Freshman Congresscritter Update: Rep. Steve Austria Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

Think Progress reports on one of the most egregiously regressive members of the House freshman crass… er, class:

In a new interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH) joined in:

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:

Most historians date the beginning of the Great Depression at or shortly after the stock-market crash of 1929; Roosevelt took office in 1933.

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.

Leave a Reply