The Intellectual House of Pancakes commended to us this fabulous site chronicling the presidential election endorsements of the New York Times throughout its existence. You get a brief snippet of each endorsement, and then a .pdf of the full editorial.
I was fascinated to read this portion of the editorial endorsement of Wendell Wilkie over FDR [whose "fiscal policies . . . have failed disastrously"] in 1940:
My extra-partisan* view of our current fiscal, financial, and economic [and yes, they're all distinct] problems is so consonant with a notion stressed in the editorial: the belief that it is possible to grow richer by working less and producing less. As so many people got so rich the last fifteen years, I wondered daily what they were producing. I realize that services and conveniences can be incredibly productive; I'm not simplifying by wondering what physical products are being delivered. And I even understand leveraging, and using our stored "wealth" and expected production to accomplish more, and as a foundation for building capital. But a ton of people made a ton of money out of the fiction that there was undicscovered wealth that they were helping to discover, when they were just creating a fictin of wealth and fleecing the next four generations. . . .
* I say extra-partisan because I have some partisan beliefs that inform, and may even distort, my understanding of these issues, but I sometimes have overriding observations that don't seem related to those distortions.