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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Jack Anderson was a Washington columnist and a watchdog of Congress and wrote columns and did investigations with his partner Drew Pearson about what they saw as potential Congressional corruption. And I guess Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut was one of Mr. Anderson’s victims. Senator Dodd was accused of political corruption, by using his own campaign funds for his personal use. As Joe Pyne said in the video Senator Dodd claimed poverty, but as Anderson said “the man lived like a millionaire”. And the Senate agreed with that and censured the Senator in 1967.

Jack Anderson Being Honored

Jack Anderson Being Honored

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In the 1920s and 30s, the U.S. economy was a pretty freewheeling affair. Taxes were low and regulation of the economy was minimal.  Libertarians were as close to utopia as they had ever been.  When the first Franklin Roosevelt administration took office, they were confronted with the Great Depression.  The New Deal that they fashioned in response, though it seemed radical at the time, was actually a very practical, mainstream, economic response.
The Conservatives were saying that this was a natural fluctuation of the market and that it would recover on its own.  On the Far-Left, the Socialists were saying that this is capitalism at its worst and a great example of how it doesn’t work.  We need to replace it and come up with a completely different  economic system.

FDR was a pragmatic Progressive and didn’t enter the White House with a bold agenda for dealing with the Great Depression.  He had ideas but nothing big and bold.  In airplane pilot’s lingo “He created the New Deal by the seat of his pants.”  Saying that the Roosevelt Administration made it up as they went along is probably too loose but they put in ideas as they got them.  They had not developed a New Deal agenda as far back as the 1932 presidential campaign.

The Socialists were calling for steep new taxes on the wealthy.  I’m sure they wouldn’t have left what was left of the middle class off the hook.  They called for nationalization of industries and creation of a Nordic-like welfare state.   The Libertarians were saying that government should stay out of the way and let the economy fix itself, if anything lower taxes and regulations on private capital.

FDR’s New Deal was in the middle.  It affirmed American capitalism as a good system that empowers millions of Americans to be successful.  What it lacked, and what the New Deal provided, was an insurance system, paid for by the economy itself, for people who need help when the system failed.  This is how Social Security, Unemployment Insurance and Welfare Insurance were created.  The New Deal, included, as well, new infrastructure investment to do needed work that the private sector was neglecting and to provide employment to millions of Americans.

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The Movie

The Movie

Source: CBS News: 60 Minutes- Frost/Nixon

These interviews or even debates that happened between David Frost and Richard Nixon in 1977, are some of the best interviews and debates that I’ve ever seen. Because we got to see an insiders look into Richard Nixon as a man and a president.

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img_0661Source: Bahman Nassiri-ABC News 20/20: David Frost’s 1980 Interview of The Shah of Iran

The Shah of Iran was thrown out by the Iranian people because he was at least a borderline brutal dictator. Who cracked down on people who dissented against his dictatorial regime. And concentrated so much power in his monarchy. The mistake that the Iranian people made was that they replaced a dictatorial monarchy with a dictatorial theocracy. And have been paying the price for that mistake for thirty-four years.Even dictators are somewhat accountable, because of they get too far out ahead of their people and government., there can be a response. Even thrown out by people in their government. Or some type of political revolution whether it’s peaceful, or some type of civil war. Where the country’s allies are telling the leader to step down for the good of their country. And to retain some type of stability in their country. Which is what happened to the Shah who became very unpopular as an authoritarian leaders in a third-world country. With a young population that wanted more freedom.

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March For Freedom

March For Freedom

▶ Washington, D.C. U.S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on Organizing the March on Washington – YouTube.

Organizing a march that became the most important event and speech in the American civil rights movement. That was about yes civil rights and equal rights for all Americans but also about economics. And social and economic justice for low-income Americans.

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1930s America

1930s America

▶ Newsreel Summary of 1935 Events – YouTube.

This was at the heart of the Great Depression in America

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Dr. of Civil Rights

Dr. of Civil Rights

Dr King speaks deep – YouTube.

Sounds like Dr. King talking about proposing Federal public funding for African-American colleges and universities.

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