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Some liberals I have known


Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By R. L. Sauer

rsauer@fillmorecountyjournal.com

You are expecting a list such as Hubert Humphrey, John Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt (as a sub teen I remember him as a vague figure in the papers and especially remember the outpouring of grief at his death), and the like. I'm not thinking about knowing them well enough to have them over for dinner.

I'm thinking about people who might be insulted to have liberal attached to their name. Like Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and even Ronald Reagan. The first two would be upset in today's political climate and the rigid and punitive attitude towards any evidence of ideological deviation. I remember Eisenhower was reported to be unsure if he should enter politics as a Democrat or a Republican. Neither would consider him a conservative today.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate to have universal healthcare through government participation in his platform (the Bull Moose Party). He was not considered a friend to business with his proclivity to break up monopolies.

Dwight Eisenhower initiated the federal interstate highway system, creating a large increase in federal employment. He increased the numbers of people eligible for Social Security exponentially and raised the payroll tax to pay for it. He created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and made it a cabinet level department. He reduced the standing army and relied more on atomic weapons as a deterrent. He continued all of Roosevelt's New Deal Programs. He would be thrown out of the Republican Party or at least been picketed by the "T" partiers.

Richard Nixon would grade out worse. All of his budgets were deficit budgets after the first one. He indexed Social Security for inflation. He detached the dollar from the gold standard (Glenn Beck are you listening.) He established the Environmental Protection Agency and signed the National Environmental Policy Act and all the other basic acts that started what is a still nascent environmental revolution in this country. He introduced a healthcare insurance plan that even included both a public option for insurance and an individual mandate. The "T" partiers would be outside the White House shouting "Armageddon" and waving posters with swastikas and his picture with a little mid upper lip moustache.

Saint Ronnie is the most surprising. As governor he raised taxes in California. He raised taxes in four years of .....
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Legislation is just the start

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
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You might imagine, now that President Obama has signed the massive financial reform package into law, that the issue is behind us. Hardly. In a way, the president's signature was just the starter's pistol.

This is because, despite its length ..... 
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One Moment Please - It's not about religion

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
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Recent news of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be located two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City has stimulated quite a reaction in the realm of ..... 
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One moment, please... Bigger than ourselves

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
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I would like to personally thank all of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce committee members involved in putting together the first-ever CMA Mudracing Event and Big Bo ..... 
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We were strangers, too

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
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It's all exhausting, isn't it? We have news 24/7 on TV, subscribe to papers and periodicals and listen to endless conversation about each headline. For all of that, we really know so little about any of it. We seem to be offered enough to agree with ..... 
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One moment, please... What is health care?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

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Last week, I defined some of the dynamics of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as health care reform.

Personally, before I ca ..... 
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Fueling freedom

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
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The BP oil spill disaster - a catastrophe that has led to untold damage to the economy, wildlife and the environment along the Gulf Coast - opened our eyes to what can happen when there is a lack of serious regulation. This, however, is not the only ..... 
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One moment, please... Health care reform?

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
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I've been meaning to offer some thoughts on the passage of the health care reform bill, but the steady distraction of an earwig invasion has taken my attention elsewhere ..... 
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Tim Walz deserves praise, not attacks, for his leadership on DISCLOSE Act

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
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Last January, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned decades of law, giving corporations the power to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence U.S. elections. After the Court's ruling in the "Citizens United" case, there are no restrictions on forei ..... 
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