The IUSB Vision Weblog

The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

Weblog Submission to the Editor (Paul Roma)

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

What has the GOP ever done for the working class?

As we go to the polls this November, this will be our last chance to stop the irresponsible and unfair economic policies of the Bush administration.  As the working class continue to vote against their best economic interests, and instead vote on “wedge issues” please ask yourself what has the GOP ever done for the working class. 

But you may also ask, what have democrats done.  I am glad you asked.  How about Social Security; Medicare-Medicaid; Peace Corps; unemployment insurance; welfare (for the poor and corporate); civil rights; student grant and loan programs; safety laws (OSHA); environmental laws; prevailing wage laws; right to collective bargaining (which brought about paid medical insurance, paid vacations, pensions, etc.); workers’ compensation; Marshall Plan; flood-disaster insurance; School Lunch Program; women’s rights.

Need more, how about the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established a minimum wage, instituted child labor laws, and set up time-and-a-half pay for over a 40-hour week. FHA-HUD with its public housing, urban renewal and 44 million residential homes (before WWII almost 70 percent of our nation were renters; by the 1970s this had been reversed). And farm-conservation subsidies –USDA programs, Farmers Home Administration (the bankers didn’t make rural loans), small flood-control lakes (more than 3,000 in Oklahoma alone), rural water districts, rural electricity (REA).

The GI Bill was passed by democrats, which the Republicans at the time bitterly opposed. They were salivating over millions of returning veterans to hire as cheap labor. More than 80 million vets have used college benefits (including myself) creating millions of entrepreneurs; most of them had never dreamed of college. For the unemployed GI, there was $20 a week for 52 weeks to help get started (a lot of money in those days). The Veterans Administration provided more than 2 million home loans.

For the bankers, the Democratic Party saved their industry with the creation of FDIC and FSLIC, insuring their deposits, and saved Wall Street with the establishment of the Securities Exchange Commission.

The oil men came on bended knees to FDR at a time when East Texas oil was 4 cents a barrel and begged him to save their industry. He did; prorationing overturned the rule of capture and the days of flush production were over. Prorating has served this great industry (and nation) well.

What it boils down to is this: the Democratic Party dragged the Republicans into the 20th century scratching and screaming with their heels in the mud, fighting anything that’s progressive, everything that’s made this country great. Republicans have never understood that the spending power of blue-collar workers, obtained through Democrats and unions, is what really made this country great. They believe “The Good Life” was obtained from their own endeavors. They cloak greed in religion and patriotism, railing against any form of tax, never comprehending that these programs have benefited all of us and our country.”

Paul Roma

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