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Obama is More Hoover than FDR

It's 1933. This time, however, Hoover got reelected. Can we hold out until 1937 for a president who understands that we need 10 million new jobs, and that we need them yesterday?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-06-2009  |  Economy

A WPA Kind of Solutionnew

Waking up from this nightmare to hear President-elect Obama mention a "WPA solution" or that he's been reading about the FDR transition from Hoover is the sign of intelligent life returning to the Oval Office.
Random Lengths News  |  James Preston Allen  |  11-28-2008  |  Commentary

A Historian Discusses the FDR/Obama Comparisonnew

After the global economy crashed, pundits began to compare Obama with Roosevelt, the man who saw his nation through both the Great Depression and World War II. But how apt is that comparison? Historian William E. Leuchtenburg explains.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  11-10-2008  |  Politics

Election '08: Truth, Justice, and the New American Waynew

The luxury liner of consumerism has smacked into the iceberg. Sarah Palin can cry "socialism" and let slip the dogs of McCarthy, but Republicans have burned even their most flimsy credibility. And yet President-Elect Obama is just a man. Can he actually save a grateful nation?
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Mick Farren  |  11-07-2008  |  Commentary

Election '08: Not Over Yetnew

Obama has FDR's gifts of oratory and pragmatism, but can he restore the nation? A special pre-election report from Tom Hayden.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Tom Hayden  |  10-31-2008  |  Commentary

Do the WPA's Striking Visuals Still Make a Mark?new

The Works Progress Administration is often viewed through the kaleidoscope of the arts -- specifically the iconic, familiar posters originally commissioned as a visual representation of the WPA's credo. But what's their purpose today, aside from nostalgia?
Philadelphia City Paper  |  A.D. Amorosi  |  10-28-2008  |  Art

Dawn of the American Fascistsnew

Republicans, as hopefully a majority of Americans have finally figured out, are for the most part a collection of hypocrites, thugs and pious thieves. That is why they verge on being not old-fashioned conservatives, but American fascists.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  09-18-2008  |  Commentary

The Real Deal: How FDR Got into Picturesnew

When Franklin Roosevelt campaigned for president in 1932 he promised to attack America's economic woes through "bold, persistent experimentation," and the fascinating new program from the National Archives -- "For a Better America: The New Deal on Film" -- shows how that experimentation found its way onto movie screens.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  04-14-2008  |  Movies

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