Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wisdom from an Unexpected Place

[in reaction to the rightward drift of the GOP and worrisome ideological shifts in both parties, a proposed realignment and division along sharp liberal-conservative ideologies]: 

 “I think it [party realignment] would be a great tragedy.  I think one of the attributes of our political system has been that we have avoided generally violent swings in Administrations from one extreme to the other.  And the reason we have avoided that is that in both parties there has been room for a broad spectrum of opinion… when your Administrations come to power, they represent the whole people, rather than just one segment of the people.”  --Richard Nixon (1959), addressing the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco 

More Presidential Wisdom

Historically, taxing the rich has been supported by both parties across the ideological spectrum. Even Thomas Jefferson, whom many Tea Party members worship, supported higher taxes on the wealthy. In an 1811 letter to Thaddeus Kościuszko, he defended the tariff because it would force the rich to pay more:

“The rich alone use imported articles, and on these alone the whole taxes of the General Government are levied. The poor man, who uses nothing but what is made in his own farm or family, or within his own country, pays not a farthing of tax to the General Government.”  --Thomas Jefferson

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Double Whammy

For Black History Month and for this month which hosts President's Day, here's artwork showing the time President Theodore Roosevelt hosted Booker T. Washington, a black social leader, to dinner at the White House.  At the time, it was considered quite shocking.

He also entertained George Washington Carver, a Black botanist & inventor (including of peanut butter) who had been born into slavery in 1861.  He was certainly a principled president, ahead of his time!

A Billion Surprises

Here's some of the billionaires (and it's not just Warren Buffet!!!) saying that income inequality is a big problem:

Fortune Magazine