Santorum: FDR ‘Drove Businessmen Away,’ ‘Stopped Creativity’

Franklin Delano Roosevelt may be widely celebrated for his role in navigating the country through the Great Depression, but that’s not how Rick Santorum sees it.  

Appearing on Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning, the former Pennsylvania senator and one-time presidential contender called President Barack Obama “the most hostile president to the private sector” since Roosevelt.  Moreover, Santorum argued that FDR compounded matters when the United States was in the economic doldrums.

That was sort of the theme from last night. But it’s really true. This president is the most hostile president to the private sector since Franklin Roosevelt. Look what happened under Roosevelt. Years after years of playing the class warfare politics, which Roosevelt did during the Great Depression, and he drove businessmen away.  He stopped creativity, he stopped innovation, he stopped people who were willing to risk and invest, and that’s what’s happening.  So, one of the reasons these welfare rolls are going up is because of this president and his hostility toward the private sector in America. And it’s a place to get money to then redistribute it to those who will hopefully vote for him. This is a — this is what happened in the Great Depression and if we keep this up, we’re going to experience even more economic problems.

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