Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

A Historical Record

Democratic Presidents have been dedicated to helping people in need.

Woodrow Wilson supported the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, thereby giving women the right to vote.

Franklin Roosevelt signed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Act, (FDIC) which successfully secured the bank deposits for generations of Americans.  In 1935, he signed the Social Security Act.  FDR became president in 1933, and unemployment had reached 24.9 percent, by 1936 it had dropped to 17.0 percent.  The Republican policy of less government and tax cuts wouldn’t have end the Great Depression, develop the atomic bomb or win WW II.

Truman’s Fair Deal expanded Social Security, instituted a full-employment program, and signed a Fair Employment Practices Act.  He urged Congress to approve the Marshall Plan, a plan that reduced communist influence in Western Europe.  The popularity of the communist parties faded and the trade relations forge in North Atlantic alliance persisted throughout the Cold War.

In 1969, the first humans landed on the Moon.  Thus, fulfilling President Kennedy’s goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s.  LBJ completed Kennedy’s term and was then elected president by a large margin in 1964.  He was responsible for designing the “Great Society” legislation that included laws that upheld Civil Rights, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protection, and aid to education.

The 10 principles Carter proposed for a national energy plan was opposed by the oil and gas industry.  The Reagan administration ignored the 10 principles Congress had approved and gutted or terminated Carter’s programs.

Clinton created jobs, significantly reduced unemployment and brought about a budget surplus.  Republicans haven’t produced a president in the past 40 years that balanced a budget.

Obama has been making the lives of all Americans better, which is a highly cherished tradition for Democratic presidents.  He signed the Recovery and Reinvestment Act that prevented a terrible financial crisis from getting worse and turned the economy from contraction to expansion.

For the past 72 months, we’ve been adding private-sector jobs.  That includes more than 14 million new jobs in the past 2 years, which is the strongest two years of job growth since the '90s.  Since Obama took office the unemployment has been rate cut in half.  Our auto industry was had its best year ever.  Manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years.  That has been accomplished, while our deficits were cut by almost three-quarters.


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