Skip to comments.50-year-old CARTOON TRIED TO WARN US
Posted on 02/05/2012 10:10:00 AM PST by Sprite518
I thought it was worth spreading around.
(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com ...
Here is the link,
Go to 8:27 of the video for the signature phrases and think about what the democrats are doing today, in spades.
That’s good stuff. It reminds me of two quotes:
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedomgo from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
A Republic, if you can keep it.
Thought you might like to see this one...
There was another one about capitalism in a positive light. I think it was a Warner cartoon. It featured a factory that made boots as I recall. I can’t find it and can’t find anyone else who remembers it.
I’ve seen this before, and it is even more relevant today than the day it was penned.
I love that cartoon, but it’s pretty sad to watch the first part about American values - the malt shop, grandpa on the front porch, churck - and to think how much has changed, and not for the better.
It’s our job to make sure that while change is inevitable, our fundamental beliefs remain firm.
“Yankee Dood it” One of three cartoons commissioned by the Sloan Foundation. All about capitalism. Stuff some of use who still believe in capitalism, work and achievement. Once believed that the United States was a land of opportunity.
The welfare baby daddies of today have their own brand of capitalism and so do their offspring. They have all watched Sponge Bob Square Pants, MTV and other mindless drivel for their lessons in civics and industry.
A reasonable essay on the three cartoons commissioned by the Sloan Foundation.
This is one excerpt:
“The Sloan trilogy promised that if we worked hard, saved our money, invested wisely we would be blessed with robust employment, technical innovations leading to increased manufacturing, higher quality of goods at lower prices and higher wages for all which would naturally lead to the betterment of the Community at large and the strength of the Country overall.”
I believe the author of this essay offers what I tried to express on my little front porch to an industrialist benefactor of the little church I was working with back in Oklahoma. That is: He was making seat belts for at least Toyota and Dodge. He was making them in Mexico I believe and gave the reason that labor was cheaper there. To which I suggested that if we did not have jobs here that eventually nobody here would be able to buy his seat belts and that the labor he had in Mexico would probably never be able to buy his seat belts (in cars) at the wages they were paid unless his cost went down to sell to them at prices their wages could support.
While I do not subscribe to “fairness” of wealth redistribution I do believe that enough money made from profits by offshoring jobs and drastically cutting cost by paying wages to people who are better off but will not be consumers of the products has gone too far.
I also remember the parable of the talents. Both slaves who invested their talents were rewarded because both did the best they could with what they had. One of my take aways from that when I was a child was that we all have opportunity but we don’t all have the same ability. Either way, if we do the best we can with what we have we will be fine.
Now, a lot of those focused only on the religious implications of this will interpret the lesson in a different way, that is not lost on me.
The cartoon is 50 years old and yet the Welfare State expanded further and further between then and now. Now we have an unsustainable system where the public has voted itself all kinds of benefits without wanting to pay for them, or thinking that “the rich” will be able to pay for everything. We did not heed the warning.
Maybe you watched the cartoon. How many elements of the current tax code do you know of that have facilitated / led to the destruction of many of the principles of this cartoon?
1. Double taxation of dividends
2. Offshoring of corporate entities to avoid taxation of offshore profit
3. Caps on executive pay leading to the rise of stock in lieu of pay... encourages keeping money in the company instead of dividends but see (1)
Profit was not all about exports, it was about raising the standard of living here and encouraging the rest of the world to do the same. Someone forgot that the commerce department was to prevent dumping of cheap goods here that would allow the ROW to make cheap goods with near slave labor, no environmental restrictions, little safety etc. Doing so was one way to spread freedom and the ways of the United States as it used to be. Capitalism and profit got in the way of those things.
You are right, there was no consideration given for morality or patriotism. Most industrialists, investors and bankers don’t care where it is made so long as they get richer. GREED my friend is at the root of the destruction of the United States.
Had seen that one B4. Thanks, TEXOKIE.
Make Mine Freedom Remastered [HD] (1948) http://youtu.be/bYa2rhVVSP4
Wisdom From My Grandfather
(Not to be confused with Dreams From My Father by Bill Ayers)
File this either under What is past is prologue or Everything old is new again.
This letter came to my attention many years after my grandfather went to his final reward. I am saddened that he never knew that some of us down-liners inherited his outrage gene. I am further saddened that he and I never had a chance to discuss these matters.
In the approximately once per generation economic excesses and insanity almost always triggered by the existence of un-backed fiat paper money a minority of citizens living through the madness grasp whats going on. But only a small handful speak out about it.
I have been speaking out about it since my late friend Tupper Saussy introduced me to Roger Sherman. (Check him out.)
I am proud that my grandfather was also one of those who spoke out.
Unfortunately, few have either the desire or capability to grasp the nexus of the problem let alone try to affect the necessary changes.
Yet we persist, as the alternative is too grim to contemplate.
And if you dont think YOU will not be impacted or like a certain unnamed Atlanta talk jock think you can outrun whats coming, that flapping sound you may hear are some very BIG buzzards coming home to roost — at YOUR house!
May 13, 1938
Mr. Uncle Sam
c/o Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
My Dear Uncle:
I am in receipt of a letter dated May 5th, from Mr. Morgenthau, which letter he signed as your Secretary of the Treasury. According to the dictionary, a Treasury is, among other things, a place in which stores of wealth are deposited, and as there does not seem to be any wealth in your Treasury, it would seem that he should have signed the letter as your Treasurer of the Deficit, as, according to the dictionary, a Treasurer is, among other things, an officer who receives the public money and disperses it and, as he has dispersed a great deal more money than he has received, he is in charge of a Deficit, instead of being in charge of the Treasury.
In his letter, he attempts to persuade me that I should lend you some money by buying Savings Bonds and he states that more than 1,260,000 people own more than $1,600,000,000 maturity value of these bonds, in addition to which, I understand that you owe about $36,000,000,000 on various other kinds of bonds and notes, and that you have a contingent liability of additional billions. In his letter, he states that the savings bonds mature in ten years from the date of issue, and that they may be redeemed for a stated amount at any time after sixty days from the date of issue. This all sounds very impressive, but when these bonds mature, or in case an effort is made to have them redeemed previous to maturity, I am wondering what you will exchange for them. Will it be food, clothing and housing, or will it be 59 cent dollars of some other much greater reduced value, which dollars, as was the case with the German Mark, under similar conditions, may be of value mainly as waste paper?
When considering an application for a loan, the reputation of the prospective borrower is generally considered to be of first importance, and to be real frank about it, your actions during the past five years have not been such as to inspire confidence in you, as in addition to spending in countless foolish ways, a great deal more than your income, you have not been absolutely honorable, truthful and reliable. After borrowing large sums of money upon the promise to repay it in gold, you decided not to do so. In addition, you took from your nieces and nephews all of the gold which we had and buried it in the hills of Kentucky. I am wondering if you think that by planting it, you can cause it to grow in value, or if, like whiskey, you think the quality of it will improve with age. You are also forcing your nieces and nephews to turn over to you large sums of money, which you have promised to save for us and to return to us when old age overtakes us. Instead of saving this money for us as promised, however, you have been spending it as fast as it is received, in what appears to be nothing more or less than a drunken joy-ride.
Even though one of your age and experience should realize that it does no good to prime a broken pump, especially after having tried it for several years without success, you continue to prime the business pump, and to kick and cuss it and work on it with a sledgehammer.
I addition to other things, the frequent use of a hypodermic has done you no good, and probably explains why you penalize and abuse your nieces and nephews who are thrifty and industrious, and reward those who are incompetent and lazy; why you killed five or six million little pigs, even though our political friends are always hungry for pork; and why you destroyed crops of cotton, wheat, corn, etc. to the advantage of producers in other nations.
Like any incompetent spendthrift who violates all the tried and tested laws of economics, there must be a day of reckoning for you at some time in the future, at which time you will find it impossible to pay your debts, or else you will be obliged to pay them in depreciated currency. In either event, it does not appear to be safe or wise to lend you any more money to be used by you in making whoopee and playing Santa Claus. In order to save you from yourself and to prevent the dissipation of what few assets you may have left, a guardian should be appointed for you but this will take time and probably cannot be accomplished previous to 1940.
Your distressed nephew,
Karl W. Bachert
So what is your solution? Fascism or Communism?
Yep! Absolutely correct...Greed by the unions and the 40% of the government-school-educated serfs who stand around waiting for another handout of money & goods that were stolen. Stolen, by a post-Constitutional government, from those remaining Americans who do work and produce and represent what the Nation's citizenry used to be.
Those unions and the anti-capitalist drones are the "greedy" scum that need to be delt with. It is not corporations or bankers who are responsible for this unstoppable slide into Marxism...Whether it turns out to be Fascism or Communism or Socialism in the end, the end is the same for freedom & liberty.
Anti-American, anti-capitalist drones with propaganda opinions like yours are the reason we are in this fix...
Something we can’t legislate and doesn’t come in the form of government... Honor, good sense, morality and a few other things.
There is enough greed to have gone around. hedge fund managers, union bosses, politicans... all.
Thanks for the post. Even though limited bank with prevents me from watching the toon, this thread contains very interesting discussions.
Thanks for posting the following link:
“New Balance also manufactures shoes for the American market at the Li Kai Factory No. 5 where workers are paid, according to a report published in 2006, .32 cents an hour after deductions are taken from their wages to cover the cost of food and dorm rooms for working ten-hour sifts during the week and a mandatory eight-hours of overtime on Saturdays. As far as higher quality goods at lower prices, a pair of New Balance shoes manufactured in China enjoys an 842% mark-up with a shoes whose total Chinese production costs come to $14.61 a pair retailing in the United States for $135.00”
How much should they be paid? And how much were these same people paid prior to the arrival of the shoe manufacturer?
If you don't believe in the freedom of a shoe manufacturer to move his factory to where it most benefits him, what do you believe in?
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