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Section A: General News


‘New Deal’ and ‘Great Society’ are money well-spent




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Tracy Joseph Bogert
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May 23, 2012 | 1,777 views | 23 comments

When the stock market crashed in 1929 most people didn’t realize we would be in the midst of a 10-year financial nightmare.

Fortunately most Americans were smart enough at that time to vote Franklin Roosevelt into office. Roosevelt was so popular he was elected to four 4-year terms and was the reason the law was changed to limit Presidents to two 4-year terms. That was not because of anything bad he did but because Republicans knew they could not lead our country and were afraid Democrats would continue to get elected.

When Roosevelt took office in 1933, the country was in shambles because of the unregulated wheeling and dealing of Wall Street. From 1021 to 1933, the United States had the perfect storm of stupidity when they elected Republicans Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, who turned out to be three of the emptiest suits to ever preside over this country.

The philosophy of these three mental midgets was no regulation and never help anyone in need.

In 1933 when Roosevelt took office he had to act quickly. He started several programs to help with jobs, such as the Works Progress Administration, which put men to work and food on the table of starving families.

Also, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created to oversee dozens of projects, put tens of thousands to work, and, to this day, is the largest electrical provider in the United States. Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Act, which was designed to combat the widespread poverty among senior citizens. It provided income to retired wage earners, and remains one of the most popular government programs. It is funded by current wage earners and their employers.

I would argue that if you, your parents, or grandparents ever received Social Security, you are a whimpering hypocrite if you are against the program.

These “New Deal” programs basically saved our country from financial disaster and possibly saved our freedoms and our way of life. Roosevelt was an American hero and is an awesome example of what our country can do when we all pull together. Economically we have been in a mess for 30-plus years because of overspending on defense and military issues as well as not cutting waste in government programs. However, make no mistake that a huge majority of government programs enacted by Democratic residents and Congress have been a success.

Most of these programs, such as Head Start, were begun for people to actually have a pair of boots with straps to pull themselves up with. These are not handouts but programs and ideals to benefit society. As the saying goes, you are only as wealthy as the poorest among you.

This could be said of education as well. We are only as educated as the least educated among us. I propose that, instead of gutting programs such as Head Start and firing 100,000 teachers, we should hire more teachers and start more programs for children of all ages, especially children who are of preschool age.

The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts are no less important. As a country we should have never tolerated hatred and bigotry, which we did for over 190 years in the United States. It took visionary Democrats such as Lyndon Johnson to challenge Americans to look at how we treated minorities and women in this country.

“We built this Nation to serve its people. We want to grow and build and create, but we want progress to be the servant and not the master of man. We do not intend to live in the midst of abundance, isolated from neighbors and nature, confined by blighted cities and bleak suburbs, stunted by a poverty of learning and an emptiness of leisure. The Great Society asks not how much, but how good; not only how to create wealth but how to use it; not only how fast we are going, but where we are headed.”

The above quote is Johnson’s idea of what a great society should be. The New Deal was enacted to save our country from financial ruin and the Great Society was to help broaden civil rights, educate our young, and to help deal with poverty.

Although our country has a lot of debt, I argue that without those programs, our country would not exist as it was intended by our Founding Fathers. We would probably all be reading history books about the Supreme Ruler of the world, Adolph Hitler, instead of having the freedom to bash Democrats and to call the president of the United States a “non-citizen.”
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
May 30, 2012 7:58am
 
I don't know why you people even read this fool's rants. I thought that was the section of the paper we were supposed to line our bird cages with.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 29, 2012 12:40pm
 
West of San Antonio on I-10, there is a ROOSEVELT sign, a few miles down the road is a WELFARE sign.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 29, 2012 12:33pm
 
Note to all.....When you argue with an idiot, you're both arguing with a fool. Credit to he who first coined this phrase. I'm sure it must have been a male referring to the futility of disagreeing with his wife.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
May 29, 2012 12:09pm
 
If Bogert is really a "straw man" I have just one question. Anybody got a match?

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
May 29, 2012 11:34am
 
The right of freedom of speech is a dangerous thing in the hands of fools. Fortunately for us, conservatives, the liberal demos cannot keep from spouting their propoganda thus allowing us to point out that it is mostly untrue. ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
May 28, 2012 5:58am
 
Here is what it has come to for me. I will not vote for a politician. If there is a common working man that is running against a politician - that is who I will vote for. And I will throw lawyers in there - I will not vote ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 28, 2012 3:47am
 
Be Careful.....EPA....ADA...EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT... All were signed by a Republican president. The ADA and the EPA acts have had a tremendous negative impact on small small and large businesses. The earned income tax ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
May 27, 2012 11:37pm
 
Tracy as usual provides ranting and ravings about how bad the Republican Party is. I think Elaine is using him as a stooge to show how dimwitted the democratic arguments are. Tracy wouldn't know a fact if it hit him in the ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
May 27, 2012 1:46pm
 
"History is a tool used by politicans to justify their intention." Ted Koppel This fish fodder article is a prime example.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 27, 2012 9:51am
 
Mr Mills.....there you go again.....insulting the village idiot.....

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