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Mark Gongloff

Republicans Have to Stop Channeling Herbert Hoover

Look where half-measures got him.

Maybe not the best role model for depression-fighting.

Maybe not the best role model for depression-fighting.

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Herbert Hoover has a reputation as the president who snoozed while the Great Depression raged. It’s unfair; he actually tried to fight the Depression. But he was arguably too ideological and cautious, losing the economy, the presidency and history’s favor as a result. President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans seem to be following in Hoover’s footsteps.