A 1934 Political Cartoon that Presages Obama

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)1934_PoliticalCartoon

Everything we are seeing today has been done before. A Chicago Tribune political cartoon from 1934 explains it all. The title is “Planned Economy or Planned Destruction.”

It shows Trotsky in the lower left corner, Harold Ickes, who served as Secretary of the Interior under FDR starting in 1933, Rexford Tugwell (the man riding the horse) was a key adviser. Henry Wallace, the guy with the shovel, was Secretary of Agriculture and later vice-president during FDR’s third term. Donald Richberg was the second head of the National Recovery Administration.

Notice the sign on the left side of the cart:

“Young Pinkies from Columbia and Harvard.” Barack of Obama went to Columbia and Harvard. For those of you not in the know, a “pinky” is a budding communist: pink but not quite red.

Also note the “Plan of Action”:

“SPEND! SPEND! SPEND! Under the guise of recovery — bust the government – blame the capitalists for the failure — junk the constitution and declare a dictatorship.”

“It’s Déjà vu all over again.” (Yogi Berra)