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Thread #155578   Message #3661347
Posted By: Don Firth
17-Sep-14 - 08:16 PM
Thread Name: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Subject: RE: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Remembering, of course, that the Republican and Democratic parties were not quite the same back then than they are now. The Republican party as it stands now would never have tolerated someone like Theodore Roosevelt, famous for "trust-busting" and believing that prosperity should be shared by all. After Theodore Roosevelt, ginks like Harding, Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover gave the government to back to big business and Wall Street.

"Brother, can you spare a dime?"

Then Franklin Roosevelt, with the same belief that his cousin had that the working stiff deserves a fair shake (more in line with the basic beliefs of the Democratic Party), was elected and turned the country around with his "New Deal," putting people back to work and regulating Wall Street's excesses. Worked pretty good there for a few decades until Reagan began to systematically render Roosevelt's regulatory agencies impotent by appointing the foxes to guard the chicken coop.

Don Firth