The Drop of A Hat

by Belle Waring on July 11, 2007

Pejman Yousefzadeh isn’t taking the internet mockery of his anti-FDR agitation well.

Apparently–and this is the latest pronouncement from the Reality-Based Community–we are not supposed to study things that happened 74 years ago, or perhaps longer.

That seems like a reasonable way to characterize the point that one wouldn’t usually get worked up reading a squib entitled “70 years ago this week in monetary policy.” Anyhoo,

Dude: I don’t care how long ago this pathetic and frightening policymaking fiasco occurred. It is appalling that it ever happened and in order to make sure that no President ever again thinks of arrogating unto himself/herself the authority to engage…

See, now here I got confused because it seemed as if the train was barrelling straight into Limit Unchecked Executive Authority station, but luckily it was shunted at the last minute onto the Kevin Drum Is a Communist siding. Yousefzadeh’s main point, though, is that turnabout is fair play, and that Kevin Drum’s failure to denounce the incessant, venomous anti-Hoover diatribes one hears from the left shows his true colors. No, that really is his point.

Of course, if a Republican President engaged in this kind of nightmarish policymaking, we would never hear the end of it . . . even if this hypothetical Republican President was in office 74 years ago, or longer. And Kevin–Dude, if I may–if you’re so hung up on the need not to beat dead historical horses, why don’t you write a post telling Democrats to stop raising the specter of Herbert Hoover at the drop of a hat?

Why indeed? The ‘my opponent fails to denounce this atrocity’ charge has always been a little tired, but when it’s spruced up with ‘fails to denounce this entirely fictitious atrocity‘ –well that, my friends, lends the whole outfit a jaunty air, much as a moth-eaten bird lolling its single glass eye might add panache to a threadbare, workaday hat. Naturally I moseyed on over to Technorati to glean the very latest anti-Hoover blog posts. I leave you with the wit and gentle Lileksian wisdom of Cape Cod Today’s Jack Sheedy, from his post “Happy Herbert Hoover Day!”:

Think about the length of a year. Four seasons. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred and sixty-five days (366 during a leap year). That’s a long time! Too long if you ask me! During that long, long year we have these little breaks called weekends wedged in between Friday and Monday. Two days to unwind, to mow the lawn, to change the oil in the Chevy, to read a book, to write a blog, and to sip a nice cool beer or two….But sometimes, even weekends aren’t enough. So God, in his infinite wisdom, scattered “holidays” throughout the calendar to spice things up….Therefore, I propose that we find a way to provide August with a holiday … or perhaps two. The most obvious choice would be to celebrate a President’s birthday. Actually we have four to chose from: Aug 10 for Herbert Hoover, Aug 19 for Bill Clinton, Aug 20 for Benjamin Harrison, and Aug 27 for Lyndon Johnson. My vote is for Hoover on the 10th, as his birthday falls right in between Independence Day and Labor Day. And it would be a nice way of making it up to Hoover for always blaming him for the Great Depression.

There you have it. I await Drum’s denunciation with but little hope.



sniflheim 07.11.07 at 5:53 pm

Dude, if I may
Trawling for ridicule.


Walt 07.11.07 at 6:00 pm

This is reaching the level of sportingness of canned quail hunts.


jacob 07.11.07 at 6:22 pm

Walt, is that a warning to Belle that you’re about to shoot her in the face?


"Q" the Enchanter 07.11.07 at 6:42 pm

If Cheney/Bush had been in power 75 years ago, the policy option to be disposed of by lottery wouldn’t have been the price of gold, but rather whether to imprison only all communists or communist “sympathizers” as well.


norbizness 07.11.07 at 7:15 pm

I mean, it sounds so made-up… PEJ-man You-sef-ZA-deh.


Walt 07.11.07 at 7:45 pm

I would never shoot Belle in the face. Her sister would totally kick my ass. That shit’s embarrassing.


"Q" the Enchanter 07.11.07 at 7:50 pm

“communists or communist ‘sympathizers'”

As if that were a distinction Cheney/Bush would understand. What was I thinking?

And norbizness, I’ve met him; he’s real. And a nice chap in person. (Aren’t we all.)


KCinDC 07.11.07 at 8:16 pm

And anyone who’s got “Q” the Enchanter vouching for him must be real, regardless of how odd his idea of “nightmarish” might be.


Ugh 07.11.07 at 9:52 pm

Reading Bizarro World can be, well, bizarre.


abb1 07.12.07 at 7:32 am

I like Herbert Hoover, like him a lot. Too bad his system for setting gold price turned out to be a calamity. Bummer, Dude.


spencer 07.12.07 at 6:39 pm

You really know that the individual knew what he was talking about when he used this to rant about price controls never working. He did not seem to realize that the price of gold had been set by the Bank of England and the US government for decades at $27/oz and this was a fundamental reason the international financial system had worked so well in the era of great prosperity before WW I. What FDR was doing was raising the price of gold and that virtually every mainstream economic study of the Great Depression concluded that leaving the gold standard was what one of the most important reasons that the great 1929-33 economic collapse just happened to end the very same month that FDR took office–Bernanke is one of the depression scholars who believes this. His and other’s work finds a very tight relationship between when countries deserted the gold standard and when the output plunge ended in that country.

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