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Hey Employees! Remember When the Republican Party Liked You?



March 10, 2013 – Comments (15)

As i have said before, I enjoy reading a little history. Not a version or description from todays journalists or politicians describing what something was like. Rather, when it is available, that era's description of themselves and what they really stood for.Todays young adults are being constantly bombarded with Libertarian free market idealism, or, as I like to call it, crap. Additionally they are being bombarded with dire warnings of how far "left" and liberal the Country has moved under Democrats or as I like to call it, crap.   But I do not think the stength of this Country is fooled,  I think this Country remembers what it took to be great. Policys far to the left of either of todays Democrat orRepublican parties. Policys that supported workers rights over corporate, not the reverse that we have now.Today I am called a "liberal" or a "democrat"  for the labor values and policys I support, but, back in the day, I was a Conservative Republican. Best wishes,Steven History - as it was.   Here is the Republican Party Platform concerning labor from 1956. The entire platform can be read here - Labor

Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said: "Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America."

The Eisenhower Administration has brought to our people the highest employment, the highest wages and the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by any nation. Today there are nearly 67 million men and women at work in the United States, 4 million more than in 1952. Wages have increased substantially over the past 3 1/2 years; but, more important, the American wage earner today can buy more than ever before for himself and his family because his pay check has not been eaten away by rising taxes and soaring prices.

The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.

Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.

Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding.

We applaud the effective, unhindered, collective bargaining which brought an early end to the 1956 steel strike, in contrast to the six months' upheaval, Presidential seizure of the steel industry and ultimate Supreme Court intervention under the last Democrat Administration.

The Eisenhower Administration will continue to fight for dynamic and progressive programs which, among other things, will:

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;

Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;

Protect by law, the assets of employee welfare and benefit plans so that workers who are the beneficiaries can be assured of their rightful benefits;

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration. In 1954, 1955 and again in 1956, President Eisenhower recommended constructive amendments to this Act. The Democrats in Congress have consistently blocked these needed changes by parliamentary maneuvers. The Republican Party pledges itself to overhaul and improve the Taft-Hartley Act along the lines of these recommendations.

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM, DrGoldin (99.18) wrote:

Normally I try not to get into political discussions on here, but I do enjoy this comment:

"Libertarian free market idealism, or, as I like to call it, crap"

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#2) On March 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM, CMFbbmaven (100.00) wrote:

Thanks for posting this Devoish.  Those socialists in control in 1956 were un-American bastards, weren't they?

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#3) On March 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM, devoish (66.87) wrote:

You are both welcome.

It was by far my favorite read of the month.

Best wishes,


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#4) On March 12, 2013 at 12:34 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

"Libertarian free market idealism, or, as I like to call it, crap"

It is about as intellectual as devo's arguments get. Hence his (and the Left and Right's) inabiilty to stop our growing movement.

What politicians say and what they do are rarely, if ever, the same thing.  No politician has ever given a rat's a** about labor. It was Democratic presidents in the early 1900s that attacked labor movements with the most fervor (re: Howard Zinn).  

David in Liberty

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#5) On March 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM, ValueInvestor747 (83.98) wrote:

I'm not sure I see your point. It was honorable and made perfect sense to support these initiatives in 1956 when there was rampant race, gender, and age based discrimination. Working conditions in the earlier part of the century were terrible and work related injuries/fatalities were a serious problem.

Not sure if you've stopped paying attention, but things have changed. We now have the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a DOL with over 30 agencies, unions stronger than ever, etc., etc. Unions these days are a tool used by the Democratic party and have been rampant with corruption since the Mob ran them in the 1960s. Times have changed and perception should as well. You seem to be stuck in the 1950s. 

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#6) On March 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM, devoish (66.87) wrote:



Why don't you two battle it out to settle whether it is left and right that are bad or just the left.

After that you two can settle whether no politicians give a rats cheeks about labor, or whether some politicians created a DOL with under 30 (28) agencies in a peaceful response to the desires of voting American taxpayers.

You boys do the politicing for us ok? 

Me, I just shared a little honest history with the intellectual folks. It is not my fault that you don't want us to remember what it really took to build a strong and free middle class.

Best wishes,


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#7) On March 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Me, I just shared a little honest history with the intellectual folks

Oh good.  I thought you were talking to working folks.  The intellectual ones prefer to pontificate on how they can re-arrange society to fit their mad design.  Working folks prefer to arrange their own lives.

David in Liberty

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#8) On March 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM, devoish (66.87) wrote:


As I recall it, the vast majority of your posts were all about pontificating on how you would rearrange society to fit your mad design. 

Keep writing, hope that nobody else notices. 

Best wishes,


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#9) On March 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Hey Steven,

working in a coal mine-devo:

I selected this silly music video because you seem to think that only an adversarial relationship between labor and management can exist.  Similarly, only the rich and the poor exist in your mind, and that must mean the rich are stealing from the poor, so we must punish the rich. 

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#10) On March 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM, wpeale71341 (< 20) wrote:

What you didn't notice there were two hands in your back pocket and not just one? Both parties are equally screwing everyone of us over so it really doesn't matter who you hate or like anymore. I gave up trying to figure out who to like anymore and now I just hate them all.

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#11) On March 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM, ValueInvestor747 (83.98) wrote:

Devoish, settle down. Don't hate me just because I pointed out the obvious flaws of your rant...and I'm still waiting on an "intellectual" rebuttal. You copied and pasted the Eisenhower administartion's labor platform from 60 years ago. Are you saying that what we need in the U.S. today is more union power, less free market capitalism, more government intervention "protecting" the worker and middle class, a higher minimum wage? Please explain. 

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#12) On March 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM, devoish (66.87) wrote:


Yours has almost always been an argument against voting Democrat, or bothering to vote at all.


I think anyone who can type that 'unions are stronger than ever' is not trying, or in some cases is lying on purpose. And yes, for the most part,  what I am saying is the vast majority of Americans, including most of "the rich" were better off when the Gov't supported employees and defended paychecks from libertarians, the tea party, and especially corporate and investor interests.


It is honest to recognise an "adversial relationship" where one does exist. It is never ok to pretend that an adversial relationship can not exist.

Best wishes,


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#13) On March 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM, awallejr (33.36) wrote:

Ah Steven you blew it there with the "crap" comments since it antagonized and hence caused a digression away from the historical content.

I have argued elsewhere that the 1950s probably was the "peak" for the middle class and while under the highest income tax rates in history.

I can't imagine many people think that the current Republican platform reflects anything close to the one you reprinted from 1950s. That dinosaur Grover Norquist has his hands too deep in the Republican party that following his agenda will just cause that party to lose more and more followers over time.

I don't have much faith in the Democrats either.  I see the Country evolving more and more into a country of a few haves controlling the bulk of the Country's wealth while the masses struggle on.

It is becoming popular for these politicians to "sympathize" with the middle class and what have they been doing?  Raising all those little taxes that the masses get stuck paying the bulk of.  Tolls went up again in NYC.  Real property taxes too.  Filing fees for many licenses etc as well.  Cable.  Phone bill. Yup let's give the middle class a break.

The "middle class" is a dying breed in my opinion with neither party giving them any hope.

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#14) On March 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM, devoish (66.87) wrote:


I don't think I blew it with the crap comments.

In fact, I think it is crap  (naive/innocent crap I hope) to suggest it is becoming popular for politicians  to sympathise with the middle class. They have been "sympathising" all of my life because that is where the votes were. 

I also think that claims of Obama being the "most liberal"  President in history get a lot of air play and after people read the 1956 Republican platform they can more easily identify the  "crapsters" for for themselves when they hear how liberal the country is now, or how unions are "more powerful than ever".

I think the historical content is self evident and easily stands on its own and it is more important to bluntly say that free market crap is what is stealing opportunity and wealth from you.

If you want to discuss the historical content, feel free to reprint the subject matter and start the discussion!

Best wishes, 


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#15) On March 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM, awallejr (33.36) wrote:

Well the comment caused a digression, whether or not it might be accurate.  As for Obama I think people misread him.  He is from Chicago.  He will wheel and deal.  You had a good point.  Stick with it and avoid the ad hominens, that is my advice, accept it or not.



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