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Eisenhower quote 1954 [Jun. 14th, 2005|09:36 am]
Ike said:

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you
would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a
tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things.
Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional
politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible
and they are very stupid."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

(Note to all who believe that this quote is way too perfect to be for
real: should you wish to find the source, go to the Eisenhower
Presidential Papers, Document #1147; November 8, 1954)

The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, Volume XV - The Presidency: The
Middle Way
Part VI: Crises Abroad, Party Problems at Home; September 1954 to
December 1954

[User Picture]From: tigercelly
2005-06-14 01:49 pm (UTC)
That's insane. Ike was psychic..
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[User Picture]From: androidqueen
2005-06-14 02:21 pm (UTC)
nah, it's not too perfect to be real. it's just outdated.

the concept of abolishing social security has been around for a long time now, you know, since people started predicting that it would doom out on us in the 90s. it has been growing steadily more popular, to the point where a political party can mention it and not be run out of town on a rail and the number is not negligible and they are not (necessarily) very stupid. maybe just a little stupid. the "texas oil millionaires" is not surprising either, as they were a.) rich, and thus would have a harder time seeing the necessity (in my mind) of social programs, and b.) from texas, which has tended for a long time, and with some fairly interesting historical reasons, to be very economically (and unfortunately, socially) conservative, even when it elected democrats.

n.b.: my own opinion on american socialism is, of course, vague and hazy and rather uneducated, and comes from a fat, lazy american who knows damn well that by the time she's old enough to receive social security, she probably won't be getting it, and she probably won't need it.
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[User Picture]From: androidqueen
2005-06-14 02:23 pm (UTC)

i saw you on the corner of elm and mossland st on sunday, but you were talking to someone, so i didn't stop.
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[User Picture]From: potentialtoburn
2005-06-14 04:21 pm (UTC)
that was my friend emily. after tuning her bike, we were deciding whether or not to drink more beer. or course we drank more...
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[User Picture]From: potentialtoburn
2005-06-14 04:22 pm (UTC)
good perspective. thanks.
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From: daretoeatapeach
2005-06-14 10:59 pm (UTC)
Well we'll see if the dem's can come up with any ideas to help fix it. Speaking of fat and lazy people, it's time to end Welfare. If I recall correctly, the great depression is over.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-06-15 04:06 pm (UTC)

What about LBJ

I agree that Texas may be more conservative socially and economically than the rest of the country but not everyone from there is. LBJ was certainly not http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/biographys.hom/lbj_bio.asp
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[User Picture]From: knot_me
2005-06-14 07:34 pm (UTC)
nice. maybe it should get fowarded to bush.
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