Bachmann Blames FDR For 1930 Tariffs
Ladies and gentlemen, your United States Congress:
For those who can’t watch the video, this is Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) on the floor of Congress, blaming Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the “Hoot-Smalley Act”, which apparently raised tariffs and deepened the Great Depression.
Of course, the Hawley-Smoot Act (named after the Act’s Republican sponsors) was passed in 1930, as anyone who’s seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off knows.
Also worth mentioning–Franklin Roosevelt was opposed to the tariff hikes.
And the worst part about the whole thing is that by being such a blithering idiot for all the world to see, Bachmann has probably put quite a few dents in the credibility of free trade arguments. There’s nothing I hate worse than to see an idea I agree with (in this case, free trade) being horribly defended.