William Howard Taft was the President of the United States in 1910. He was a Republican and called the Trust Buster President because he broke up over -arge corporations with monopolies on products.
He strengthened the Interstate Commerce Commission , promoted Civil Service Reform and strengthened the Postal Service. He also passed the Constitutional Amendment establishing income tax. The business interests of the day hated him and predicted the downfall of the United States over such horrifying changes.
Instead, we had years of prosperity and a burgeoning middle class. Workers made money and spent it and made more money for Wall St. than even the Wall St. mogus imagined.
Today, we have a political civil war going on, it’s all about money and power, not the working people of our nation. We have a war on the middle class and an out of touch electorate.
Consider this quote from the past:
“We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike.”
– Adolf Hitler, May 2 1933
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This is America under a corpocracy, not a democracy. A blighted Detroit neighborhood after Ford closed their plant and sent production overseas. And, who is getting blamed for a neighborhood that should be bulldozed? Not the Governor of this state. Not the Feds. It is the poor people, mostly immigrants who have moved into sectors and formed a community. People are rightfully fearful that because it is poverty stricken, crime and drug riddled, we will have a homegrown terrorists breeding ground.
America is getting more and more blighted neighborhoods because of the mortgage crisis. Some states, like Ohio, is taking over, from the banks, these foreclosed homes. ( We bailed out those banks with billions of taxpayer dollars.) Fixing up the blighted areas as low cost rentals for people who have marginable jobs is working and doesn’t create instant slums like the old projects have in the past.
And the business sector that can fix our problems if only we allow them to be unfettered and unregulated? This is one example of how they do it. This youtube video is very short and to the point.
Read the preamble to our constitution and ask yourself, what part of Promote The General Welfare do our politicians not understand?
promote the general Welfare
This, and the next part of the Preamble, are the culmination of everything that came before it — the whole point of having tranquility, justice, and defense was to promote the general welfare — to allow every state and every citizen of those states to benefit from what the government could provide. The framers looked forward to the expansion of land holdings, industry, and investment, and they knew that a strong national government would be the beginning of that.
I’ve had my rant for today. I hope to blog in the days ahead, as we travel the road south, some positive values to counteract the negative here.