With apologies to Jimmy Breslin, as far as Obama and economics goes, apparently not. So, we're in a recession, and we decide to pick a trade war with one of our biggest trading partners*, and a -perhaps- rapidly growing economy.
Smoot Hawley, anyone?
I guess the recent suggestions that Obama is following Herbert Hoover's radical increase in the size and scope of government, followed by more of the same by Roosevelt, was more on the money than not.
In the battle of intellectual candlepower, Obama isn't going to come off well against James Buchanan.
*granted, Thomas Friedman loves the idea of the Beijing Regime's ability of tossing dissenters in the gulag in order to “get things done”, mostly because it doesn't occur to him that he'd be one of the first to be sent to the camps....