Friday, August 04, 2006

Observation about Political Labels

President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Great Society" idea was looked at negatively by voters. But they very much liked the individual programs, increased Social Security benefits, Medicare etc. I believe much the same was true of President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal." Voters didn't like the label, but liked the programs (Works Progress Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps, Security and Exchange Commission.)
I don't think John Kennedy's "New Frontier" ever got much of a chance before he was killed by a Palestinian.
In theory, I think President George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" is just what most Americans want. But Iraq --- basically a small and inexpensive war from an American cost-benefit analysis --- has poisoned the air.

Best,

Ben

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