coos and caws: it’s Pigeon Brain Propaganda!

Another episode of…Pigeon Brain Propaganda! This is too easy, it’s already across the intertubes. But it’s all the fashion in conservative circles to deny FDR’s New Deal its due in dragging the country out of the depression, so here’s their due in ridicule:

Rep. Steve Austria said he supports a scaled-down federal economic-stimulus proposal, but the Beavercreek Republican told The Dispatch editorial board that the huge influx of money into the economy could have a negative effect.

“When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression,” Austria said. “He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That’s just history.”

Hmm, that’s history? ‘America’s Library,’ the Library of Congress’ history website for kids, doesn’t quite say that:

October 29, 1929, was a dark day in history. “Black Tuesday” is the day that the stock market crashed, officially setting off the Great Depression. Unemployment skyrocketed–a quarter of the workforce was without jobs by 1933 and many people became homeless. President Herbert Hoover attempted to handle the crisis but he was unable to improve the situation. In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president and he promised a “New Deal” for the American people. Congress created The Works Progress Administration (WPA) which offered work relief for thousands of people.


Since 1929 happened before 1932, someone is a flying rat.

Many thanks to Representative Steve Austria (R-OH), master of time, for playing…Pigeon Brain Propaganda!