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  • Economy: Does Obama know what he's doing?

     
    We don't claim to be economists here (that's probably obvious), but occasionally wonder how it is that economic collapse suddenly fills the politicians with great confidence that they can and should spend money like drunken sailors. If you have...
  • Tim Geithner gets FDR very wrong (but so did Obama)

    Tim Geithner gets FDR very wrong (but so did Obama)
    It's necessary to correct an old canard repeated by former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner about Franklin Roosevelt's behavior in the long interregnum between the 1932 election and his 1933 inauguration.  As was spotted by Matt O'Brien of the...

    Derring-do: More from 101-year-old shipbuilder

    Several details from a lengthy interview with Newport News retiree and former shipyard designer Russell Derring didn't make it into a lengthy May 10 profile. Derring, 101, started his shipbuilding career in 1929, and as an apprentice installed pipes on...

    Letters to the editor

    -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Hoover Dam: The caption on a photo of Hoover Dam that ran Feb. 27 said: "Under FDR, the U.S. built huge dams, such as Hoover Dam, to spur economic recovery." Construction of the dam began under President Hoover and was...

    Mailbag: Government could learn from Congress of the '90s

    I would like to add to Mr. Lightfoot's argument about the Roosevelt administration in prolonging the Great Depression. After President Hoover tried to tax America into being prosperous, FDR decided he would even do bigger tax increases in the name of...