It is stunning that in just a few decades the Republican Party has devolved from the populist days of the Eisenhower administration, to the reactionary, inhumane Tea Party of today.
In 1956, the Republican Party boasted that under Eisenhower “the Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers.” Today, the Texas Republican Party wants to “repeal the minimum wage.”
In 1956, the Republican Party promised to “extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable.” Today, the lead Republican in the Senate on labor issues wants to abolish the minimum wage.
In 1956, the Republican Party proudly stated that under Eisenhower “Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million.” Today, the Texas Republican Party wants to abolish Social Security.
In 1956, the Republican Party platform pledged that it would work to “assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex.” Last year, every Republican in the Senate voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act to assure equal pay for equal work.
President Eisenhower was right then, and Bernie Sanders is right now. These programs must not be cut, but in fact, need to be expanded so that all Americans can enjoy a dignified, secure lifestyle. http://goo.gl/xWjp2F #BernieSanders2016 #FeelTheBern #mydailybernie