We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I used to think that the spending on the war ended the Depression too, but then I tried to figure out how, when millions of men came back from the war where would the demand for products or the ability to buy them would come from. Sure, there was pent up demand from all those years of the Depression, but who could afford anything?
A big part of was that were massive tax cuts after the war. We don't hear much about those. Funny how when there are large tax cuts (Coolidge, Truman, Kennedy, Reagan, Bush) the economy grows again!
I wanted to like Barack Obama even if I thought his policies were foolish. Obama, His Hopeful Changeness the Immaculation, has made himself personally annoying. His mannerisms, his contempt for people like me, his lies, his playground-bully behaviors and his determination to run my life and the lives of people around me -- those have brought me to a personal feeling of annoyance and sometimes anger. I don't wish him any personal harm, but I do dislike him as a person now.
Regarding competition among states: states with high tax rates are generally -- maybe universally -- nanny-bully states as well. Recycle this stuff, even though it wastes your time and costs tax dollars and increases environmental impacts. We'll pull you over unless you wear your seatbelt. Your child must have a bicycle helmet. Calorie counts on vending machines, for the love of heaven. Seeking out a state with low tax rates may also lead to a state with less administrative burden on business and individual alike.
Obamanomics are working perfectly, they're doing exactly what they're intended to do, which is destroy the US and world economies and reduce the American standard of living to that of a third world country like Angola or Bangladesh.
I think you're right, J. T. Apparently, we've been too prosperous for too long and it's made us arrogant so since nobody else can do it, we have to take ourselves down a couple of notches to teach ourselves a lesson (see Cloward and Piven). You just can't make this stuff up.
I actually had hope (there's that word again) that O's economic team were grown ups and would basically moderate the idiocy that O wanted. I was wrong. We're all going to pay for their idiocy.
Howdy Jim G
I expected George Bush to select like-minded advisors, which is different from selecting people who just say yes. I expected HHCI to select like-minded advisors, and he did. That's why I voted for McCain.
I didn't want to vote for McCain, but I preferred him to the other pubbies that were in the primary and I certainly preferred him to his majesty the O man. The last pubbie I was really excited about for president was Phil Gramm. I liked Bush ok, but I thought he was better for not being Gore or Kerry. In my entire life, I have never preferred the Dem for president and likely not for other offices, too.
I have a better idea: let's nationalize the broken, wasteful, unfair and ridiculously expensive American legal system.
And watch the trial lawyers' funding for the Democrats dry up. Recall Howard Dean saying that the reason that tort reform was absent from HCR was because of the Democratic Party funding from the trial lawyers.
It was FDR dying (In true Democrat fashion - while on vacation with his mistress) that ended the Depression.
FDR had planned to launch a massive "New Deal 2" as soon as the war was over. As soon as he died, it was completely scrapped by Congress along with much of the original New Deal. Social Security unfortunately was preserved.
As far as the redecoration of the Oval Office goes. it's so basically timid and so relentlessly beige. But of course, so is the President. Guess the designers didn't want it to be more exciting than he is. It certainly isn't. Glad I wont have to see it in person.
Another thing that helped a lot to end the Great Depression was the sheer number of dead young men (and some women).
Hundreds of thousands had been removed from society, hundreds of thousands that no longer needed jobs (most of whom would have been unemployed before ending up drafted or volunteering into the military).
That's a boost right there.
Macabre as it may sound, removing an entire generation of able bodied men from the competition for a small number of available jobs will have had a very positive effect on the job market (especially as many would have been relatively poorly educated and have no job experience).