Odds and Ends
18 6, 1:00am
None of this is correct. WIth all due respect, while the democrats in Congress didn't do much to alleviate the onset of the Depression during the Hoover admin, FDR was the Governor of New York at the time. By the time FDR was inaugurated in 1933, there was a genuine fear of the breakdown of American democracy in favor of communism (the USSR was perceived as doing very well in the 1930s) or fascism (the rise of Mussolini/Franco as well as Hitler). And those fears were valid -- ever heard of the "Business Plan" to depose the Roosevelt government and instill a military leadership? A man by the name of Prescott Bush (yes, that Bush family) was at the head of it.
Things had drastically improved by 1936 under FDR because of things like the WPA, NRA (not the same NRA as the gun association of modern times), and the TVA. However, economists of the day and those on the right wing in Congress convinced FDR to ease up on the Keynesian model of economic stimulus, which is precisely what happened in the 1938 recession. Furthermore, the reforms made in the mid-1930s by FDR are part of the reason the profits of the 1950s and 60s got distributed relatively evenly, producing the modern American middle class, which has seen its lot shrink ever since the Reagan admin.
There's one common theme among anyone in the GOP. Whatever can be done to aid capital and diminish labor is what is right if you are a Republican. The GOP's operating strategy since 1968 has been to divide the working class (usually white men vs minorities/women) via social issues. Lyndon Johnson said it best himself: "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
The problem is that ever since around 1968, the Democratic party lost it's identity as the party of the working class. After the 1992 election, labor was thrown more or less completely under the bus by the Clintons.
By a party of the working American I mean the following:
Overturn Citizens United
End this phony "right to work" legislation (what a god-awful name for that...)
Raise the minimum wage
Stand with America's unions, and help them organize the middle class again, including the black and Latino communities.
Replace many of the pre-existing welfare departments with a modern WPA
Focus on repairing infrastructure
Caps on CEO:worker pay ratios
Grants for trade schools (electrician, plumber, mechanic, etc)
Support environmental legislature that helps workers (things like nuclear power instead of coal, oil, and gas)
What this type of party would NOT put at it's core:
Distraction issues (things like this Russia 'scandal')
Getting into foreign entanglements