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Entries in FDR (7)

Friday
Dec072012

FDR had a big sex life and other presidential revisions


The film Hyde Park on Hudson is out, and more than one critic appears to be upset about the commercialization of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s dalliances with women other than his wife.

Of course this can’t bother FDR. He’s long dead and so are his wife and children.

Bill Murray stars in the film as the president who held his office from 1933-1945.

I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t say whether the critics are right.

However, most presidents get a closer look long after they die, especially Democrats.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

On issues about weight, the government wanted to “thin” the U.S. in 1946

The caption with this photo at the U.S. Library of Congress reads: “Former President Herbert Hoover (right) pledges his support to President Harry S. Truman in a voluntary program to thin the American diet so that starving nations abroad may be fed…” [March 1, 1946]World War II resulted in devastating losses even for the victors. A number of countries in the world, including the defeated Germany, were sorely challenged when it came to feeding the citizenry.

Even in 1946 after a costly war, the U.S. was seen as an example of prosperity.

That’s why President Harry S. Truman, a Democrat, teamed up with former President Herbert Hoover, a Republican, in an effort to feed “starving nations abroad.”

One tactic was to “thin the American diet.”

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Obama goes FDR on Supremes as Americans not told truth about uninsured

Updated on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 12:34PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

President Barack Obama is having an FDR moment right now, awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as ObamaCare. Obama has the bully pulpit and he’s giving Americans the impression the healthcare market will be in disarray if this vast, sweeping bill of more than 2,000 pages is ruled unconstitutional.

However, Obama has deliberately omitted talking about exactly who the uninsured are.

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Writer died before Obama born, but pegged president’s administration perfectly

Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover traveled to the US Capitol together for Roosevelt’s inauguration on March 4, 1933. Both presidents pushed a big-government policy that increased the hardships of the American people. (Photo from Architect of the Capitol,AOC no. 18241)

H. L. Mencken, an author who was a social and literary critic known for his biting wit, died before President Barack Obama was born. However, Mencken summed up the Obama administration perfectly.

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Tuesday
Jun282011

Will global warming bubble tank the future middle class?

Progressive presidents favor bubbles when it comes to the economy. President Bill Clinton did that with dot coms, and he turned affordable housing into one of the most powerful political weapons a president could wield.

By the time the housing bubble exploded, Clinton was long gone. Most had forgotten his passion-filled speeches aiming at a mortgage for every American. Even now many Americans don’t realize the housing bubble was built on the backs of the most vulnerable in society and the cost was passed on to taxpayers.

The next bubble progressives are shaping is based on global warming. Better to ask now than later: Will this bubble tank the future middle class?

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Tuesday
Aug042009

Reid’s ‘take on the world’ bluster pits Main Street against government in healthcare war

[Photo Credit: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control ]Democrats are giddy these days, at least they are if they’re the Pelosi/Reid/Emanuel brand—lover of big government, spend and taxer, paramour of the Nanny State whose first marriage came long ago to another like-minded Dem, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. For these Dems, times are good. The New Deal and the concept of “recovery” constitute the approach and platform for the Party holding absolute power in Washington. So it seemed apropos when wire services reported Sen. Harry Reid issued a war cry after President Barack Obama had lunch with most members of the Senate Dem caucus. And trying to look as warrior-like as possible I’m sure, Reid said, “We’re ready to take on the world.”

By that statement I assume most Democratic Party speechwriters are crafting heartfelt apologies at an increased pace, assuring the world the US is to blame for every mishap around the globe. And I assume Reid also intended to go full speed ahead with what he and his ideological kin are calling “healthcare reform,” gathering the troops to go forth in the waning days of summer and sell Americans the most ineptly crafted bill I have seen, even surpassing the Energy bill the Dems rushed together with the speed of an ACORN employee soliciting voter registrations.

The Washington Post ran a header, ‘Health Insurance Lobby Strikes Back at Industry’s Critics.’ The article reported on remarks in a news release by Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans.

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Tuesday
Mar312009

Economist’s views on ‘Great Depression’ at RLC raise questions about Obama’s plans

Lawrence Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, delivered a riveting address about the Great Depression during the banquet at the Republican Liberty Caucus national convention.Economist Lawrence W. Reed delivered the keynote address at the Republican Liberty Caucus national convention Saturday during the banquet, and he committed some serious myth-busting about the ‘Great Depression.’ Reed fractured one myth in his opening statements. Most Americans believe corporate America caused the Depression.

"The Federal Reserve system was at the core then—and today,” he said. Reed built a solid argument for the Depression’s causes, and analyzed the economic meltdown that began during President Herbert Hoover’s first term and proceeded to antagonize the global economy for more than two decades. By the end of Reed’s address one conclusion is inescapable: the current administration is following a path very similar to steps taken by administrations in charge during our troubled past.

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