Wednesday, September 05, 2007

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Retail: Box #1 Pack #6

P.T. Barnum
Joe Mauer
Craig Biggio
Alex Rios (SP)

Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you will excuse me for one moment, I need to go on an Econ Major rant. I couldn't help it, but reading the copy on the reverse of FDR's card gave me a bit of a chuckle.

"(Roosevelt's) New Deal economic programs led the nation out of the Great Depression in the 1930s."
Ummm yeah. Riiiiiight.

You see, I just finished The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes' excellent new book on the Great Depression. In it, Shlaes puts forth a rather convincing argument that the New Deal -- which essentially began during the Hoover administration -- did absolutely nothing to end the Depression. In fact, through polices of increased government intervention, poor monetary policy, and artificially high tariffs and wages, The New Deal made what would have been a run-of-the-mill Depression -- which were common in the days before the establishment of a strong (and competent) central bank -- so Great.

With that said, I make two new additions to my 2008 Allen & Ginter Fantasy Card Gallery: Wendell Willkie and Amity Shlaes.

(I really wanted to make a card of the Schechter brothers, but couldn't find a picture of them.)


amity shlaes said...

I'm very happy to be a card next to Wendell Willkie, what an honor. A card of the Schechters would be great. The Forgotten Man has been treated in a lot of formats, but baseball cards is a new one. TFM thanks you.
Amity Shlaes

dayf said...

Heh, nice one on Willkie. I'd like to see a Presidential Election Runners-up card set for once. There's enough president cards out there already. (And yet another set coming with Turkey Red)

Ben said...

It's disappointing to see a guy who lists Operation Ivy as a musical interest tout such neo-conservative drivel. Ms. Shlaes, probably one of my most favorite treatments was in the Dominic Sandbrook Daily Telegraph:
She replaces scholarship with stridency and ends up telling us nothing new, so although not a long book, it is a wearisome one. ,21st July 2007

--David said...

Rem3mber when baseball was baseball, politics was politics, mammoths were mammoths, and possums were possums?

dayf said...

Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!