105 Responses to “‘The most important liberal you’ve never heard of: Frances Perkins’”

  1. 1 desertflower
    April 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm


  2. 7 desertflower
    April 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    OH Hell yeah:) Back in the saddle again!! TY, Chips…required viewing

  3. April 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    greetings everyone, Late night Chips!!!!

    • April 12, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Our nights are always young OMF, it’s a time-free-zone! Great to see ya!

      • 10 ourmanflint
        April 12, 2013 at 12:08 am

        You too Chips. Been lurking mostly when I can….. oh nooos!! My work expectations increased dramatically over last few months.

        • April 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

          OMF, I have noted your absence, work is **no** excuse, get yer ass back here on a semi-regular basis or I’ll hunt you down and sing at ya. You hear?

        • 12 vcprezofan2
          April 12, 2013 at 12:28 am

          Glad to see you, OMF! Since you are working more (with the resultant increased ‘benefits’), when should I expect a dinner invitation to a ‘posh’ restaurant, possibly coupled with a night on the town? If you don’t wait too long I may be able to get double duty from the bridesmaid dress Chips is purchasing for me.

  4. 14 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks Chips for posting this!

    Van Jones was in for a rude awakening on Twitter. This is not 2010. The emoprogery crap is tired. We are TIRED. He only recanted because of the massive pushback and humiliation on Twitter – otherwise he would have carried on with his dishonest column bashing PBO as if nothing had happened.

    • April 12, 2013 at 12:43 am

      “This is not 2010. The emoprogery crap is tired. We are TIRED. He only recanted because of the massive pushback and humiliation on Twitter …”

      Yep. Yep. Yep. Yep.

      Rock on hf!!

      Yes We Can

    • 16 nathkatun7
      April 12, 2013 at 2:21 am

      Yes indeed, Hopefruit! The emoprogs, as you call them, don’t realize that there informed people who see through their BS! Van Jones has been such a huge disappointment!

  5. 17 desertflower
    April 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Night all…I was up at 2am last night and I can’t afford THAT again! Loooooooooooooooong day at work after that stunt. See you in the morning.

  6. April 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

    This is a wonderful piece of information that needs to go viral.

  7. 20 amk for obama
    April 12, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Amazing video. Amazing woman with a wonderful sense of humor.

    Thanks chips.

    • April 12, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Loved it too Amk, I was clueless about this woman, so endless thanks to LiberalPhenom and VC – part two is almost uploaded, will add it to the post soon. Thanks again Amk for today, hate admitting it, but you can be half-good.

      • 22 amk for obama
        April 12, 2013 at 12:23 am


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      • 32 vcprezofan2
        April 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

        I can’t take credit – Arapaho was the person who initially brought Part 1 to my attention earlier tonight, and I was greatly appreciative.

        I have yet to understand why majority of Dems do not automatically give PBO the benefit of the doubt in any, and every, situation. It makes no sense to me that he would have fought so hard for the middle class and shown his heart for people repeatedly, and then turn around and ‘stab them in the back’ or whatever other asinine terminology emoprogs choose to use. 😆 😆

        • 33 jacquelineoboomer
          April 12, 2013 at 12:58 am

          VC – On your “I have yet to understand” part ~ me, too. I don’t get it. This has happened since the beginning of his ACA push, and it’s abysmal, each time.

          Give it a rest, so-called supporters of President Obama, the man who’s been 10 steps ahead of EVERYONE since the ’08 election campaign. Trust him!

          Anyway, that ranted, have a wonderful night’s sleep, all!

          • 34 vcprezofan2
            April 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

            It is because it has been so repetitive that I find I have no patience with it, JO’B. Sweet dreams to you too! I’ll be stepping away soon, myself since I’ve spent virtually the entire day from about 8:45am hanging around. Toodle-di-di.

        • 35 nathkatun7
          April 12, 2013 at 2:36 am

          VC, great thanks to Arapaho and you for sharing this with Chips so that she may share it with all of us. As for the Democrats, most them have no sense of history and are easily fooled by the so called progressive loudmouths, many of whom exploit their media megaphones to incite fear, just because they hate President Obama. I think they hate President Obama because he does not bow to them when making decisions about governing. It should now be plainly obvious that every time the holier than thou progressives freak out and start attacking President Obama, they are usually doing so on the basis of group think and false information and not on meticulous analysis of his policies.

  8. 36 Carolyn from Detroit
    April 12, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I hope the dems in Congress watched Lawrence O’s segment tonight about SS. They’re big on courage when it comes to bashing the President and not a word from them while the repubs continue trying to bring this country down.

  9. April 12, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Part 2 added to the post:

    • 38 nathkatun7
      April 12, 2013 at 2:38 am

      Thank you so much Chips! LO was absolutely brilliant! This is the way real journalism should be conducted.

    • 39 utaustinliberal
      April 12, 2013 at 6:42 am

      I love when Lawrence gets historical to shine a light on the crap that is being spread by others who deign to call themselves journalists. His ‘Rewrite’ on taxes and healthcare were also fantastic.

  10. April 12, 2013 at 12:39 am


    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      April 12, 2013 at 12:54 am

      I actually was familiar with Frances Perkins, because I’ve done a lot of reading about the Roosevelts and there she was!

      Bobfr – Not sure how I missed it, but did I notice you and others took down Van Jones on Twitter today? Bravo!

      • April 12, 2013 at 1:07 am

        Yes, Jacqueline, I tried to contribute to several of our colleagues who endeavored to inform Mr Van Jones of his utter lack of knowledge and rudimentary skills at ‘the google’ and ‘the wikipedia’ 🙂

      • 44 nathkatun7
        April 12, 2013 at 2:48 am

        I was too, JOB, especially her work in championing what eventually became AFDC. I also know that her SS proposals were more far reaching than what eventually emerged as the Social Security Act of 1935. FDR had to compromise with the Dixiecrats to get the Bill passed. I am glad that LO pointed out FDR was no rabid, holier than thou, leftists despite today’s holier than thou leftist mythology about him. FDR was a practical politician who compromised all the time in order to make some progress.

  11. 45 0388jojothecat
    April 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I was wondering if anyone was going to post this. It was the most amazing Rewrite ever. I hope the hand wringers also watched this too. SS has been evolving for decades from inception. You think from the Bernie-Sander-hand-ringers that SS began and stayed the same for centuries. I know that PBO will not harm the elderly poor. It was also fascinating to learn that the new sector of our population that is in poverty is children. This should be eradicated. A country like ours should not have object poverty of poor children.

  12. 46 prettyfoot58
    April 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Simply Awsomeeeeee…tweeting and FBing this

  13. 47 anniebella
    April 12, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I think the Democrats are more upset that they might not be able to use SS against the Republicans in 2014.

  14. April 12, 2013 at 1:21 am

    It’s likely that Senator Warren ‘gets it’; Bernie, well, he’s a libertarian junk yard toy dog, so who knows ….

    Yes We Can

  15. 52 vcprezofan2
    April 12, 2013 at 1:38 am

    ———- 😕 ——– /looking over the sill to see who is still around/

  16. 55 isonprize
    April 12, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Francis Perkins… What an interesting story!

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      April 12, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Hi, Ison, you’re up late tonight. 😀 Reading your comment, the old saying ‘Behind every successful man is a woman’ floated into my mind. If we were to search history carefully we’d probably find lots of cases where this is true.

  17. 57 amk for obama
    April 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

    • 58 amk for obama
      April 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

      It is likely the President’s budget will never reach fruition, but it does signal to voters, and Democrats, that his campaign promises and agenda from his State of the Union are still front and center as a means of creating jobs, rebuilding the middle class, and rejuvenating the austerity-crippled economy. The President readily admitted it is not his ideal budget, but it contained, as Mitch McConnell said, “another left-wing wish list” that sadly, hardly any Democrats noticed because they were so laser focused on those ten letters, C-h-a-i-n-e-d C-P-I, to recognize that, like the Center for American Progress’s budget, it contained everything Progressives have dreamt of for the past thirty years.


      • 59 nathkatun7
        April 12, 2013 at 3:15 am

        AMK, It’s absolutely amazing to see all this hair on fire, freak-out, from Democrats. President Obama has been nothing but consistent! He is focused on advancing a Democratic agenda, but he has to deal with the reality that Democrats do not control Congress. This requires that he try to creatively find a way of compromising with Republicans while protecting programs Democrats care about. In the House of Rep., Democrats are a minority; and in the Senate they don’t have a super majority to beat back McConnell’s constant filibusters. On top of that, the President is aware that there are Democrats representing Red States like Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota and West Virginia, who are not going to support an extreme liberal agenda.

        It’s vey sad that he has to put up with Democrats like Bernie Sanders from liberal Vermont, one of the smallest states in the Union, who are being given a platform by the media to attack him as if tiny Vermont truly represented the entire United States.

        • 60 amk for obama
          April 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

          It’s republican shilling corporate emmessem that gives loony left and professional left a platform for their expressing their moronic rants and raves. They failed as a total unit in 2012. Let’s hope they’ll fail again in 2014.

  18. 61 Jessica
    April 12, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I got into Oregon State University!! I’m a Beaver for life like Michelle Obama’s brother lol.

  19. 65 nathkatun7
    April 12, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Thank you, thank you, Chipsticks for posting LO’s re-write highlighting the amazing woman, Frances Perkins! This is the most informed discussion on Social Security I’ve ever seen on American television! The video clip must be shared widely with as many people as possible. One thing I wish Lawrence had mentioned was how FDR agreed to water down SS to exclude Agricultural and Domestic workers in order to win the support of Dixiecrats –today we call them “Blue Dogs” Democrats. If FDR had stood on principle and refused to remove Agricultural and Domestic workers from being covered by SS, Congress, which had a sizable group of Dixiecrats, would not have enacted the Social Security Act of 1935. Imagine trying to pass a Social Security Act, today, in a Republican dominated House of Representatives and the filibuster intoxicated GOP minority in the Senate; not to mention the holier than thou progressives who would not accept any compromises.

    • 66 vcprezofan2
      April 12, 2013 at 2:19 am

      Hello there, Nath! I can pretend that I stayed up late to say a rare face-to-face ‘hi’ before I traipse off to bed. Have a good night catching up on today’s goodies. Ta-ta.

      • 67 nathkatun7
        April 12, 2013 at 3:26 am

        Hello VC, If you are still up I hope you have a goodnight sleep and sweet dreams. I thank you for sharing LO’s re-write! It was absolutely historical in terms of its in-depth historical analysis of SS! I am basically a night awl despite the fact that I have to go to work tomorrow morning. I think it’s also time for me to say goodnight (or is it morning) to all.

        • 68 Anjo
          April 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

          Is it possible to send the SS history lesson re: Frances Perkins to every member of Congress? I am sure half of them have never heard of her and the work she has done, if they had they wouldn’t be so blind to SS realities, after all they can’t be so political can they? They all need to go to reality re-education camps…imagine having come to this where our congress critters act like no care no nothings..educate them TODers

          • 69 vcprezofan2
            April 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

            Morning, Anjo! Sure it’s possible, especially if each person sent it to their own Reps. I personally think there would be more likelihood of it being watch then, and on this occasion I would definitely send them to Democrats as well as Repubs. Just copy the url for each, paste them in an email or tweet and sent it along.

            URL for Part 1

            URL for Part 2

  20. April 12, 2013 at 7:10 am


    Always good to have ammunition.

  21. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    April 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I went to the ballgame last night and PBO was not there to see his beloved White Sox 😦 but I did get to see Kathleen Sebilus (again). She is a very nice lady. I’m just catching up but I did respond to Van Jones self-righteous article at CNN. I see our twitter brigade gave him a schooling last night. Van is gonna learn the lesson ….Don’t start a fight that you can’t finish or win….

    • 73 Ladyhawke
      April 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Well, this op-ed should do the trick for Van ‘Please Pay Attention To Me’ Jones. I expect to see him springing up like a rabbit all over cable now. His op-ed is the surest way to get bookings. Chained CPI is the new public option.

      • 74 donna dem 4 obama
        April 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

        He apparently is now a pundit for CNN (Yuck)

        He claims he is going to have them make a “note to the error”. It amazes me that these people just want to have their faces on cable and feel absolutely no need to do any research whatsoever.

        I tip my hat to Lawrence for doing the work that MOST journalist should do everyday!

    • 75 LDS
      April 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Good morning, TOD!
      I love you guys here. Thank you for keeping us well informed and reliving history. I applaude your efforts, hard work and sincere dedication and trusting our President. I know that they must know what goes on here. It is too much love and respect to be ignored.
      I despise idiots like Van Jones, Cornell West, Tavis Smiley simply because they hate for no reason and do not research the facts. If they were so concerned, they would speak out and join forces with FLOTUS and help save all of our children from gun violence. I am sick and tired of them! Our President is fighting hard because of these so-called Liberals, Progressive, emprogs BS!
      They are a bunch of cowards who to me are disgruntle Repubs hiding behind another sheet…..the color hate!
      Keep pushing them back with the TRUTH.

  22. 76 dotster3
    April 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I thought people missed this point last night—–making LOD’s commentary more than it was…

    • 77 LDS
      April 12, 2013 at 8:27 am

      What is dumb is her calling herself a diva….they usually don’t get anything……ever!
      It is their way or no way. So why would she get it?

    • 78 donna dem 4 obama
      April 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Lawrence did exactly what I have been pinning for these pundits or the MSM to do. I don’t ask them to sway the public in one direction or the other. They simply should educate the public with facts that we wouldn’t otherwise know. Then with that knowledge we can push back with facts things like the erroneous comment that Van Jones made. You see Jones believed his own liberal press. He believed the things that were being repeated on Liberal sites as being truth. He spouted off with presumed facts instead of actual facts. Now he has to retract some of his commentary.

      Thanks to Lawrence, I cannot wait to challenge my more unreasonable Liberals/Progressives today!

  23. 79 dotster3
    April 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Look at this discussion—-this is the kind of mentality we’re dealing with——the gun nuts—–they love their guns more than anyone or anything. It’s absolutely sick. Sick minds, not an inkling of sense and sensibility.

  24. 90 dotster3
    April 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

    The people speak

  25. 91 vcprezofan2
    April 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

    GM, TODobots! It’s Friday! 😆 😆

    Anyone seen Chips yet? Is it TIME-ish for today’s Rise and Shine? She did promise to take care of it, and I did promise-ish to be first when she did. In fact, I’m going to follow Hopefruit’s example and lay claim to it so that you all won’t get confused and get in the way.

    “FIRST!” (on the R & S thread) /that should take care of that while I go to eat, then clean out the fridge to welcome the new model./

    Have a ‘FANTABULOUS FRIDAY, everyone!’

    ps {Thinking of you and your family today, Lovely Plain}

  26. April 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Being from Maine, Perkins is one of our state sheroes! Our teaparty Governor had the mural in her honor removed from the labor department and it caused a big stink. It is now on display at a museum and people are flocking to pay tribute. The only good thing that came of this was that it exposed a lot of people to a part of our history they hadn’t heard before.

  27. April 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

    MooooOOOOOooooorning everyone, I’m a teency bit late getting Rise and Shine done – okay, a lot late. Getting there, will post soon-ish.

  28. 94 amk for obama
    April 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    The most complete view yet of a possible human ancestor uncovered in South Africa has revealed an intriguing mix of human and ape traits.

    The two-million-year-old remains of several partial skeletons belonging to a previously unknown humanlike species were found in 2008 near Johannesburg.

    The new analysis shows this species – Australopithecus sediba – had a human-like pelvis, hands and teeth, and a chimpanzee-like foot.

    The findings appear in Science journal.


  29. April 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Well ‘sup all you O’s!!!! It’s fine and great getting up day on the TOD stool today!!!! Thanks for the LD video. I fell asleep on it last night. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get through it. I awoke to some folks in prison doing tats on their bodies or some such MSNBC enlightening late night fare.

    Too bad that soc sec had to be designed to appease the southern Dixiecrats. It was to leave out agricultural and domestic workers, which, during that time, was specifically denying soc sec to AA’s period.

  30. 96 Lovepolitics2008
    April 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Van Jones, Sanders, and many others operate from the perspective of ideology. Not of governing. President Obama is trying to push for a balance approach where everybody has to sacrifice a little. This is the only approach that in the end could win a majority of americans.

    The screamers are not thinking of the devastating effects of the sequester. They are absolutely useless.

    What’s sad is that all the media will quickly put a poll in the field and sure enough, because of the left, the President numbers will go down a bit and this will become the story.

    The people suffering from the effects of the sequester ? Nobody’s talking about them. The President’s progressive elements in the budget, like the closing of loopholes, the increased budget for R&D, for early childhood education, etc. Nobody is interested.

    The media always gives a megaphone to ideologues. The pragmatic voices are lost in the noise.

    Sometimes, I wish President Obama would invite all those ideologues at Camp David for a week-end, give them all the numbers (aging of the population, SS and Medicare costs for the next twenty years, etc.), and ask them what is their solution. And what solution CAN PASS CONGRESS.

    I’ve discovered in the past four years that most of the national political conversation is based on ideology, emotions, distortions, confusion, and downright lies. Sometimes it’s like only the President can present things in a rational, pragmatic, and BASED ON REALITY way.

    • 97 hopefruit2
      April 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      It’s one thing to operate from a perspective of ideology – which is fine in my view. It’s quite another thing to actively spread falsehoods to support your ideological claims.

      The media always gives a megaphone to ideologues as long as they are bashing the President. That’s the key here – bashing the President and undermining him, creating mistrust and anger among his supporters and the American people in general.

      These ideologues are NOT honest brokers and the President owes them nothing, no visit to Camp David, no consideration whatsoever. It’s up to the American people to learn and understand who’s on their side and who isn’t. No one can name a single beneficial bill that Bernie Sanders has gotten passed in congress. His entire state of Vermont is smaller than most of the mid-sized cities in the country! Why should they cast him as the voice of authority on anything?

  31. 98 LDS
    April 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    VC, what are you doing up so early? You were here late and now looking for Ms. Chips….I want whatever you are having!

    • 99 vcprezofan2
      April 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Morning LDS! 😆 Only trying to keep my word with Chips that I’d meet her in the morning. 😉 I suspect I’m going to miss her though as I only have an hour to empty the fridge before the delivery people are slated to arrive, and I figure I’d better eat during that hour too.

      Enjoy your Friday!
      I’m going now for sure – BBL

  32. 100 desertflower
    April 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    LOD’s Part 2 installment of Frances Perkins and SS was another gem. I really love listening to him telling this….I love his inflection and how he speaks, as well as what he says. This history lesson should be seen by everyone!

  33. 101 jackiegrumbacher
    April 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I’m so grateful to you, Chips, for posting LO’s tribute to Frances Perkins. So sick of hearing the whines on FB, so I posted both videos this morning. People will not be pleased to see their preconceived prejudices exploded. They love to stand on their self-righteous outrage and act like victims.

  34. 102 Sweet peg
    April 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Morning everyone!

  35. 104 LDS
    April 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Especially Mr. VJ!
    He needs to know back then,it was not even intended for him, if he had been alive then and my grandfather. And he has the audacity to challenge POB about change. What a jerk he is evolving to be. Sounds like another Clarence Thomas in the making. At last that fool keeps his mouth shut, doing what he was hand picked to do. Mr. VJ wants attention probably a book signing deal on the road with West, Smiley & Co.

    I do not like waking up ranting, raging, venting….but it ‘s a cold, wet, raining day in NYC and I have a dental appointment!
    So this morning Mr. V.J. Is on my shit list.

  36. 105 LDS
    April 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Rising and Shininh!

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