Friday, April 29, 2005

Social Security Sounds

With Bush pushing to incrementally free people from the fraud of Social Security, here are a couple of audio clips:

Courtesy Quinn, here are some sound bites of Democrat representatives' responses to Bush's plan to allow people to choose to invest 1/3 of their Social Security money in their own accounts instead of handing it over to the representatives' client groups. Our Party is a band of craven criminals who have stumbled into control of a state, but the Democrats are so much rawer, street-thuggish, and ideological. Now that they are thankfully out of power they have gone berserk. I hope those Party members who are not jailed will act more, say, mopey and depressed when their gravy train tracks are uprooted.

Listen to it and tell me again about how Democrats and Republicans are all the same. Maybe it's the camp-commandant barking tone of voice.

On a more historical note, here's an episode of NBC's "America's Town Meeting Of The Air", a debate from December 19, 1935 on the wisdom or folly of starting Social Security.

In this broadcast from December 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins is defending and explaining the recently passed Social Security Act, while journalist George E. Sokolsky is attacking the new legislation.
You will want to reach back through time and shake Sokolsky's hand for his foresight, realism, and appreciation of the insidious moral, cultural, and political corruption a public pension system produces among those subjected to it.

At least listen to Sokolsky's opening remarks. Wow. Wow.

Update: Catprint comes at it from another angle, looking back at the much higher standards of only 70 years ago, from a time where people have been taught to use the word "rhetoric" in deprecation.


lance said...

OH man! Talk about juiced! Sokolsky was on fire!

Where are the journalists who could talk like that now? Forget it, they don't exist, don't bother looking.

Rue the day when TV overcame radio for news. When a point couldn't be won by lifting an eyebrow. A point had to be communicated, the audience enveloped by speech, rapt in sound.

Rue the day when eloquence was overshadowed by hair gel, when respectability became equal to anchor time.

Sigh, where are Edward R. Murrow or Matthew Halton now? Rolling over in their graves I should only hope.


lance said...

Yes, there is one!

Rex Murphy. The lone commentator on Canada's "journalistic" scene.