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Friday, February 13, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Employment numbers belie Steve King's high-school research

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Representative Steve King bragged about his 11th-grade research
project in the Thursday edition of the Des Moines Register: "As a
junior at Denison High School, I wrote a term paper on President
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. ... As I searched for
information proving the New Deal stabilized the American economy, I
instead found the exact opposite: high unemployment, a struggling
stock market and continued hard times." ... Ah yes, the "poor results"
of big-government programs introduced by FDR. Programs like Social
Security, which dramatically reduced poverty among the elderly, and
the Fair Labor Standards Act, which "set maximum hours and minimum
wages for most categories of workers."


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