Is history about to repeat itself?

Posted on September 29th, 2010 in News and Commentary

“When FDR ran for reelection in 1936, his Republican opponent, Alf Landon, called Social Security ‘a cruel hoax’ and a ‘fraud on the working man.’  The Republican National Committee convinced employers across the country to put fliers into pay envelopes warning their workers that, starting January 1, 19397, ‘New Deal law’ would take 1 percent of their paycheck.  ‘You’re sentenced to a weekly pay reduction for all of your working life,’ read one inflammatory flier.  ‘You’ll have to serve the sentence unless you help reverse it Nov. 3, Election day.’

“Roosevelt carried every state except Maine and Vermont, and Landon later confessed that attacking Social Security was the worst mistake of his campaign.”   —“The Defining Moment” by Jonathan Alter.

Will attacks on Obama Health and defense of  tax cuts on earnings over $250,000bring about a similar result come November 7th?

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