As a matter of fact, the recession that FDR had to deal with wasn't as bad as the recession Coolidge had to deal with in the early 20s. Yet, the prescription that Coolidge put on that -- from history -- is lower taxes, lower regulatory burden, and we saw the "Roaring 20s," where we saw markets and growth in the economy like we'd never seen before in the history of the country. FDR applied just the opposite formula. The Hoot-Smalley Act [sic], which was a tremendous burden on tariff restrictions. And then, of course, trade barriers, and the regulatory burden and tax barriers. That's what we saw happen under FDR that took a recession and blew it into a full-scale depression. The American people suffered for almost ten years under that kind of thinking.
Where do we start? We can start with the fact that the recession Coolidge dealt with wasn't even close to what FDR faced. The stock market didn't crash during the Coolidge administration, the GDP did not collapse, the banking system was still intact and he didn't inherit a 25 percent unemployment rate. The depression started in 1929, and didn't start turning around until 1933, the year FDR became president. If you want, go look up the GDP numbers yourself.
And that "Hoot-Smalley Act"? The Smoot-Hawley Act was signed into the law by Republican Herbert Hoover, and is named after Sen. Reed Smoot and Rep. Willis Hawley, both Republicans.
Somewhere in Minnesota, a village is missing its idiot.