Friday, January 9, 2009

Esquire v Sanford tug of war continues

Now Esquire's John Richardson fires back at South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who fired back at Richardson after Richardson's opening blast last week. (this is how war's get started).


..... the man who might just be the Republican candidate for president in 2012 gets to his Bizarro-world Stalinist airbrushing of the Great Depression. Once again, Governor Sanford, the nation went from a giant stock market crash in 1929 to steady nine- and ten-percent growth under Roosevelt.

I guess you could say that "did little to improve the economy" -- if you ignored the actual statistics along with the millions of people who ate food and lived indoors because of government relief programs. Sanford's remarks echo the Depression-era Republicans who insisted that the economy would recover by itself in the long run. The best response came from one of Roosevelt's greatest cabinet members, Harry Hopkins: "People don't eat in the long run. They eat every day."


a) Esquire's original column
b) Sanford's response
c) Esquire responds