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The Presidency is not merely an administrative office.  That’s the least of it.  It is more than an engineering job, efficient or inefficient.  It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership.  All our great Presidents were leaders of thought at times when certain historic ideas in the life of the nation had to be clarified.
    —    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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No greater tragedy exists in modern civilization than the aged, worn-out worker who after a life of ceaseless effort and useful productivity must look forward for his declining years to a poorhouse.  A modern social consciousness demands a more humane and efficient arrangement.
     —    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.  That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
    —    Franklin D. Roosevelt,
April 29, 1938 message to Congress
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We can never insure 100 percent of the population against 100 percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.
    —    President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(When he signed the 1935 Social Security Act)
[Now the middle class is once again faced with the conservative / libertarian position that “some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age” is too much protection and America needs to push back when the time is right to receive this protection (extend the age for eligibility), reduce the amount of protection provided by the government (decrease the amounts of payment), and allow individuals to “invest” their funds in the stock market (gamble with your future funds).    —    KMAB]
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Hangin’ High

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
   —    President Franklin D. Roosevelt
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