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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:45 PM

Just got through watching Burn's "Dust Bowl" on P.B.S. I was wondering today......



How many descendants of these farmers who were literally saved from starvation
and illness by Federal Assistance Programs mentioned over and over again during the
presentation, today hate the fed. govt. and their assistance programs.
The documentary even pointed out how some of the farmer's at the time who were saved,hated
the concept of being assisted. How fucking insane is that!

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:50 PM

1. At the time, those who got assistance felt shame for taking it.

My parents talked of this how people didn't want the help because they felt that they were failures. These were the parents of the greatest generation.

Remember that Social Security had not even been initiated yet.

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:56 PM

2. Self imposed shame for needing

is universal among hard working people..a concept many who are lazy do not understand.

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:24 PM

3. That was gripping production.

Ken Burns can really tell a story.

I wonder how many people I know lived through that.

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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:25 PM

4. Oklahoma: Every County Red for Romney!

Go figure.

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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:55 PM

5. My grandparents and their sisters and brothers were starving sharecroppers in Oklahoma..

During the Depression. My grandma was eternally grateful to FDR and the Democrats for saving them from starvation with programs like the WPA. Nowadays, out of all the remaining kids and grandkids, I think only myself and my mother and my brothers and sisters are still Democrats. It only took 50 years or so for the rest of them to forget how close our family came to perishing without the social programs of the 30s. I guess they don't realize that history repeats itself.

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:04 PM

6. It's the same for my Texas side of the family too.

All the ones with country roots are rabidly racist and righting.

And yet I remember my grandmother saying how they thought Roosevelt was God. They were poor farmers and the New Deal literally kept them from starving to death. My dad worked for the CCC out of high school for a while. Later he got a college degree on the GI bill, as did my uncle. But they are so righteous and conservative about the work ethic, and so racist. It's hard to bear.

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:11 PM

7. I think the smart ones are the ones who left the "bowl".

That might explain why that area votes the way it does.

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:32 PM

8. Nobody says there is logic in this nation.

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Response to busterbrown (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:55 PM

9. I thought the same damn thing!

That's the way republicans are, they point their finger at others for doing the same damn thing they're doing. Fucking no good hypocrites!

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