Thursday, October 7, 2010
Dwight Eisenhower, New Deal Socialist
How far to the right has the political center really shifted over the past 30 years?
That (former) hero of American conservatives, President Eisenhower either initiated or supported the following policies:
--The Interstate Highway System
--The creation of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
--A 90% tax rate for income above $250,000
--Meaningful limits and reductions in military spending.
I can't imagine Barack Obama even privately suggesting comparable policies. I don't think even Kucinich would propose these. All of those things would be unthinkable today. Fifty years ago, they all had bipartisan support and a majority of public opinion behind them. Fifty years ago, those policies helped create the huge middle class prosperity of the 1950s and 1960s, whose like we may never see again.
I never thought I'd miss old Ike.
Posted by Counterlight at Thursday, October 07, 2010