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Dear Joe Courtney: Champion FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights

Dear Congressman Courtney –

I see this morning in the press you went to a job fair in Norwich yesterday that more than 1,000 people showed up to. You commented that “People want to work.

May I suggest that you delve into the annals of Democratic Party history and unearth the prized treasure of the New Deal, which, unfortunately, never became law in this country?

This priceless treasure to which I refer is Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Economic Bill of Rights. These words come from Roosevelt’s inaugural address of January 11, 1944:

“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

“In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

“Among these are:

“The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

“The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

“The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

“The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

“The right of every family to a decent home;

“The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

“The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

“The right to a good education.

“All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.”

Champion them, and the future is yours.

Regards,
Kenneth J. Krayeske, Esq.

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