Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Beautiful Love Letter to the Developer of Social Security--Frances Perkins


Last night Larry O'Donnell presented a segment on a little known liberal in the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the first woman in a presidential cabinet, Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins. Social Security was her idea and under Roosevelt's instruction she was given the task of developing it and also that it could pass Constitutional muster.   

I watch the excellent Larry O'Donnell every evening.  His show, in my opinion, is one of the best on cable television.  I have been treated to endless interesting analysis and riving renditions about the issues of our time by a master of politics.  The segment, though, last evening about Francis Perkins, born on April 10, 1880  was a birthday card love letter from Larry to her and a gift to us.  It was one of Larry O'Donnell's best commentaries.  

You will hear her tell us when she was 82 how she went about developing this safety net Social Security we rely on to this day.  It is why history and elections matter and why we should know about them.  The short segment was fascinating.  I urge you to click on the link here or below to listen to it.

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