.’ Even when he called for interventions in the economy, he generally couched his words in the old liberals’ language of equal treatment rather than the new liberals’ vision of enlightened central planning.”

As Walker noted, the Democratic platform of 1932 “is a remarkable document, considering the way the party’s candidate went on to govern. It isn’t a libertarian manifesto—it endorses several subsidies and regulations—but it hardly embraces the enormous expansion in federal power that FDR would achieve.”

RELATED: Speaking of FDR, “Social Security Isn’t,” Steve Green reminds us Vodkapundit.

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