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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 07:08 AM
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"Go out and make me do it."
FDR quickly learned that balanced budget wussiness was not going to solve the problems of the 30s. That was because huge numbers of people pushed him from the left.

http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200811/2008...

Belafonte: Well, I'd like to be able to embrace that kind of optimistic enthusiasm, but I would suggest that we view all of this with an important amount of caution. I'm reminded of something that Eleanor Roosevelt once told a group of us at a dinner. It was when she had first introduced A. Philip Randolph, a great labor leader back in the 1930s up to and including the civil rights movement.

And she introduced him to Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the first time at a dinner, and Roosevelt beseeched him to please tell him what he thought of the nation, what he thought of the plight of the Negro people and what did he think - where the nation was headed.

And A. Philip Randolph held forth and spoke eloquently on his thoughts, and at the end of it Roosevelt said to him, "You know, Mr. Randolph, I've heard everything you've said tonight, and I couldn't agree with you more. I agree with everything that you've said, including my capacity to be able to right many of these wrongs and to use my power and the bully pulpit." He said, "But I would ask one thing of you, Mr. Randolph, and that is go out and make me do it."
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 03:14 PM
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1. This is the way to single payer health care n/t
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