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OT> Our Generation!!!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bocephas, Dec 31, 2008.

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  1. Bocephas

    Bocephas Well-Known Member

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    The Senior citizens of today.A lesson we should all remember.

    (OUR GENERATION)

    We didn't realize it at the time,but now we all know ours was the greatest generation of all time.Never before or since has a generation had to endure the suffering and unrelenting hardships of a decade of poverty on a national basis such as the parents and children of the GREAT DEPRESSION era,the 1930's

    We need to remember how it began and escalated and how our leaders dealt with the changes as they took place.

    It had it's beginning in other countries and they weren't dealing well with it either.Signs began showing up in the large cities when unemployment began to rise.At first our administration refused to talk about it,saying it was a natural passing thing.It happens every now and then,they said,and will go away like it always does.Their thinking was that the government had no business to intervene and disrupt the lives of the American people.After all,they were rugged,strong,selfsufficient people and they'd take care of themselves.If push came to shove,there always was the Red Cross and the churches to help them out.
    But the Red Cross and the churches had no money coming in.People would help each other it was assumed.Hoover was adamant in his thinking the government had no responsibility.

    In the late 20's there were rumblings of the money market beginning to be unstable.No one thought for a momment that it wouldn't settle down.By the fall of 1929 it became a worry and in October on a Friday the banks closed all across the nation,one after the other.You couldn't reach any bank by phone and there was no answer to knocks on the doors.The signs emphatically said CLOSED.No explanations given.There was on one to talk to about it.Many people went to their grave wondering where the money went.Many bank presidents were shot.

    Big business was blamed for hard times (McElvaine)Chase National Bank financier put millions into his wife's name and didn't even pay taxes on it.As banks closed,bankers and board members were suspected and in some cases tried for fraud and mishandling funds.

    We can say our parents won that war on poverty by learning how to live with it.

    In most cases at a very tender age,with or without an education,children left home to fend for themselves.A test of paramount proportions soon found this generation of childern when,in the dead of the night,Pearl Harbor was hit in a surprize attack by Japan.World War II was upon us,and the kids of the Great Depression,some barely old enough,went to fight that bloody,horrendous war far from our shores.They won that war for us.All too many were left behind,but those who returned,many of whom had severe war wounds both physical and emotional,soon found they had their work cut out for them at home for a very long time.

    The next fifty years proved the strength and ability of that well brought-up generation when we went from the Model T Ford car to outer space in record time.

    Our Generation, Our SENIORS

    Today

    THIS WAS THE GREAT DEPRESSION

    Bocephas
     
  2. Dahaub

    Dahaub Active Member

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    You are spot on with your observances there Bocephus. Lets hope the depression the country has fallen into will not take a world war to get us out of. Dan
     
  3. Dove Commander

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    The first "sign" was when congress pushed banks to make loans available to people who could not pay it back. Bogus "political correctness" and vote pandering. Similiar to what happened in the last election. A politician must promise benefit to the majority of the masses to get elected. We are not in a depression yet, but you can not tax your way out of a recession. The only way out is to cut Federal programs and lower the tax base, but that would be unpopular to at least 40% of the voting sector, and an additional 30% which works for the state and federal gov't. Our upcoming administration will do what is popular. Spread the wealth....whats left of it.
     
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