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The author of this article is no historian. He needs to read The Forgotten Man, by Amity Schlaes, and get his facts straight. Hoover's downfall was too much government intervention, as was FDR's. FDR only prolonged the recession with experimentation. Overplaying government's role in the free market is the worst thing that can happen. Tax and spend = government takes money from the economy and wastes it on more government. The government has never run anything efficiently, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why Obama's pork-barrel spending has not helped the economy. His stimulus package was nothing but a payout to his friends and special interest groups--and holds no promise of stimulating the economy or the middle class.