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A Radical in the White House

Monday, April 18, 2005

A Radical in the White House is a great piece about FDR. Interesting thoughts from his last State of the Union that are not in W's vision at all.

Roosevelt referred to his proposals in that speech as "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 rights, he said, 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."

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