Saturday, January 24, 2009

Economic Bill of Rights -Will Roosevelt's Goals Be Realized?

From Salon:
The goal remains the one mapped out by Franklin Roosevelt in 1944.

Economic Bill of Rights from the State of the Union Message to Congress
January 11, 1944

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

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