A quote to remember


“A few timid people who fear progress will try to give you new and strange names for what we are doing. Sometimes they will call it ‘Fascism,’ sometimes ‘Communism,’ sometimes ‘Regimentation,’ sometimes ‘Socialism.’ But in so doing, they are trying to make very complex and theoretical something that is really very simple and very practical.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, discussing Social Security on June 28, 1934.



  1. Other quotes to remember
    The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend-Margaret Thatcher.


    One of the consequences of such notions as “entitlements” is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.” – Thomas Sowell

    OR from one of FDR’s contemporaries-
    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”–Winston Churchill

  2. One other quote :

    “How can we expect the government to run all of our health care when it can’t even run a car sale?”-expdoc 8/20/2009


  3. expdoc,
    It sounds like you missed the point. All the dire predictions now being made by right-wingers about the current proposals for health-insurance reform were said more than 60 years ago about Social Security. Americans have just lived through 60 years of none of those dire predictions coming true. What is your response that that? You give us more dire predictions exactly like the ones that history proved untrue about Social Security.

  4. Idon’t think I did. I hope you aren’t planning on social security to fund your retirement. It only lasted as long as it has because of the fortuitous happenstance of the post world war II baby boom.
    Jus see what happens when we add in another massive enitlement like government run healthcare and try to pay back our sky rocketing debt.


  5. Neftali

    Bah. There is a huge difference between Social Security, which is simply a government mandated trust fund in which (theoretically) you can get most of your money paid back to you after retirement, and the legislative nightmare called the public option.

    The public option will lead to a single-payer system. There is no question or denying this. Its inevitable. And a single-payer system puts the government in complete control of everyone’s health care, and thus, their very lives and beings. Or as Pat loves to say, “it saps your precious bodily fluids.” (figuratively of course)

    In short, Roosevelt’s quote has absolutely no bearing or relevance in the crises at hand. Nice try, Pat, but this analogy is a FAIL.

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