Disability: Historical Perspective

During his very first term, Franklin Delano Roosevelt set forth to aid this nation through devastating times with the creation of important legislation.  The Great Depression had already taken hold of our economy, and many were left unemployed and without hope.  In his first inaugural address, he implored Congress to pass needed legislation, hastily but not carelessly, and did not hesitate to add that he would act in whatever ways he could if Congress should fail in their task.

Congress accomplished all that was set before them, and legislation was thus in place to help the nation recover.  Between Roosevelt's Hundred Days legislation, his first New Deal, and his Second New Deal, programs and services were set in motion to aid many different parts of society: farmers, bankers, and those of all ages - including those with disabilities.

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Unions and labor law in the 30s and 40s

Matt had a piece a few days ago in which, inspired by the coincidence of EFCA reaching the House floor, he flagged an episode from the fascinating history of US labor organization.

On the thread, I mentioned the 30s and 40s as a particularly interesting period in the history of unions and labor legislation.

Rummaging through my shedload of PDFs, I come up with an excellent way in to the period, The Southern Imposition: Congress and Labor in the New Deal and Fair Deal.

The title shows the angle that the authors take in their paper. But there's solid coverage of legislative histories and some on the effect the legislation had on the unions.

Cliff Notes: in the 30s, most Southern MCs supported pro-labor legislation: there was heavy support for the New Deal (including labor reform) in the South; union density in the South was low; Southern MCs got exemptions from both the Wagner Act and the FLSA for employers in agriculture (the main sector of Negro employment).

In the 40s, they changed their stance, joined the GOP and reversed a good deal of the legislative gains for labor: the war saw big growth in industrialization and a doubling in union numbers in the South; Negroes were moving out of agriculture; unions (in Operation Dixie, for instance) were making particular efforts to unionize the South.

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Remembering the lasting New Deal legacy

I live in a place that can safely be called the middle of nowhere.

By that I mean no cable, fast internet, city water, or newspaper delivery. But if I walk a mile from the head of the holler to the "main" road (main being strictly relative out here), there's a reminder of the kinds of things this country once did and could do again.

There, just below a country church is a stone wall that keeps the hillside from sliding into the road. On that wall is chiseled the following message: "WPA 1938."

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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report http://satiricalpolitical.com

Within the past few days, both Vice President Cheney and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have attacked critics of the Bush Administration's warrantless surveillance program, including a federal judge who ruled last August that the program was unconstitutional.

As Gonzales succinctly said, "we shouldn't let facts like the U.S. Constitution get in the way of our fight to defend freedom."

Gonzales also criticized judges who recognized such facts as the Enlightenment, the Geneva Convention, Congressional statutes, the New Deal, the Great Society and global warming.

Despite the Democrats' midterm election victory, the Attorney General insisted that the Administration would continue to push for federal judges who share the philosophy of a Scalia or Thomas: "We believe that judges should adhere to "original in-tent," that is, the norms of pre-Magna Carta feudal society, when most folks were living in tents."

CONTINUED at: http://satiricalpolitical.com/?p=420

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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report http://satiricalpolitical.com

President Bush yesterday fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a last-ditch attempt to rally his base and stave off a GOP disaster in the midterm elections.

When told that the election had already taken place, and that his party had suffered a bloodbath worthy of "Fight Club of Fallujah," Bush explained that he must've been relying on the official GOP Calendar, which is based on the 19th Century.

However, when informed of the GOP's disastrous loss of both houses of Congress, Bush admitted that he had been somewhat distracted by a contest he had entered into with Karl Rove: "Maybe if I had been more of a delegator, and less of a masturbator, things woulda' turned out differently."

In fact, things went so badly for the Republicans, they even lost the pedophile vote by a two-to-one margin.

CONTTINUED at: http://satiricalpolitical.com/?p=403

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