Saturday, January 24, 2009

A New Economic Bill of Rights? Roosevelt-Truman- Obama. No. 563

Will Obama turn to Roosevelt's 4th State of the Union Speech for inspiration? Will Obama consider Truman's proposed Economic Bill of Rights certain rights which ought to be assured to every American citizen?

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

State of the Union Message to Congress
January 11, 1944

IN the works:
Obama's "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan ."

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