Saturday, October 22, 2011
Screwing Veterans is a Republican Virtue
Ronald and Allis Radosh love to revise history and dress it up in such a way as to present a "new way forward" based on the crazy and immoral things that were done long ago. They have now given considerable thought to the idea that this country needs another Warren G. Harding. Inadvertently, they praise Harding's stand against paying World War I veterans a bonus when they should have, umm, not brought that up at all.
How do you assess Harding in the context of modern politics? Well, his Administration was corrupt and full of cronies, which is no mean trick in American politics.
Americans could identify him as such) of fiscal conservative values that can be held up and celebrated by the Radosh team. They're desperate for anyone who can lay claim to "balancing the budget." What hogwash. By slicing out Harding's fiscal record (which is irrelevant because the Federal Government didn't have to deal with a Department of Defense fighting a war on terror or with Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare at that time because they hadn't even been thought up), they hope to pin the hopes of a desperately broke nation on a misguided example.
Ronald and Allis Radosh are peddling nonsense. They pass themselves off as historians but they're incapable of looking at history through anything other than a filter that suggests their love of making things up to fit a narrative that they know, as educated people, is far-fetched and ridiculous. This country doesn't need another Warren G. Harding and they know it.
The easiest way to puncture the nonsense here is to look at what America's Gross Domestic Product was in the 1920s.
So what if Harding balanced the budget? If we had Harding's budget, we wouldn't have anywhere near the GDP we currently possess. Look at how America's economy has grown since then. We're talking apples and oranges.