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

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Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

During My Lifetime

During my lifetime Democratic presidents have been dedicated to helping people in need.

Franklin Roosevelt signed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Act, (FDIC) which has successfully secured bank deposits for generations of Americans.  In 1935, he signed the Social Security Act.  FDR became president in 1933.  Unemployment had reached 24.9 percent, but 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, build the atomic bomb or won WW II.

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

On June 11, 1963, before President Kennedy was assassinated, he called for a civil rights bill.  Eventually, legislation that outlawed discrimination and ended racial segregation was signed into law by LBJ.

President Johnson was responsible for designing the “Great Society” legislation that provided for Civil Rights, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protection, and aid to education.

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

President Clinton’s administration created jobs, that significantly reduced unemployment and brought about a budget surplus.

President Obama signed the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and for 6 consecutive years, we’ve been adding private-sector jobs.  The unemployment rate has dropped to 5.0 percent.  He rescued America’s auto industry when it was on the brink of extinction, and signed Wall Street, credit card, and student loan reforms.  

Today, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Acts, 90 percent of Americans have health insurance. 

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