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Some Things Never Change

Dave Markowitz shows us us a cartoon from the 1930s that would be just as fitting today.  It always amazes me how much more detailed cartoons from the period seemed compared to today.  Interesting elements in the cartoon for sure.

One one side you have what appears to be Trotsky, writing out a plan to destroy the United States, and on the other Stalin, noticing how red the sunset is getting.  In the cart you have Henry A. Wallace, who was Roosevelt’s Secretary of Agriculture at the time.  You know, the guy running around telling people they couldn’t grow their own wheat?  Then you had Harold L. Ickes, who was Secretary of the Interior under Roosevelt, who administered many of the New Deal programs.  Donald Richberg was one of the architects of the New Deal, having been a drafter of the National Industrial Recovery Act, and administrator of the National Recovery Administration.  The NRA makes what Obama’s doing with GM and Chrysler look like child’s play.  Driving the wagon, you have Rexford Tugwell, who I can’t help but notice bears a resemblance to Rahm Emmanuel.  Tugwell was part of Roosevelt’s “Brain Trust,” which was a group of smart people who, if we could just get together in one room, were clearly all smart enough to centrally plan the national economy.

It’s amazing how history repeats itself.  But I don’t worry about Obama, really, at least not in terms of being an FDR style game changer.  Note the wagon says “the soundest government in the world.”   Does anyone believe that applies to our pre-Obama government?  No.  This bunch is taking over just as Uncle Sam’s credit card is about to max out, and that’s going to put the kibosh on how far he can really take it.

4 Responses to “Some Things Never Change”

  1. Tam says:

    Is it just me, or is Rahm’s face just made for the back of the ‘phone book, promising to get you every penny you’re due for slipping in the produce department?

  2. Sebastian says:

    Not just you. He gives me the same kind of willies that Mitt Romney does. Something about him just seems really slippery.

  3. Sigboy40 says:

    I call this proof that history truly does repeat itself. We have got past this before, and will get past it again.

  4. Ian Argent says:

    Hopefully this time as farce, rather than as tragedy.

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