Bush is No Hoover

By now you’ve seen clips of this:

And you’re probably thinking, while the economy burns, that the only thing that would have completed his performance was if he had been playing a fiddle.

Some of the bigger ha-ha lyrics:

I clear my head of all the fuss
Oh, like the fuss you made over Harriet and Brownie

Hohoho. Harriet, who was so dense she called Bush brilliant, who thumbed her nose at Congress even as a private citizen, and Brownie hahaha — well over 1,000 dead in the Gulf Coast, thousands upon thousands displaced. Still! Heeheehee.

Down the lane, I look out
Here comes Scooter
Finally free of the prosecutor

Heeeheeeeheee — “I did that!” Expose a CIA operative, put her contacts’ lives at extreme risk, and get out of jail free! Wheeee!

There’s Condi and Dick, my old compadre
Talking to me about some oil-rich Saudi

Oh, hohoho. $4 a gallon gasoline. Had to happen with these oil twins. Nyuk nyuk. ‘n don’t forget

Dick Cheney strolling with documents he’s been withholding

You see, he didn’t want y’all to see the maps of Iraq in the energy policy folders. In 2001. Hardeeharhar. U.S. deaths in Iraq should cross the 4,000 mark soon.

In times of quieter public dignity, Herbert Hoover failed to quell the greatest financial catastrophe in American history. Instead of singing to a giggly press corps, he made these efforts:

1. Signed the Emergency Relief and Construction Act, the nation’s first Federal unemployment assistance.
2. Increased public works spending.
a. Asked Congress for a $400 million increase in the Federal Building Program.
b. Directed the Department of Commerce to establish a Division of Public Construction in December 1929
c. Increased subsidies for ship construction through the Federal Shipping Board
d. Urged the state governors to also increase their public works spending, though many failed to take any action.
3. Signed the Federal Home Loan Bank Act establishing the Federal Home Loan Bank system to assist citizens in obtaining financing to purchase a home.
4. Increased subsidies to the nation’s struggling farmers with the Agricultural Marketing Act; but with only limited impact.
5. Established the President’s Emergency Relief Organization to coordinate local private relief efforts resulting in over 3,000 relief committees across the U.S.
6. Authorized the repatriation to Mexico of 1-2 million people living in barrios throughout California, Texas and Michigan, 60% of whom were U.S. citizens of Mexican-descent, in an effort to ease unemployment.
7. Urged bankers to form the National Credit Corporation to assist banks in financial trouble and protect depositors’ money.
8. Actively encouraged businesses to maintain high wages during the Depression, in line with the philosophy, called Fordism, that high wages create prosperity. Most corporations maintained their workers’ wages early in the Depression in the hope that more money into the pockets of consumers would end the economic downturn.
9. Signed the Reconstruction Finance Act. This act established the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, which made loans to the states for public works and unemployment relief. In addition, the corporation made loans to banks, railroads and agriculture credit organizations.
10. Raised tariffs. After hearings held by the House Ways and Means Committee generated more than 20,000 pages of testimony regarding tariff protection, Congress responded with legislation that Hoover signed despite some misgivings. Instead of protecting American jobs, the Smoot-Hawley tariff is widely blamed for setting off a worldwide trade war which only worsened the country’s (and the world’s) economic ills.

Compared to the warbling warmonger in the White House, Herbert Hoover was a statesman. Yet the country needed a Franklin Roosevelt to knock over Hooverism’s over-reliance on volunteerism.

So when tempted to compare George W. Bush with Herbert Hoover, I say, show Hoover some respect!

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