Burton Folsom Jr.

Burton Folsom Jr. is professor of history at Hillsdale College and author of New Deal or Raw Deal? (Simon & Schuster, 2008). His latest book, co-authored with Anita Folsom, is FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Elizabeth Warren Dips into FDR’s Bag of Dirty Tricks


“If we give you taxpayer dollars, you give us your vote. Okay?” That seems to be the message promoted by Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Massachusetts. In an effort to stuff welfare recipients into voting booths in November, Warren’s daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi is spearheading an effort to force the state of […]

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Herbert Hoover’s Long-Awaited Magnum Opus


Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath  Edited with an introduction by George H. Nash (Hoover Institution Press, 957 pages, $49.95)  “I have not got too far to go [in writing my Magnum Opus] and this is the most important job of my remaining years.” Thus wrote former […]

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Obama Against Any President


According to President Obama, those presidents who grow government the most are candidates for being the greatest presidents. Big glitzy programs count for a lot. In an interview with Steve Kroft of CBS on 60 Minutes Overtime, President Obama spoke glowingly of his contributions: “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our […]

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Mitt Romney’s Chance for Glory


Let’s set the stage for a story about Governor Romney, the candidate for president. The Gallup poll showed him in the lead to win the Republican nomination. Another poll showed him beating the incumbent Democratic president by eight percent. Then, before the New Hampshire primary, Governor Romney made a slip of the tongue, an off-the-cuff […]

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Road Runners


Who should build and fix the nation’s roads? The Democrats clearly believe road building and repair is best done by the federal government. President Obama, in fact, made infrastructure improvements a major part of his $787 billion stimulus package. And in the New Hampshire debate on Saturday night, the Republicans sadly seemed to look to […]

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FDR’s Class Warfare: A Tutorial For Obama


“It’s only right that we ask everyone to pay their fair share,” President Obama has declared, while calling for higher taxes on the group he refers to as “millionaires and billionaires.” Redistribution is the key concept–President Obama again and again demands that the U.S. redistribute wealth from one group of Americans to another. Where does […]

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Obama’s Vision Through History


Let’s set the stage. After 25 years of economic growth, the U.S. stumbles into a recession and double-digit unemployment. An unpopular war aggravates the crisis; the national debt skyrockets. In response, the nation elects a fresh face: a first-term U.S. senator from a Midwestern state, with a vice president from an Eastern state. They promise […]

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FDR and Obama: Their First Hundred Days


On April 29, the U.S. will have survived the first hundred days of President Barack Obama. Of course, unemployment is up and the stock market is down, but the president’s optimism is still unbounded. Mr.Obama’s staff is encouraging writers to find parallels to FDR and his first hundred days as president 75 years ago during […]

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