The SECOND Bill of Rights
Think Things Are Too Tough Now?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "In our day certain economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. A second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, or race, or creed. Among these are: The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines throughout 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, 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. All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward in the implementation of these rights to new goals of human happiness and well-being. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world."
My point is... Come ON, Democrats, smush the lobbyists spending billions on trying to regain the old, oligargical status quo. Do your job for the rest of us!
[Read a great article (from which this quote was taken) with Bill Moyers interviewing one of my heroes, James Galbraith of the U of Texas, the man Obama should replace Larry Summers with.]