Clearly, our president is much smarter than Professor Fraser. The stock market crash and depression preceeded the Roosevelt administration, requiring a different set of actions. The size and reach into our lives of the medical insurance industry is what makes a "flick of the switch" change slow, a war of nerves, rather than a sweeping presidential signing of legislation.
I don't think it is healthy to collapse history into cozy images, as the History Channel would, when comparing FDR to Obama. The bank and credit business today are much more out of proportion to our principles, as are the demands of running political campaigns and the subsequent demands of PR and image-building. Times have changed from the days when radio was king.
Obama is smart. You don't ram headlong into a mountain, you wind up its slopes gently.
Richard Ray Harris
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Feb 18 2010 - 10:21am