Think Progress reports on one of the most egregiously regressive members of the House freshman crass… er, class:
“When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression,” Austria said. “He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That’s just history.”
Slick move, Stevie, especially considering that the Dispatch went on to set the record straight:
Austria's outburst fits a recent pattern of hard-right think tanks and talk radio making the false claim that FDR either caused or prolonged the Great Depression.
UPDATE: HuffPo reports that Rep. Austria rolled back the rhetoric – a little – but is still getting fundamental facts wrong.