Agreeing with Republicans for the wrong reasons
  • Republicans: let's make America like it was in the 50's
  • Me: I agree, let's go back to massive wealth distributions from the rich to the middle class, the highest tax bracket at that time was 91%.
  • Republicans: We don't like that.
  • Me: Oh! You must mean the huge infrastructure projects like the US Highway Act.
  • Republicans: No... we don't like that either
  • Me: aah, you must mean the strong unions that included over 50% of the US workforce.
  • Republicans: What do we look like? communists?!
  • Me: then what do you like about the 50's?
  • Republicans: Segregation & slapping waitresses' asses
  • Me: oh
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Eisenhower made this speech as one of the final acts of his presidency. If only we had listened. Below is a transcript of what he said earlier on in the speech shown above.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?

(The clip is from an Adam Curtis documentary on BBC)