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May 5, 2010

Cartoon History Lesson From 1934 - Everything Old Is New Again

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Got this in an email from a friend and thought I'd share it for those that missed it the first time around the sphere (Click image to enlarge).


The cartoon was originally in the Chicago Tribune in 1934, and after making the rounds in the blogosphere in May 2009 the Trib reprinted it on June 10, 2009 with the caption "This is a 1934 Chicago Tribune political cartoon that many say rings true in today's political and economic climate. What do you think?"

An explanation of the characters was uncovered by The Federal Observer (from whom part of the title of this post is borrowed). Here's an excerpt from the Observer's explanation of the image:

The man in the mortarboard flogging the Democratic donkey is Rex Tugwell, the leader of FDR's "Brain Trust," a character out of academica. The Brain Trust was supposed to come up with new ideas to help America. The two mortarboard-wearing kids in the wagon represent recent Ivy League college graduates hired to staff the New Deal. The cartoonist from the conservative Chicago Tribune, Mr. Orr, is calling them socialist "pinkos" (term that wasn't then in use, "pinkies" is what Orr called them).

[...] The most prominently featured man shoveling money off the wagon is Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, who was known for his socialist leanings. Most us are aware that FDR confiscated gold in 1934, but most people are not aware that the gold confiscation was a clause in the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1934. It is also important to remember that 90% of the American population lived on farms during the Depression.

The man behind Wallace is Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior and director of the Public Works Administration. As head of the PWA, Ickes had a lot of say on what and where public works projects were built. The biggest of course was the Tennessee Valley Authority. Ickes was well-known for backing many other socialist endeavors. Ickes was also the father of Harold M. Ickes, a key player in the Clinton administration. (More)

Look carefully at the plan of action in the lower left corner. It's as though Barack Obama and the Congressional Democrats are following it line by line.

H/t - Walt W.

Posted by Richard at May 5, 2010 7:46 AM

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