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.)