Monday, July 8, 2013

A New Deal Quote vs. A Not-So-New-Deal Quote

Two competing political ideologies; one in the spirit of the New Deal and one not:

FDR: "We are going to make a country in which no one is left out."

Mitt Romney: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what...who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ...These are people who pay no income tax. ...and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Which quote is more positive? Which offers a better vision for America?

(FDR quote in "The Roosevelt I Knew," by Frances Perkins. New York: Viking Press, 1946. Romney quote widely reported--and videotaped. See, e.g., "Mitt Romney 47 Percent Comment Chosen As Yale Book Of Quotations' Quote Of The Year." FDR image is in the public domain, courtesy of the Library of Congress and Wikipedia. Mitt Romney image courtesy of Gage Skidmore and Wikipedia, Creative Commons-Share Alike 3.0 license).

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