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September 24. 2017
By Lewis Shupe
The Roaring Twenties – the end
“What the hell has Hoover got to do with it (his salary being larger than that of the President). Besides, I had a better year than he did.” Babe Ruth 1930
Coolidge had been reluctant to choose Hoover as his successor and on one occasion he remarked that “for six years that man has given me unsolicited advice – all of it bad.” Coolidge had no desire, however, to split the party and did not intervene in the selection of Hoover as the candidate of the Republican Party, a decision that would have unfortunate consequences for the nation and prove Coolidge’s remark to be incredibly accurate.
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) won the 1928 election in a landslide riding the wave of prosperity from the Roaring Twenties. The people were soon to understand that not all Republicans are alike. Hoover was a Republican progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt and had supported the “Bull Moose” Party in 1912. The “Progressive Movement” had been declared officially dead in 1924 with the defeat in the 1924 elections of Robert LaFollette, its founder. We all know of course that “Progressive” is just a term that socialists use to hide under and so, after 1924, they started hiding under the term “Liberal” – nonetheless it is all the same and their basic approach never wavers. Hoover was never tagged as a Progressive Republican, even though that was exactly his approach. Hoover was not a conservative and today would be labeled a RINO.
Hoover’s one term was bound up with the Stock Market Crash that occurred shortly after he took office and the subsequent Great Depression that rocked the nation economically. Unwittingly, Hoover’s reaction to these cataclysmic events formed the blueprint for the subsequent actions by the Roosevelt administration that extended and prolonged the misery. When the Depression struck Hoover responded with large scale government intervention, a policy that sealed his doom.
At the outset of the Depression Hoover rejected Treasury Secretary Mellon’s suggested “leave it alone” approach and called many business leaders to Washington to urge them not to lay off workers or cut wages – the beginning of many bad decisions Hoover was to make. Hoover adopted pro-labor policies after the stock market crash that accounted for close to two-thirds of the drop in the nation’s gross domestic product over the two years that followed, causing what should have been a recession to slip into the Great Depression. Hoover raised the top Income Tax Rate from 25% to 63% and made increases in the corporate income tax rate and the estate tax – all policies that as we have seen only make the situation worse. The Federal Reserve was not helpful at all, reducing the nation’s money supply when the opposite remedy was required. One can make a strong argument that this was intentional on the part of the Federal Reserve since the forces of liberalism dominated the Fed and they realized that this was necessary to counteract the success of Conservative Republican policies from the Harding/Coolidge administration.
In the election of 1932 Franklin Roosevelt cynically blasted the Republican incumbent for spending and taxing too much, increasing national debt, blocking trade, and placing millions on the dole of the government. Roosevelt attacked Hoover for “reckless and extravagant” spending and of thinking “that we ought to center control of everything in Washington as rapidly as possible.” The Democratic vice-presidential candidate, John Nance Garner, accused Hoover of “leading the country down the path of socialism.” All of these assertions were of course correct. The fact that Roosevelt subsequently did these same things in an even more drastic manner was later conveniently forgotten by anyone associated with his administration.
The charge that Hoover was responsible for the Depression stuck and Hoover suffered a large defeat in the 1932 election. After the election Hoover requested that Roosevelt retain the Gold Standard as the basis of the U.S. currency – Roosevelt refused.
Hoover lived until 1964 and his good works from the period 1933 until his death restored his image in the eyes of many. Hoover was rather the Lazaro Cardenas of the United States – a good man with a flawed vision. His intentions were good but his policies were to begin a period in American history that many people who lived through them were to remember with grief and anguish. The descent into socialism was once again on track and nothing would be able to stop this freight train now that it was moving at a fast clip.
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September 9, 2017
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
As most of you enlistees in the USFA know, the repeal then replace motto for the ACA is faulty since whatever you replace it with is surely just as unconstitutional as what you just repealed. This now leaves several constitutional options that are available to the government.
----- Amend the Constitution to give the federal government the authority to pass a health care law. This would take a certain amount of time and does not occur to our government since they do not realize they cannot pass any law they so desire.
----- Repeal Obamacare and ask each state to pass their own health care law and block grant money to each state based upon population to support that effort. With this option you would get up to 50 different health care plans and you could see what works and what doesn’t work.
----- Defund Obamacare. The problem with this is that it leaves the law on the books and allows it to be reestablished with funding.
----- The nuclear option. This is the alternative no one talks about. The President could simply say the ACA is unconstitutional and I will not enforce it. In doing this the President would be correct constitutionally but it would necessitate both an explanation of why it is unconstitutional (easy to do if you know your Constitution) and some political courage (very hard to do).
The block grant option above (number two) is the one I personally favor. The 1996 Welfare Reform Act featured block grants to states and was extremely successful when passed and implemented (Barack Obama has since gutted many of its features through Executive Orders).
It would also be a wonderful first step in taking control of healthcare away from the federal government and beginning the process of dismantling the federal government leviathan. It is clear from the U.S. Constitution that the federal government has no authority to control healthcare. Taking control of healthcare away from the federal government is a crushing blow to socialism since federal control of healthcare is a number one priority of all socialists. The decentralization of power required by the U.S. Constitution, when implemented, means the end of the stranglehold the socialists have on the U.S. government.
If you want to read more about some of the methods required to install the block grant strategy you may go to our web site and read the post entitled “The Federal Extortion Racket”.
Lewis Shupe, Founder