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March 27, 2019



What was new is old and new

How times have changed! Current Democratic presidential candidates’ proposed policies labeled “extreme” by Republicans today were actively mainstream when I was young. Examples:

(1) 70 percent income tax on the highest bracket: It was over 90 percent throughout Republican President Eisenhower’s 1953-1961 term in office and at least 70 percent from 1936 through 1980.

(2) Free college education: close to reality at public institutions well before and after I went in 1954.

(3) Medicare for all: just a year after the U.S. passed Medicare for seniors in 1965, Canada passed Medicare for All, and it became very popular there; that made it a topic of discussion...



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