Monday, September 29, 2008

Disappointing Rhetoric

I just heard (ca. 10:40 AM PST) Dennis Prager say "I am not among the panicking types as you well know" and conservatives must allow the bailout because "the last depression brought us gentlemen named Hitler and Mussolini -- remember? -- and so would this."

Aside from the alarming tone that makes it sound like Mr. Prager aims to infect conservatives with his own fears, he is factually wrong.

Mussolini was in power long before the crash of 1929 that itself preceded the Great Depression by a few years. And I am not even gonna bother with his simplistic cause for the depression (among the causes being governmental intrusions made in a panic). This is Prager's Joe Biden moment, and he hasn't a clue how panicked he is.

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