Tag Archives: New deal

Performing Government in the New Deal

FDR, and the New Deal, were especially good at “performing” government. They even managed to stage a gigantic piece of “security theater” the gold vault at Ft. Knox. FDR had a genius for government as theatrical performance. In 1924, Congress voted to give WWI veterans a “bonus” as thanks for their service, payable in 1945. As […]

Amazing What Politicians Used To Say

Obama gave his state of the union address last night–my morning commute was full of recap and commentary. It ran the gamut, as the joke goes, from A to B. We have two options: cut taxes and decrease spending, and cut taxes and decrease spending more. In that light, it’s interesting to see how American […]