Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Public Resource-CBS News: Longines Chronoscope- Former Progressive Presidential Candidate Henry Wallace: From 1952



Source: CBS News- Henry A. Wallace-
Source: Public Resource-CBS News: Longines Chronoscope With Henry A. Wallace

Henry Wallace, ran for President in 1948, when the United States essentially had four major presidential contenders. Democratic President Harry Truman, Republican Governor Tom Dewey, Dixiecrat Governor Strom Thurmond and Progressive Henry Wallace. And apparently President Truman a Democrat, even though he advocated what was called the Fair Deal, which was to build off of the New Deal from the 1930s, wasn't progressive enough for Henry Wallace. So Wallace,  ran for the Progressive Party. Henry Wallace was a classical Progressive/Socialist, or Democratic Socialist, Social Democrat and I mean small d when it comes to Democrat.  Someone who believed in democracy obviously, but a certain type of democracy.

Henry Wallace, believed in democratic socialism or social democracy. Thats common in Europe and wanted to expand on the New Deal and go even further in guaranteeing health insurance and health care. To use as examples, college as well and using the Federal Government heavily, to produce an economy that was as strong and as fair as possible. Investing heavily in public infrastructure, Federal aid to Education, that sort of thing. And combined his economic progressivism with social liberalism. Big believer in civil rights and equal rights for all. Way ahead of the Democratic Party in the 1940s and deserves a lot of credit for that.

I think what really separates Henry Wallace from mainstream Progressive Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Hubert Humphrey, has to do with foreign policy and national security. That would be the negative side, where I don't believe Wallace took the threat of the Soviet Union and communism around the world seriously enough and perhaps even sided with them on some things. His positive aspect and I believe the best part of Wallace's political legacy and what he had in common with Hubert Humphrey and where he separated from Roosevelt and Truman, had to do with civil rights and equal rights. Wallace and Humphrey, supported what became the 1964 Civil Rights Act that was finally passed by Congress and singed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. And Henry Wallace, deserves a lot of credit for that.


CBPP: Richard Kogan: What Was Actually in Bowles-Simpson And How Can We Compare it With Other Plans?

What Was Actually in Bowles-Simpson — And How Can We Compare it With Other Plans? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Bowles-Simpson is the best plan yet to be offered by anyone in Congress or outside of Congress, including President Obama. Because it faces reality and not designed to please one political faction or political interest group but realizes what the problems are and takes them on to fix them. Bloated Defense Budget, entitlements we can't afford as is and a Tax Code thats too expensive not understandable for most people. But it should be a baseline to start a final Deficit Reduction Package, instead of the final agreement.

AlterNet: A Marijuana Revolution in the Making on Election Day

A Marijuana Revolution in the Making on Election Day | Alternet

Yes indeed we'll most likely see Marijuana Legalization coming to several States in 2013, the question will be. How the Federal Government will react, will they out of the way with a States Rights policy, if Mitt Romney is President, no way but if the President is reelected, he might use it as an opportunity to actually show. Some Leadership, especially since he can't run again and give these voters what they want.