Comments: Expanded Memory Hole Now Accepting Cabinet Secretaries

Perhaps someone should send a copy of this book to Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

Posted by Ron Datesman at March 27, 2011 11:13 AM

May I suggest a few different perspectives? Imagine that:

1. All those things you mention were actually free will offerings from the industrialists to the laboring class, motivated purely by the goodness of their hearts.

2. We can't afford them any more.

3. In the long run, they are bad for people, by rewarding lazyness and lack of foresight.

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at March 27, 2011 12:01 PM

I wonder if women are STILL counted as 3/5 ths of a man, in today's Census?

Posted by Mike Meyer at March 27, 2011 03:06 PM

Perhaps someone should send a copy of this book to Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

Maybe when they're done with it they could give it to Obama.

Posted by Happy Jack at March 27, 2011 04:42 PM

Thanks for the history Aaron. I'll have to borrow that book. Mother Jones and Jane Adams and some others did an awful lot of groundwork over the prior decades for those achievements, but I look forward to find out more about Perkins, who to my knowledge hasn't received as much attention/credit as Harry Hopkins. Then again, almost no one knows mucha bout Harry Hopkins or even FDR now either. Such a pity that is.

Posted by N E at March 27, 2011 05:27 PM

Laziness.

Posted by Amandasaurus at March 27, 2011 07:20 PM

Remember that PSA during the last election, sponsored by the Labor Unions, that showed obits of industrial accident victims while a deep voice (I think it was James Earl Jones) intoned: "A lot of Americans are dying for a job"?

Yeah, I don't remember it either.

Posted by coriolis at March 27, 2011 11:17 PM