Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 - December 19, 1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America . He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1911.
As a candidate for President of the U. S. Norman Thomas said, in a 1944 epoch speech:"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism", they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."
He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."
An Example Of Small Business Stimulus?
As one example of the cost to the very small business that the stimulus bill is supposed to be helping, a new subsidy is requiring business owners to cover 65% of the cost of COBRA for fired workers. Businesses that are struggling for their very survival, trying to cut costs so that the trimming of employees may be kept to a minimum, are now being handed additional costs that will require them to either lay off more workers or possibly go out of business all together. In it's attempt to be all things to the lower and middle class, is the Obama administration really thinking its' plans all the way through? (USAToday)
Populist speech making, such as scaring business off from going to Las Vegas for conventions, is not helping already devastated economy's. Being a popular president and maintaining poll numbers will go only so far. What goes up will come down.