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ECONOMY: Efforts designed to destroy the middle class

Letter by George Robison, Gig Harbor on March 14, 2011 at 9:40 am | 14 Comments »
March 15, 2011 8:20 am

In his 1937 inaugural speech FDR said:

“In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens – a substantial part of its whole population – who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. I see millions of families trying to live on incomes so meager that the pall of family disaster hangs over them day by day. . . . I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.

“We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country’s interest and concern. . . . The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

His remarks would fit today, with efforts in many places designed to destroy the middle class, make people worse off so that they will accept lower wages and standards, and provide more to those who have so much they have problems spending their money.

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