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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Right Perspective got it all wrong

  • I read Mr Dameron's blog extract last week which prompted two thoughts.
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  • To the editor:
    I read Mr Dameron's blog extract last week which prompted two thoughts. It must be comforting to live in an alternative universe and Mack Davis had it right in his classic country song "Oh Lord it is hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way."
    So 1920s America was the economic nirvana of all times? Lets look at the history of the Coolidge administration.
    The farm economy crashed in 1920 and stayed depressed the whole decade. The "prosperity" of the 20s never trickled down from the cities. Rural America stayed in the 19th century when it came to such things as good roads and electricity. It took the Horrors of Socialism AKA the New Deal before the RECs spread power lines outside of towns. The great plowup of the short grass prairies continued unabated in the 1920s, leading to the Dust Bowl once the rains stopped. It took another socialist horror, the SCS to solve the problem.
    The stock market was not regulated. The late 20s prosperity was based on a financial bubble (sound familiar?). It finally burst in the crash of '29 triggering the Great Depression. If your bank failed, for whatever reason, you lost your deposits. No FDIC.
    President Coolidge did not believe that the federal government had any role in responding to natural disasters although the government had provided relief during previous disasters. The American Red Cross and the states dealt with the 1927 great Mississipppi floods. Bear that in mind if the drought continues or when the next big hurricane hits the coasts.
    Mr. Dameron compares the Paradise Lost of the Coolidge presidency to other countries mythical or otherwise. Of course the United States is superior, everybody in their right mind wants to live in 1920s America etc.
    I partially agree, I doubt many people would choose to live in North Korea. Life in Iran is especially tough for those who are not Shia Muslims. I might point out that, however odious the Islamic Republic is, far more Iranians have a say in their country's politics than when Iran was run by the Shah's family and the "100 families" that owned most of the farmland. I was there in those days.
    I suppose what bothers me most about this blog is its tone of smug self assurance. Since when did arrogance and prideful ignorance become American virtues?
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