Claim: President Eisenhower once observed that “a few Texas oil millionaires” wanted to “abolish social security.”
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
President Dwight Eisenhower, Republican, uttered these words on
“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
In addition to being a war hero, a decent fellow, a moderate Republican before they began to go extinct, President Eisenhower apparently was also quite the prophet. Little George W. Bush was about
Origins: One favorite tactic in political debate is to put words in the mouth of a respected elder statesman to make it appear he presciently anticipated some modern
issue or political personality (and, naturally, took a stand that supported the viewpoint of whoever put those words in his mouth). Therefore, given the debates that arose in over President
Save for a few minor details, however, the quote from President
Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose
A meme circulated in 2015 elided the reference to “Texas oil millionaires” and presented the quote as something aimed at the modern Tea Party:
Politically, Ike was a classic small-government Republican. He was of the opinion that the federal government had grown too large at the expense of local and state authority since the advent of FDR’s New Deal in the 1930’s, a situation exacerbated by the national emergency produced due to America’s entry into World
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