Michelle Bachmann, as I have said before, the gift that keeps on giving, from the Congressional Record.
"FDR applied just the opposite formula--the Hoot-Smalley Act, 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 10 years under that kind of thinking."
Let me deal with the rest of the idiocy in this comment, before I get to my main point. First of all, Michelle, the name of this bill was the Smoot-Hawley Act. More about this name "slip" later. Second, it was passed in 1930, three years before FDR took office, by a Republican congress, and signed into law by a Republican President whom you may have heard of, named Herbert Hoover. Both Smoot and Hawley were Republicans. Finally, when Roosevelt took office, unemployment was 25%. Some recession.
Now, as to Michelle's "accident" with the name of this bill. Believe me, just like Michael Steele, this woman never makes a mistake. Everything she does has a deeply thought out purpose. Normally that purpose is to appear just as stupid and ignorant as her base, but here, I believe, it goes far beyond that. Honestly, I do not know who Hoot was, but I sure know who Stuart Smalley is.
Yes, in advance of his inevitable seating as a Senator from her home state, Michelle is already setting the groundwork for blaming Al Franken for the great depression.
You gotta love this woman.