Roosevelt said if the private sector could or would not hire 11 million of America’s workers while corporations sat on millions of dollars, then he would and make the wealthy in this country pay for it by implementing higher taxes on corporations and the 1%.
It’s the same as today.
Roosevelt made it clear how they, the corporations and rich, would ultimately benefit from workers having money to buy products the companies made.
He also pointed out that the workers might otherwise take over. Same as the OWS are thinking about doing today.
Also the unions were demanding that something be done about unemployment and the suffering of the working people. Same as today. In 1956, President Eisenhower said, “Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of joining a union of their choice.” Isn’t it ironic that he was a Republican?
There was enough fear of the 99% taking over at the time that the rich and corporations agreed to pay a far more in taxes then they pay now. Roosevelt’s programs bought the economy back.
When you advocate taxing the corporations and the 1% to give jobs to the unemployed you’re not talking socialism or communism. You are talking about recreating a time in our country when a president with the help of unions, working families backed the president.
Today the 99% should not get side tracked by smaller problems of injustice as so many social change movements before it has done. The 99% want to change the entire system, and regardless of what some of the 1% think the 99% do have some plans. One is the OWS has welcomed the labor movement, which has long been far too hesitant to enter into an alliance with social movements. Now labor is ready, for it is the only game in town.
What the 99% must understand is to win this class war is to first understand that we have been lied to when we were told that we belonged to a classless society. This isn’t true. Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest Americans, says there’s class warfare all right, but it’s my class -- the rich class -- that’s making war and we’re winning.
What is unthinkable (taxing the rich) today was doable then, but why not now? I think that it is doable today with the 99% and unions, and I think the smart people are starting to realize it little by little. As an example of this, unions are making a comeback and organizing is on the upswing. We, the 99%, and the unions must put more pressure on the rich, which will give the government the guts to make the changes we want.