On Friday, November 4, 1949, a newspaper in Manhattan, New York, The Daily Times, published the following article. Over sixty-two years have passed since it was published. But other than a few intricacies of grammar and punctuation, it doesn't look to me like much has changed in all that time. I don't know whether to be fascinated or frustrated by that realization. Read it yourself and see if you don't agree.
ODE TO THE WELFARE STATE
Mr. Truman's St. Paul, Minn., pie-for-everybody speech last night reminded us that,at the tail-end of the recent session of Congress, Representative Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio) jammed into the congressional record the following poem, describing its author only as "a prominent Democrat of the State of Georgia."
Father, must I go to work?
No, my lucky son.
We're living now on Easy Street
On dough from Washington.
We've left it up to Uncle Sam
So don't get exercised.
Nobody has to give a damn-
We've all been subsidized.
But if Sam treats us all so well
And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, daddy, tell me what the hell
He's going to use for money.
Don't worry, bub, there's not a hitch
In this here noble plan-
He simply soaks the filthy rich
And helps the common man.
But, father, won't there come a time
When they run out of cash
And we have left them not a dime
When things will go all to smash?
My faith in you is shrinking, son,
You nosy little brat;
You do too much damn thinking, son,
To be a Democrat.
Hat tip to my friend at Wildriver Blog for
sending this newspaper article to me in email.