I believe that his fight with polio forged determination and compassion into Franklin Delano Roosevelt and made him the man he was.
Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt took a government that looked down on the people and made it respond to human needs.
Warm Springs Historic District
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Republicans want to take away Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, the 40 hour work week, child labor laws, and public education. I don't believe that is possible in a democracy. I believe only a feared dictator can make the Republican Plans happen.
"former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience at the Heritage Foundation that “this is the third great effort to break out of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt model.”...
"So what is this “FDR model” that Gingrich finds so odious? Roosevelt took office amidst a catastrophic depression, but he also assumed power at a time when a conservative majority on the Supreme Court choked off progressive legislation, especially laws intended to protect workers. These rigid limits on governance, FDR proclaimed a month before he accepted his party’s nomination to be president, would hobble the nation’s ability to extract itself from the Great Depression.
“The country demands bold, persistent experimentation,” Roosevelt told the graduating class of Oglethorpe University. “It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.”
Some of these experiments were flops. Others were smothered in the cradle by conservatives on the Supreme Court. But Roosevelt’s experiments also provided workers with a minimum wage and a right to unionize. And he signed the Social Security Act, which didn’t just provide a safety net to the aged and the unemployed, but which also laid the foundation for health legislation such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Roosevelt’s experiments brought modern liberalism into being in the United States, and they helped liberals prove that their model works.
Early signs suggest that Gingrich’s predictions that Roosevelt’s legacy could be undone should be taken seriously. Republicans in the House hope to cut Social Security benefits by 20–50 percent. Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to voucherize Medicare would drive up out-of-pocket costs for seniors by about 40 percent. Then he’d cut Medicaid by between a third and a half.
At the very least, Republicans are serious about gutting the safety net that Roosevelt began to weave in the 1930s.
Of course, Trump did say he would resist such efforts when he was a presidential candidate, but now that he is president-elect, he is stacking his cabinet nominees with Republicans broadly sympathetic to Ryan’s agenda and publicly trying to mend fences with the sitting House speaker.
Trump, in other words, appears to have pulled a bait-and-switch on his voters. He promised them a kind of racist populism, hostile to minority groups but defensive of social welfare programs that most Republican base voters hold dear. And now he appears poised to slash those programs instead.
Dec 14, 2016Ian Millhiser
Justice Editor, ThinkProgress.
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