Posts Tagged ‘Harry Truman’
Posted in corruption, culture, Economics, recession, tagged cold war, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Nato, Ronald Reagan, Seato on Jpm2000000pmWed, 06 Feb 2013 23:26:27 +000013 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Perhaps the biggest myth concerning President Ronald Reagan is that he killed the Soviet Union. No, he did not. That’s just a lie put out by right-wingers. President Harry Truman destroyed the Soviet Union. As president, Truman initiated the Containment Policy, which had been proposed by George Kennan, US diplomat. This policy was for the US to do whatever it took to keep communism from spreading. Kennan felt that doing so would cause the Soviet Union to collapse upon itself within fifty years. It did and right on schedule.
That’s right. A Democratic president set out to kill the USSR and he did it. Here’s how.
In the ashes of World War II, with the establishment of the Containment Policy, President Truman helped to establish the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), pushed the development of the nuclear bomb, stopped the communist advance in South Korea, established the perpetual war economy, ordered the Berlin Airlift, ordered the Marshall Plan which saved Western Europe from a communist takeover, established the Truman policy which saved Greece and Turkey from communist takeovers. The list goes on and on and on.
What did President Reagan do to bring down the Soviet Union? He ordered the continuation of a military buildup that had begun under President Jimmy Carter. Supposedly, according to right-wingers, trying to keep up with the buildup bankrupted the USSR. Doesn’t anybody think Carter should get credit for that? Or perhaps Al Queda should get credit because members of that group believe they broke the USSR by resisting the Soviet occupation of Afganistan. But the truth is that the Soviet Union was teetering thirty years earlier.
Soviet GNP peaked in 1968. The Containment Policy was working. And Truman’s policy polished off the Soviet Union a few decades later.
Posted in Economics, Economics, recession, George W. Bush, income redistribution, labor unions, Politics, the Rigged Game, wealth redistribution, tagged 2012, Dwight David Eisenhower, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George W Bush, Harry Truman, income redistribution, Labor Unions, law, Michigan, Right to work, right to work for less, Ronald Reagan on Jam12000000amThu, 13 Dec 2012 11:14:46 +000012 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
If wages drift down in Michigan because of the new Right-to-Work-for-Less law, the difference between the old higher wages and the new lower wages will be redistributed into the already fat wallets of the super-rich via higher corporate profits, share prices and dividends. Some of that income will be redistributed to Wall Street CEO’s via higher bonuses and greater fees for stocks and bonds traded. Some of the income will be redistributed into the already fat wallets of other corporate CEOs via pay hikes and bonuses. In other words, right to work for less laws redistribute income upward by pushing wages down.
That redistribution of income means higher poverty rates for the 99 percent.
There is also a redistribution of political power going on here. A labor union is a union of labor. A publicly traded limited liability corporation is a collective of rich person’s money. The owners of that money usually don’t have a clue as to what is being produced by their corporation, but whoever controls that money wields much more political power than any one labor union. Essentially, our democracy is being purchased by a series of communist collectives for rich people, otherwise known as corporations.
The Reagan and Bush tax opened the floodgates of rich people’s money into politics, something that could not be matched by the 99 percent. The ability of the 1 percent to form collectives is at the heart of this matter. The floodgates had been carefully built by FDR, Truman and Eisenhower. Now rich people are using their tax breaks and collectives to break what little political power remains with the 99 percent.
Obama inherited a disaster when he became president. He squandered a lot and caved in to Wall Street and Republicans like he was their rag doll. On the other hand, he has accomplished a lot since he became president. Some people think he’s the most effective president since FDR. Those people are forgetting some pretty effective men, like Harry Truman. He set up the apparatus that destroyed the Soviet Union. You know. Things like setting up NATO, SEATO, the containment policy, the Marshal Plan that saved western Europe after World War II, the Truman Policy that saved Greece from a communist takeover after the big war, the Berlin Airlift, and tons more. All of this brought the Soviet Union down, just like he planned. Obama’s had some success, but nothing like Truman.
Republicans like to credit President Reagan with the fall of the Soviet Union, but all he did was continue an arms buildup begun first by Truman, and then reactivated by Carter.
As for what Obama has done, click on the link below.