Jonathan Bean: You’re not Reagan, you’re Hoover

The parallels with our current president are astounding.
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When the economy tanked, he increased government spending, cut taxes, bailed out businesses “too big to fail,” and proposed a massive infrastructure bank to employ men in shovel-ready jobs. Contemporaries called this stimulus package “priming the pump.”

Hoover blamed his woes on the international economic situation and his political opponents. Sound familiar?
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He is very seldom willing to take advice. Since he knows more than any advisers could, why should he?”



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