AMERICAblog – Obama gets FDR’s history wrong … again
Once more Obama distorts the FDR-era history of Social Security. The first time was here, during the famous Progressive Bloggers interview, when he passed as fact a blatant and false Republican smear about FDR and Hoover.
And he’s at it again. In his recent press conference, Obama said this during his anti-progressive rant:
This is why FDR, when he started Social Security, it only affected widows and orphans. You did not qualify. And yet now it is something that really helps a lot of people. When Medicare was started, it was a small program. It grew.
Which is just flat false, not in any history of the era I studied. Krugman calls him out:
This is all wrong: both programs were huge from the start. From the beginning, Social Security applied to all private-sector workers, except those in agriculture, domestic service, or casual employment — and yes, those exceptions happened to exclude the majority of African-Americans. Still, it was by no means a small program that grew big. Medicare covered everyone 65 and older right from the beginning, although initially it only provided hospital insurance.
It is, as Rosenberg says, odd that Obama doesn’t know this history.
I included the last sentence to contrast the Professor’s characteristic politeness with my own opposite thought. No, it’s not odd at all; he passes on Republican talking points because … (your turn).