Thursday, January 23, 2014

Who said that?

On government assistance:
#1: "We must find ways of returning far more of our dependent people to independence."
On business and government assistance:
#2: "The capitalists who make the investments, the managers who manage it, and the workers who produce it-have got to be concerned about these taxeaters"
#3: "The days of the dole in our country are numbered."

Who said these awful things? Was it some extremist right-wing Republican wing nut?

Why no. #1 was President John Kennedy in his "Special Message to Congress on Public Welfare Programs" February 1, 1962
#2 was President Lyndon Johnson in his "Remarks to the Members of the International Labor Press Association" April 27, 1964
#3 was also LBJ, in his "Remarks Upon Signing the Economic Opportunity Act" August 20, 1964.

My point is to illustrate how much the Democrat party has swerved over the last fifty years. When Republicans talk about helping poor people, it's with the same idea as JFK and LBJ -- help them get away from dependence on government. Today's Democrats consider "help" as making it easier for poor people to become and remain dependent on government. 

That's the fundamental difference between the two parties, their vision of America.


Anonymous said...

I agree fully.

Ben Franklin

Anonymous said...


Not sure about LBJ there. I have a story about when I was kid, 12 years old or so. I went with an uncle to a meeting with a former Dem governor of Texas.

He was pushing my uncle for support of LBJ's social efforts, not related to civil rights.

To say the least, his efforts did not come from a pure heart. In fact, rather disturbing.


Anonymous said...

Forgot the point...

The "new Dems" have in mind something much more centralized and controlling than the "old Dems".

It has been fairly well planned, over the last fifty years, to first control the education system, then the media, then the economic systems.

This has all been done by leftists, representing a very small percentage of the population. Incredible that they could get away with it, as far as they have.

After Carter, I always said that the populace had learned a valuable lessen that we would never have to repeat. Boy was I wrong. Now it appears if you buy close to 50% of the country, you can destroy it.

Now the problem occurs that Rs are moving to the left as well.