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  •  Bringing back the 1950s... (2+ / 0-)
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    bawree, BeninSC

    wouldn't be such a bad thing, except for the elderly and those of African descent among us.  Back then, corporations and rich individuals paid a fair share of total tax revenues, CEOs were paid roughly ten times the average worker's salary, not hundreds of times, and ordinary people had enough disposable income to generate lots of consumer demand, so the economy roared.

    What the GOP want to do is not that.  What it wants to do is bring back the 1890s, before there were labor unions, progressive taxation, national parks, consumer-protection laws, social security and women's suffrage.  Of course, back then there was no Medicare, and people of color couldn't effectively vote either.

    You're right about the intent, just not the era.

    •  Bringing back the 50's would be (1+ / 0-)
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      a disaster for women and African Americans. Or don't you remember the Jim Crow laws, public lynchings, cross burnings, segregated schools, lunch counters, restrooms, and drinking fountains?
      For women there were back-alley abortions, unreliable birth control,  lack of child care and well paying jobs for those courageous women who wanted a career, and limited access to law schools, medical schools, engineering schools, science scholarships, and college scholarships for women and minorities.
      So you want to return to the 50's, huh? You have to be male to want a return to that crap! I remember it, because I am a woman, and I lived through all of it. How soon we forget, if we weren't directly affected. I fought for Civil Rights, Women's Rights and I am still fighting for those things due to dudes like you with little bitty memories and even smaller brain pans.

    •  I agree with what you said. (3+ / 0-)
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      SherrieLudwig, bawree, BeninSC

      The last good GOP president was Eisenhower. It Would be bad to go back to segregation. We must not let that happen and we need to end discrimination against Latinos. They are going to be the Majority in a few years.
        Actually I really agree with the GOTP does want to go back to the era of Robber barons, no unions, etc. and are very close to succeeding in that. No more voting for republicans ever!

    •  That's what the John Birch Society conservatives (0+ / 0-)

      wanted to do in the '50's. Go back "before Bolshevism."
      A lot of the "libertarian think tank" goppers think that way.
      However, a lot of the rank and file everyday anti-abortion social conservative types picture the 50's through rose-colored glasses and want to return culturally to that happy time.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 04:09:58 PM PST

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    •  The 1950s were bad for women, too. (0+ / 0-)

      The 1950s certainly weren't halcyon days.  Not if you were female.  I wouldn't wish them on any young woman today.

      And the economy was actually pretty stale.  Inflation was a  problem.  There was a recession early on after the Korean armistice.  Then there was pretty good surge for a couple of years followed by, in 1957, a really nasty drop.  We actually had the largest deficit in peacetime ever.

      So I don't know where you get the idea that the economy "roared".  Perhaps you were talking about growth in housing. And and financial industries of the sort that have caused so many problems.

      So, IMHO, having lived through them, bringing back the 1950s would be a bad thing.  

      But, having said that, I certainly agree with your comment about the GOP wanting to bring back the 1890s...even though most of them would absolutely hate it.  And that would be even worse.

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