FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights…

 

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Excerpt from January 11, 1944 message to Congress on the State of the Union

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.“Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.
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Why hasn’t he entered the Democratic primaries? I’m sure he’d be elected president

It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.1

America needs to ask itself why has increased government involvement in EVERY aspect of our lives NOT solved a single social or economic problem?

Price inflation from government regulation, namely Medicaid, HMO’s and insurance monopolies, have fueled the artificially high price of health care we see today, eliminating any benefit of those programs for the poor. Charity hospitals meanwhile have all been forced to close down, and doctors no longer have the freedom to charge what they want. They MUST charge what insurance companies tell them to. How does this help the poor exactly? The bureaucratic nightmare is causing doctors to leave the profession at alarming rates. http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-s-ailing-medical-system-a-doctors-perspective-1409325361

Social Security is Insolvent, admittedly spent on other things, and young people see 30-50% of their incomes taken from every paycheck with no hope of ever collecting it in our retirement. Young people today are poorer than our parent’s generation, and the average recipient of Social Security is wealthier than the average working person today paying into the system.

War on Terror and there is more terror than ever, especially at the loss of our privacy and civil liberties.

War on Drugs and there are more drugs and addicts. Let’s not even get into police corruption, violent crime and rise of the cartels (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: http://www.leap.cc/)

War on Child Abuse and MIT study shows children in the Child Protective System are 4 times more likely to die and 6-8 times more likely to be sexually or physically abused than with their dysfunctional biological families. http://www.mit.edu/~jjdoyle/fostercare_aer.pdf

Since the War on Poverty we have a shrinking middle class, inflation that makes the poor poorer every day, small business crushed by regulatory agencies, while Too Big To Fail Banks responsible for the economic crisis bailed out by taxpayers, and a 18 trillion dollar deficit that will destroy the US $ due to a complicit political class and Monetary Policy that puts special interests over the interests of the American People.

I like that Bernie Sanders is outspoken against the Trans Pacific Partnership but I am suspect of his past with Marxism: a political ideology based on violence which has been responsible for more mass murder and human suffering than any other political ideology in the last century: https://reason.com/blog/2013/03/13/communism-killed-94m-in-20th-century

The problem with this Second Bill of Economic Rights is that it requires the use of Force. Everyone has the right to give to charity and help others in need. But you don’t have the right to create a political class to use force (violence) against people who are not harming anyone. The moral hazard, corruption, waste, fraud and abuse from THIS violent system defeats any potential benefit to the poor.

Free individuals are capable of great charity, compassion, kindness and progress through the voluntary exchange of goods and services. No, there will never be a perfect world. But freedom, and the peace, love and prosperity it protects, is our best chance at creating a society with more opportunities for the most vulnerable.

We don’t need a political class with badges and guns forcing us to be kind to each other (this is basically what Socialism/Marxism is). Either because power corrupts, or because the Corrupt seek those Positions of Power, the exact opposite is what actually occurs.