posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 10:30 PM
reply to post by Misoir
I think FDR was a disaster. Yes, he was a socialist, a typical socialist who has so much money that no amount of government control over the
creation of wealth was ever going to impact him or his family. FDR considered himself royalty, not a common man for any sense of the term. Read a
bit about FDR and you will learn that he was extremely paternalistic in his views. He abhored freedom and felt that the government needed to take
care of the citizens. His general world view was that of a gentle Mao when boiled down to the essential elements.
What FDR did was begin the march to a society where an increasing number of people feed of the state for their livelihoods. This is by design, not
accidental. LBJ took the next step with the Great Society and the War on Poverty and it is now being finalized by BO. I won't deny that many of
the government projects that were instituted by FDR did much to improve the lives of Americans. He did and for that he is to be acknowledged. The
current administration could take a few pointers out of FDR's handbook and embark on some true public works rather than slapping curbs in in
neighborhoods that already have curbs which is what they are doing here. Many of the projects instituted during the FDR era are things that today we
can look at and say - "see that fantastic library? It was built during the depression". Now we'll be able to look at round-abouts and
off-ramps. Real source of pride being generated there....
As far as the sustained economy during those years, it was all due to the build-up of the military industrial machine that continues to haunt us
today. The Cold War started the day after WWII ended. The whole business of graft, corruption and corporate influence over government got a massive
head of steam during the FDR years. The other factor that had a significant impact on the sustained economic health was due to the advent of women
in the workforce. Rosie the Rivitor showed that women could contribute in the workforce in ways that historically were denied them, that fact alone
injected massive talent into the American workforce. FDR had nothing to do with that, it was simple supply and demand of labor, but it had a
demonstrative impact on economic growth.
This country has reached a place from which there is no recovery. We are worse than a typical socialist state. We don't have politicans who have
the stones to say that they desire a socialist society. We don't have people who have the stones who are willing to say that they want socialism.
We have politicians who want the benefits of socialism such as giving out tax payer cash to make themselves feel good, but don't have the integrity
to acknowledge that each time they do that they destroy a bit of the freedom of the society. We have an increasing percentage of citizens who want
the government spiff, but rail against the government.
What we have is a quasi-socialist society that is so complex due to the intellectual dishonesty or incompetence of out political leaders and the
weakness of our citizens that it will be impossible to dismantle.
We would be better off nationalizing everything and getting rid of the half measures and then unwinding the entire to a clean capitalist system. The
mess we have today can not be fixed. The politicans and corporatists don't want it fixed and the complexity of it numbs the average person, so
while getting raped, they just figure they'll lay back and enjoy it.