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Just a reminder

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You might want to go see Michael Moore’s latest – Capitalism – just as a casual remimder of where you live.

It is a hoot when he drives a Brinks truck up to Wall Street and demands our money back. And when he strings up part of Wall Street with “Police Line – Do Not Cross” tape and tries to citizen arrest everyone in Goldman Sachs with a megaphone.

But it isn’t a funny movie. It is profoundly sad.

One thing I found fascinating was the film clip from FDR’s last State of the Union message. The man proposed a second set of amendments to the Constitution to guarantee universal health care, jobs for all at living wages, universal education, secure homes, and a right to do business unincombered by monopolies.

FDR died within a year. None of it was passed by Congress. But Germany and Japan got some of it when the people who worked with him helped rebuild those two countries under the Marshall Plan.

It was the first time I had ever seen FDR give more than 20 seconds worth of a speech and the first time I had every heard what he proposed, and I’ve been taking surveys of American history since the sixth grade.

I guess the powers that be wanted us to forget that Franklin Roosevelt proposed universal health care more than 66 years ago.

Seems we could have had sufficient dialogue on it by now. Instead we are talking about Granny Death Panels.


Written by Charles Keefer

October 5, 2009 at 12:08 am

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  1. the powers that be are the insurance companies (death panel themselves who have been refusing care for years and I get to see this every day, they also dictate what is covered, that is why people don,t get certain things done , because there insurance doesn,t cover it, and why people go broke paying for their care, and why others have to divorce a loved one so that they can keep the house they have lived together in all there lives—oh don,t get me started) and drug companies who make much more every year than our deficit. However is it not a wonderful thing that in OUR country one may express their views in both word and film without being thrown in jail. yeah!


    October 5, 2009 at 7:02 am

  2. On another note, what happened to the contest? Has someone won?

    Carol K

    October 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

  3. Hey Chuck! You actually need to go back one more Roosevelt when you’re talking about universal health care. TR proposed it as a candidate of the Progressive Party in 1912 when he ran against Wilson and Taft. Under the heading “Social and Industrial Justice,” the party platform called for: “The protection of home life against the hazards of sickness, irregular employment and old age through the adoption of a system of social insurance adapted to American use.”

    TR never really fleshed this out in the campaign but he was clearly calling for a social security system that included a health plan. The entire platform makes for interesting reading. You see how far we’ve come,how far we still have to go and — sadly — how much we’ve slipped back. Read it at:

    Scott Campbell

    October 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm

  4. Thanks, Scott. I stand corrected.

    No wonder Tom Peeling is a TR fan.

    Good to hear from you.

    Charles Keefer

    October 5, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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