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In assassination´s aftermath,
a real political master emerged

Sydney Morning Herald [AUS], by Paul Sheehan

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/24/2012 12:37:11 AM

If this is the time when people sit back and relax and, hopefully, even read, spare a thought for the greatest biography ever written, a commanding work of research, insight and narrative power which sheds light on why, on both sides of the Pacific and both sides of the Atlantic, politics is currently at such a low ebb and debt is at such a high tide. The Passage of Power, by Robert Caro, the fourth volume of a 3000-page masterpiece collectively called The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was released this year and such is its command of the workings of politics that it illuminates why America is on the

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This is quite a remarkable read about an author, Robert Caro, who has been writing about Lyndon Johnson, now in his fourth volume and still going, for over 38 years. It talks about why we are at a "fiscal cliff,´´ and the sheer economic forces of the day that brought Johnson to power. Caro points out that every Kennedy bill at his assassination was stalled in Congress.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/24/2012 12:51:16 AM     (No. 9081398)

Always thought that LBJ looks so calm and unwavering when he had his hand on the bible being sworn in as POTUS, the day JFK died. How´d he do that? Did he practice that? Seemed everybody else was in shock.

Remember the day Reagan was shot, it was total chaos. Al Haig getting up and saying he was in charge. The guy totally lost it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 12/24/2012 12:59:28 AM     (No. 9081402)

Seems Caro has conflicting goals...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pickle1, 12/24/2012 1:03:10 AM     (No. 9081405)

Johnson had Sam Rayburn who was the master of all politics as his mentor.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 12/24/2012 1:32:47 AM     (No. 9081410)

The stalemate between Republican refusal to raise taxes and Democrat refusal to cut spending is not bi-laterally insane. We are quick to find moral equivalence simply because this is the spirit of our age, but it is not the spirit of truth.

The truth is...our spending is unsustainable, and it doesn´t matter how much taxation is thrown onto the other side of the equation. Why? Because the producers will simply quit. They do not work altruistically; they work for profit. If you remove the profit, they will quit what they are doing. Ask Gerard Depardieu how that works.

We are coming to a change whether we like it or not. We only have to ask ourselves if we wish to steer our ship through the killing rapids, or do we wish to drift? At the moment we are drifting....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/24/2012 1:42:33 AM     (No. 9081417)

Kennedy got the ball rolling towards national bankruptcy allowing federal workers to unionize,which then spread quickly through the states. Then along comes LBJ and his great society crap,war on poverty.To this day ,the left believes you can get people out of poverty with free stuff.The left doesn´t care what it costs to buy a single vote.

Now we have Obama who´s doubling down on LBJ´s stupidity.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/24/2012 2:49:33 AM     (No. 9081434)

LBJ was one of the most corrupt, evil men ever. Not only did his Great Society and War on Poverty lead us further down the entitlement road, but it destroyed the black nuclear family and the community as a whole while creating a whole underclass of people in perpetual poverty and self-destruction. LBJ also continued the Vietnam War so his companies coukd make tons of money off government contracts. It didn´t matter that thousands of our young men were dying...he was making too much money to stop. Then the cronyism and all the rest that has permeated all levels of our government and the special interests as well as certain large corporate conglomerates who were and are still in bed with them. LBJ was just as destructive and corrupt (if not more) as FDR.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jj1319, 12/24/2012 4:43:20 AM     (No. 9081456)

LBJ´s misdeeds are well known. I am mystified as to why he is lionized, to this day, by most Texans. Billy Sol Estes was one of his best friends.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Judith, 12/24/2012 7:49:07 AM     (No. 9081555)

Several years ago some recordings of telephone discussions between Johnson and the kennedy boys were released. It was interesting hearing jfk oppose doing anything for the black Americans in this country. And hearing Johnson argue that something HAD to be done for civil rights. Revealed the kennedy boys (jfk AND rfk)animosity to the black minority in this country. Something their survivors and our scurrilous press have managed to surpress.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: skywarrior, 12/24/2012 8:10:03 AM     (No. 9081597)

+1 #6. Evil indeed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 12/24/2012 9:03:01 AM     (No. 9081687)

Johnson was so crooked that when he died, he had to be screwed into the ground.

And there are still lingering questions about the Kennedy assasination. For years, the FBI director, Hoover, maintained he was not in Dallas the day Kennedy was shot. A few years ago we learn that he was in Dallas that day. Why did Hoover lie?

As for the War on Poverty, we could have given every person below the poverty level one million dollars that year and have come out a lot cheaper that what we have spent since.

Welfare was designed by Johnson (and the democrats) to purchase the votes of a large segment of the voting community and has succeeded beyond anyone´s greatest expectations. Until only taxpayers can vote, look for more "buying of votes" rather than solutions to the problem.

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