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Herbert Hoover Cartoon Herbert Hoover was a brilliant orgtanizer of relief supplies for Europe during and after the First World War. Unfortunately for him, he is mostly remembered as the man who was president of the United States when the stock market crashed in 1929. The resulting Great Depression crippled the economy. Hoover's administration largely chose to wait things out, believing that the economic downturn would be short, and that government intervention was not necessary. He famously predicted in 1932 that, "Prosperity is just around the corner." Of course many grim years followed and it took pretty much until the end of the 1930s for the United States and the rest of the world to extricate itself from the Great Depression. This political cartoon (from 2005!) lampoons Hoover's unwarranted optimism.
Tags: Herbert  Hoover  cartoon  president  economy  Depression 
Added: 13th March 2012
Views: 9515
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2012-03-13 
Did he also promise a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage? Talk about fiddling while Rome burned.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-03-13 
According to answers.com...

'Chicken in Every Pot' is a quotation that is perhaps one of the most misassigned in American political history. Variously attributed to each of four presidents serving between 1920 and 1936, it is most often associated with Herbert Hoover. In fact, the phrase has its origins in seventeenth century France; Henry IV reputedly wished that each of his peasants would enjoy 'a chicken in his pot every Sunday.' Although Hoover never uttered the phrase, the Republican Party did use it in a 1928 campaign advertisement touting a period of 'Republican prosperity' that had provided a 'chicken in every pot. And a car in every backyard, to boot.'

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-03-13 
Before the FDR administration, the government's job was to govern, not to interfere in commerce nor intrude in people's lives. Hoover's administration pretty much toed the line on that.

Nowadays, because of the nanny state mentality, we have people who expect the government to look after them from birth to death, find them jobs, pay for their education, build them houses, etc.

Times certainly have changed.
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