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  •  It's in their world view... (none)
    I agree, destroying the New Deal fits into their world view: government programs that provide help to the "undisciplined" must be abolished. The government is the strict father whose sole function is to support and protect only those citizens that are self reliant and prosperous. Government regulations are mere impediments to the pursuit of self.  


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    by ivolsky on Tue Dec 14, 2004 at 01:42:44 PM PST

    •  Don't Get Me Wrong Here... (none)
      FDR is still my favorite President, but there are parts of the New Deal that ought to be repealed.  In many cases, it's because they've turned into shells of their former selves (if you can call a law a self).  I was just writing about the problem with the National Labor Relations Act today on another post.  It's a great law, but since unions can't do anything with a fascist, bureaucratic NLRB in power for the forseeable future, I think labor would be better off on its own, avoiding the restrictions that come with state-sanctioned collective bargaining.

      And why is the government still subsidizing farmers to grow food we don't need?  Are there still any deserving small farmers left in this country?  Brazilians can grow more sugar than Cuban exiles in Florida and it won't cause hald the environmental damage.  It might even encourage them not to destroy the rain forest to graze cattle.

      I remember a 60 Minutes segment a few years back on the Rural Electrification Administration.  They turned the lights on in Rural America 70 years ago and its still there.  Why?

      I am not proposing a return to child labor, forced overtime and no Social Security.  I'm also not suggesting that the Commerce Clause should be interpreted the way Janice Rogers Brown and her ilk want.

      My point is simply that we need to think outside the box.  Just because FDR supported a particular program doesn't make it good.  Since we can't stop the conservative judges already in power from gutting the New Deal, we should spend more time thinking up NEW ways to help people.  If those laws are overturned thanks to 100 year old interpretations of the Commerce Clause, then maybe people will be worried about something else besides abortion rights.


      "Every country needs a good lefty. ... We even have some in our country." George W. Bush, 12/1/04

      by JR Monsterfodder on Tue Dec 14, 2004 at 04:32:12 PM PST

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      •  Yes and no (none)
        FDR said try something and if it doesn't work, try something else ( no its not an exact quote). That said, I don't the problem is so much the NLRB, but the people in charge of the NLRB right now. Also, Dems have not supported unions much of late.  A federal agency can become the captive of the regulated and non-feasance is as good as malfeasance if you want to render an agency useless.

        "Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right"

        by molly bloom on Tue Dec 14, 2004 at 05:26:59 PM PST

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