Throughout the past few years, I’ve outlined my thoughts on how and when we began to ignore the Constitution in this country often via the Supreme Court, the #SCOTUS. Although the practice did not begin with FDR, it did certainly come to a head (in my opinion) for the first time with Roosevelt and his New Deal.
Today, I have to wonder if there is anyone left in the world who remembers the New Deal or that once upon a time during a period that we today call the Great Depression this country tried to spend its way out of that depression. It didn’t work, by the way.
If you go back and do a little research (and I suggest that you do), you will find that in 1933 the unemployment rate was 18%. What did FDR do to help? He spent, and spent, and spent.
Five years later, we had been through a couple of “Deals,” untold new federal programs, something called the National Recovery Act, and anything else Roosevelt could throw money at. We had also put another 10% on the federal payroll. And the result was, you might ask?
Unemployment was measured at 12.5 percent. Now, I’m pretty pitiful at math, but if you will take the 18% and subtract the 10% I believe you will find that after five years of frantic spending, the unemployment rate had actually increased!
In the past few years, we have thrown trillions at the economy, we’ve increased the federal payroll tremendously, and while I am too close to the situation to be able to give you exact figures, by using the same math that I applied to FDR, unemployment figures continue to rise in this country while we simply refuse to learn from the history of past failures.
Hopefully, it will not require another world war to turn us around once again.