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Watching us tonight the USA and Mickey Mouse that is subject of this evening's talking points memo the death of seven year old -- -- -- yesterday.
A red flag to the baby boom generation.
And it gained fame at age thirteen.
One in the leading members of the iconic.
Mickey Mouse club.
And then how can you believe I'm saying I'm being -- the game well.
Yeah I think the way.
About fifty years after the Mickey Mouse club debuted it is still etched deeply in the memories of many Americans.
The question tonight though is this.
Were we back in the 1950s and early sixties a better country a better people than we are today.
So question that for minority Americans things were generally awful back then you don't believe me read my book killing Kennedy where I document that in vivid detail.
So on the civil rights issue America's much improved today.
The economic -- the unemployment rate averaged four point 5% in the 1950s very low.
Even though the high school dropout rate was back then was 27%.
-- -- Today only 7% of Americans -- not complete high school poverty rate in 5922%.
Gap -- income 171650.
When adjusted for -- inflation 2012 per capita income 43700.
Dollars -- you -- that Americans have more income today.
But the big ticket items like homes.
Take a lot more money.
On social issues in 1959 only 5%.
Of American babies were born out of wedlock 5% and abortion very rare.
Today about 41%.
That's shocking turn of events.
1950s drug use was rare.
Although the alcoholism rate is about the same as it is today.
-- other existing category innocents.
In the fifties and sixties premarital sex and explicit behavior even in the media.
-- -- kind of quiet.
As a net -- -- demonstrated social interaction.
Was kind of innocent.
And never got wet yeah.
-- dumb no question.
But the fifties work wholesome.
Especially by today's and -- those stamps.
American baby boomers tend to glorify their -- we all know that.
Even the turbulent late sixties and early seventies.
But there was a different attitude in America after World War II.
Because we had won a hellacious war white America was coming unify the standards of behavior were very similar.
That unification made it easier for society to function.
-- was respect for teachers for cops for clerks.
Now that's gotten.
The -- today being.
-- -- -- now for the top story tonight reaction with us a rock and a hard place -- Monica Crowley and Alan Holmes who was himself announced a two year.
That is presented nor am I had today I'm -- -- that doesn't matter.
You know you say that's hard that come up with the exact metrics and you're gonna have some about how do you.
Deal with the general theory you have the things -- just better back then I -- -- say they know better did I say anywhere in my talking points memo they were better.
I am not suggesting the things not suggesting I don't suggests I say.
Let's take it one by 15%.
Out of birth.
It's -- -- out of wedlock births compared to 41 all right that is it.
I don't know that 5% was an accurate number because I don't think people told the -- back then about that -- people we're not we're going while I'm going by the US government I had been hit so let us assume it was -- it was literally do when I'm trying to save people we're not talking about that kind of stuff.
People would not say it cost anyway just just DS so case just BS let's stop the BS right now.
That's the government number let's deal with 5% 41%.
What's a better thing.
Well for obviously 5% is better but you're not listening to my point that people I'm not I'm not weapon under the -- why any BS I thought we don't know who sweeping you don't know anything this is -- a more open about those kind of things now people who would not tell you about you either born.
In a merit situation where you're not.
What do you -- So we've been talking about time frames here I would point to the mid to late 1960s when you had two major things happen.
Number one economically when Lyndon Johnson with the great society so you have the development of the -- -- welfare state.
And the massive government spending that goes along with didn't have to app that is the culture of dependency but we didn't have to wait wait wait a conservative if -- -- gold -- are -- doing the other guy.
Barry got his butt kicked big time and in the 64 election if you if you suddenly say.
To millions of -- of African Americans and other minorities all right we're gonna we're gonna let you have full citizenship.
Decades of deprivation you don't think the government.
As a responsibility.
To develop social programs that help the physical part of how it was we -- we look at Johnny wasn't -- it is I think here they did to call.
And I think the federal government had a responsibility.
To people would downtrodden for decades to send.
Somebody to help shore of course but as with every government project it's never limited to what it stated intent is also of course I'm not -- and that it was -- -- as an erosion of the out.
-- just great society today that's number one like I said in massive expense expansion of the dependency state which leads to all of the statistics you laid out including unwed mothers.
Because many incentive was too great on the traditional family you get unwed mothers -- worst rates skyrocketing.
You've got fatherless families all because it was bent being encouraged starting in the sixties with a great and so I don't see it as a top down I think the erosion team.
We just from personal mores and tennis.
That leads me to the other arsenal -- cultural revolution that -- fed into all of this the breakdown of.
-- are you -- their homes and tell me.
That we -- more self reliant nation in the fifties and early sixties and we are now that you could assisted on the what self reliant yeah so however they will people came back -- World -- II having defeated two revelations enemies are right.
And they were reliant on themselves and -- -- you know why I'm gonna make my way I don't need LBJ.
Or Barack Obama.
I don't know how -- are more people are able to do it on -- now because it will not -- positive I can finish.
Because of the horrible recession -- just came out and it worth every -- were.
Is the worst economic -- cents.
The depression and you were talking but the -- right after World War II there was an economic boom.
The war created a -- and I -- -- late fifties and it came as a much better candidate got elected because the economy was wobbling and he cut taxes to stimulate it.
React to this that.
The population increase in 59 to now my 59%.
-- workers on disability America's workers on disability has increased 640%.
Sort of more injuries today -- -- -- more injuries sitting -- 94 F fifty I don't know why that number would exist don't know why you say when.
Well but come on this goes back to original point here when you how this massive expansion of government that once -- in 1960 the grace is -- Reagan did his best to try to bring netted.
Barack Obama turns -- puts it on steroids.
Didn't sit sit -- and it is to go away from the self sufficient society based on individual freedom.
21 and that is I think -- -- planning and 630.
-- Barack Obama yeah Pacific.
Welfare that welfare program in this country yeah it was geared toward building incentives so that women would have -- more children out of wedlock because they would get more money -- Children just to get money from the government I don't I don't think -- just I mean -- she doesn't I don't Obama's change let.
Let me let me be cleared his -- -- some suggesting his -- that I'm not saying that -- fifties and sixties were better than today.
But I am saying we're -- different country and the reason -- different countries that people are no longer self reliant or respectful.
Or respect due respect it and why would they brought in if they don't earn it they feel they're entitled to it anyway pigments and -- the very different -- most Americans just want stuff.
I think that are dead and many Americans not most but many if they don't -- They think they -- get it anyway you know what calms you frank CNN had heard every bar they've.
That's it that's right but I lafrankie in an effort that America there's -- -- anymore they've never order what you wanna -- --
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