Politics: Happy Birthday Social Security!

Social Security (which included unemployment benefits) turns 75 today—at a time when Republicans are back to pushing for its destruction. This is a good example of why a party of strong ideology (like the Republicans) is bad and a party of pragmatism (like the Democrats) is good. The Republicans were not always so ideological, however. Here is a quotation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower from a letter to his brother Edgar on 8 November 1954:

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 H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

Of course, compared to the neo-fascists of the Republican Party, even Barry Goldwater looks pretty good. But he didn’t have the best political ad of all time:

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