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Throughout President Truman's two terms in office, his administration did its best to continue the march of FDR's lavish understanding of government; for example, in 1945 Truman planned to draft a Federally mandated healthcare bill (Read about it here), four years later his administration advocated for a scheme that would introduce 'equitable distribution of the income' for farmers (Click here to read about that) - while 1948 saw the President's Commission on Higher Education recommend that the Federal Government pay for the first two years of everyone's college education (Click here). All the while (or at least until 1948) dismissing the concept of middle-class tax cuts as a favor for "the rich".

President Truman's vision of governance was as disturbing to many Americans in the Forties and Fifties as the 21st Century two-term Democratic President Barak Obama, and, as you will see from the articles on this page, both men inspired the same sort of editorial rantings.

"The true essence of free government is not the rule by majority; it is the protection of the rights of the minority. A majority can become as as tyrannical as a despot. A majority can also be wrong... Law that gives a majority unequal advantages over a minority is just as bad as a law that gives one man, one group or any minority unequal advantages over the majority."

Even as early as 1894 socialism was recognized as wishful thinking.

In 1949, President Truman introduced a wealth distribution plan for farmers...

     


'Distribution of Wealth' (Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)

'Distribution of Wealth' (Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)

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