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    we Democrats are suffering from our success.  At the time of the Great Depression and before it the poorest were the elderly.  They had no retirement and had to work until dead or incapable.  After the efforts of FDR, Truman, Kennedy/LBJ they became, as a group, the wealthiest Americans.  In addition, FDR and Truman created a whole new class of Americans due to their support of organized labor, the middle class.  

    In good economic times it is easier to think that you are your own success and think that you deserve it and others less successful are their own failures and Reagan took full advantage of that.  Republicans had been spouting since FDR about the size of the government and how horrible it was to be taxing people but it was with Reagan they really got into the groove.

    Before Reagan even Republicans thought that poverty was something the government had a duty to fight.  Once Reagan created the myth of the Welfare Queen who stole our hard earned tax dollars to spend on her furs and Cadillacs and filet mignon it was very liberating to the middle class who could oppose those anti-poverty programs over waste and corruption in the programs while not putting down the 'deserving poor', whoever they were.  

    After the Reagan era of 'greed is good', even the Democratic candidates for President stopped talking about poverty.  Heck, they even joined in on beating up on the poor a la Bill Clinton and his phony welfare reform.

    So, in the end, I don't believe we will see much compassion return to the general country until we see large numbers of people have a moment (like FDR when struck down with polio) where they realize they rely on one another instead of just pretending they earned it all themselves.  It seems like we are getting there and I only wonder if it will be a long downward spiral or a quick off the cliff moment.

    It's just a name like the Death Zone or the Zone of No Return.All the zones have names like that in the Galaxy of Terror. H.J.F.

    by msstaley on Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 07:24:21 PM PDT

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