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An Ode Ode to the Welfare State

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An Ode Ode to the Welfare State

An Ode Ode to the Welfare State
October 18
17:28 2019

Times they are (not) a changin’

We hear so much today about change – that we are living in unprecedented times.  A lot of the discussion deals with the Democratic Party’s shift to the left to embrace socialism.  Actually, the donkey party has not changed all that much–  and this bit of 1949 humor makes the point.

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In response to what it described as a “pie-in-the-sky” speech by President Harry Truman, the New York Daily News published this “Ode to the Welfare State.”

 

Father, must I go to work?

No, my lucky son.

We’re living now on Easy Street

On dough from Washington.

 

We’ve left it up to Uncle Sam,

So don’t get exercised.

Nobody has to give a damn –

We’ve all been subsidized.

 

But if Sam treats us all so well

And feeds us milk and honey,

Please, daddy, tell me what the hell

He’s going to use for money.

 

Don’t worry, bub, there’s not a hitch

In this here noble plan –

He simply soaks the filthy rich

And helps the common man.

 

But, father, won’t there come a time

When they run out of cash

And we have left them not a dime

When things will go to smash?

 

My faith in you is shrinking, son,

You nosy little brat;

You do too damn much thinking, son,

To be a Democrat.

 

That was a time when socialism was being pushed at the highest levels of government.  In fact, President Roosevelt had a socialist Vice President, Henry Wallace, from 1941 to 1945.  Knowing that a socialist President was unacceptable to the country, Senator Harry Truman replaced Wallace on the ticket for the 1944 election because it was already known to insiders that Roosevelt had only a short time to live, and the Vice President – whoever it was – would become President.   FDR died three months after his inauguration to a fourth term.

Not since Wallace has a socialist come so close to the presidency as has Senator Bernie Sanders in the past four years.  Like Wallace, he is unlikely to ever reside in the White House.  His everything-for-everybody socialism is still unacceptable and disbelieved by most Americans.

American rejection of socialism will also negatively impact on such socialist-lite candidates as Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Unlike Sanders, Warren proclaims to be a capitalist, but that is about as honest a statement as her claim of Native American blood and losing a teaching job because of a pregnancy.

It is often advised that if something sounds too good to be true, it won’t be.  That is the foundation of socialism – which has never uplifted a society.  Democratic socialism – as Sanders likes to call it – is an oxymoron.  Top-down socialism is the antithesis of democratic governance in which the will of the people is paramount.

It seems that the siren call to socialism strikes a chord within the Democratic Party and occasionally gains a bit of traction – as it has today.  Fortunately, we the people are not so easily beguiled by Utopian dreams and impossible-to-keep promises.

We have seen this socialist movie before and gave it the bad reviews it so richly deserves – and hopefully we will do it again.

So, there ‘tis.

 

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Roger
    Roger October 19, 21:18

    As the law stands now, insurance companies can collude to fix prices with the ascent of the government. Govt & corporate collusion is fascism. What Bernie is offering is replacing insurance company rigged prices with a government insurance program. If you consider that to be socialism, I am all in favor of that alternative.

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