Make America Great Again: 1950’s

Ah, MAGA.

If you believe that America was last great when you didn’t have to share a counter or a bathroom or a water fountain with your fellow American, I hope you will keep reading, but please be forewarned.  I don’t agree with you and that’s not what I’m talking about.

A persistent and unanswered question for those Trump enthusiasts whose primary excitement isn’t going back to segregation is this: when exactly was America last great?

The 1950’s look good.  We’d won the second world war, you could have a middle class life in a one wage-earner household.  All that disruptive civil rights/anti-war/counter-culture/feminist stuff hadn’t taken place yet.

Guess what the effective tax rate was for the wealthiest top 1% of Americans in 1953…  49%.  As of 2015?  23%  When you get into the super wealthy, you go down to 17%.

Effective corporate tax rate?  50%

The sky didn’t fall.  The economy grew.  Companies re-invested in America.  Wages rose.

So yes.  Let’s #maga.  Let’s take the tax rates from 1950 and apply them across the board and make America great again.

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Make America Great Again: 1950’s

7 thoughts on “Make America Great Again: 1950’s

  1. I imagine that if you poll people, you will find a lot of disagreement about what constitutes “great.” Does “great” mean military strength, industrial strength, wealth, benevolence, productivity? Were we “great” when we committed genocide of the Native Americans and commandeered land and resources for exploitation and export?

    My guess is Trump was referring to self-esteem, which we have deservedly lost. There’s an enormous sense of betrayal going on, because of false promises and ideals that have been perverted into their opposites. “It’s all about the money, you know,” is truer than I’d like to admit.

    The Constitution is an economic document that presumes taxpayers are federal government property. Public policy is guided by Wall Street profits. The Fed is a private, for-profit organization. War “stimulates the economy.” How many times have you heard that?

    If America is ever to be “great,” it will not be handed to us by Trump or anyone else. It will come from within, as Americans wake up to the fact that we can no longer afford to borrow against the future or prey on weaker nations, exploit natural resources, waste and pollute willy-nilly, expect the government to bail us out.

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  2. You know, I really think that a lot of the feeling that our compatriots want to recover could be found by throwing out the TV. Nothing good comes from spending your most precious resource – time – at the screen.

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  3. I got rid of my TV years ago, but good luck selling that idea to others. Seth, of the Jane Roberts’ Seth Series, claims TV is “mass meditation,” in that it has a powerful but subtle effect on our cultural beliefs and paradigms. People forget that TV is paid for by advertisers, usually corporate advertisers, and programming is designed to please them.

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  4. We wouldn’t give our time away to employers who make money off of us, but we will do it for the television. It subverts rational thought and independence, which is exactly what the corporate sponsors want. Imagine their terror if we all shut off the blasted bix and started doing for ourselves again…

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  5. Since retiring, I’ve had more “free” time than I like. In that regard, I miss working, but I still want to do something “meaningful.” I also miss the social contacts of working. Writing is lonely, and my best writing comes from interacting with other people. Other retirees I know do volunteer work.

    These activities seem way more rewarding than television or other electronic media. The advantage of media, though, is that it has a way of creating common ground between diverse groups and individuals.

    That doesn’t absolve corporate advertisers and Wall Street, which have used their power of mass communication to prey on people’s fear and insecurities.

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