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  •  Hitler and Tojo provided a good excuse (0+ / 0-)

    for government spending. But any kind of stimulus could have gotten the US out of the Depression. It was just easier to get that spending through Congress when threatened by Hitler.

    Going over the cliff should provide some impetus to do something, especially if the military-industrial complex's ox has been gored and the Bush tax cuts for the rich have expired. But we should do as much as we can to pressure Congress and the President.

    •  Less threatened by Hitler than attacked by Tojo (1+ / 0-)
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      But right now there are ample reasons to ramp up certain kinds of spending, as well as sufficient political justification for it.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:31:50 AM PST

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      •  Sending material to Britain earlier (0+ / 0-)

        helped US manufacturing. The Cash and Carry program that started in 1939 and the Lend-Lease program was enacted in March 1941 - nine months before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

        But I agree with you: the recession provides ample reason and justification to increase spending and Obama's win should provide political power.

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