Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day494 Thursday 01/05/12

ran 3.5 miles
On this day in history, President Harry Truman gave his “Fair Deal” speech in the form of his State of the Union address. The year was 1949 and Truman declared that every American deserves a fair deal from their government.

Sound like a familiar idea here in 2012? I agree every American, every legal American, deserves a fair deal, in which they have every opportunity any other individual has, but that “fair deal” or opportunity has nothing to do with the federal government granting it.

President Harry Truman laid out a plan for domestic policy reforms including nationalized health insurance, public housing, civil rights legislation, federal aid to education, increased minimum wage, government assistance to farmers, extension of Social Security, and immediate anti-discrimination policies regarding employment.

I’m not suggesting these are bad ideas but the ruthless haste most presidents use in implementing their ideas far too often leaves a wake of unexpected disaster elsewhere. Barack Obama’s use of stimulus packages and introducing his health care bill in the first half of his term amidst a full blown recession are two examples of cramming futility down the throat of logic. Many would argue things would be worse had he not invested so many monopoly money tax dollars into so many things that have unraveled as complete failures; I would argue that if he had invested in resources and technology, such as drilling for oil, that we as a nation already have a firm grasp on then his stimulus package could have been a success rather than a monumental failure.

In 1949, much like in 2012, politics were shifting to the right and anti-communist sentiment was increasingly slowing down Truman’s agenda, just as Barack Obama’s agenda is becoming more and more difficult to fulfill. The “Fair Deal” was being interpreted more and more as socialism by Americans.

In Truman’s second term minimum wage was almost doubled, he succeeded with his “Housing Act”, which provided 800,000 new houses for the poor, and Congress approved his extension of Social Security benefits. As far as nationalized health care was concerned, Congress obviously rejected the idea.

In 1950, the Korean War and the Cold War were too big of distractions for Truman to pursue his more important domestic interests any longer.

What was the theme of that speech Obama gave last month in Osawatomie, Kansas? “Fair Deal”, was it? No, it was the “Fair Shot” speech.

576.3 miles to go.

Here is what happened one year ago on Day129.


  1. This is a misquote. Did he say "gets" a fair share or "does" a fair share? I think the latter.


  2. I think the man speaking was a little too excited and passionate about the message he was sending and he did, I think, inadvertently say "fair share" in the beginning of the video but immediately switched to "fair shot" after. Keen observation. I didn't even notice. But the message is clear. If you want something, earn it. The sense of entitlement in this country is one of our largest barriers and those who feel entitled to other people's money, not having earned it, generally tend to vote for people like Barack Obama. They are obviously not the only demographic that historically votes democratic, but it is easy to see why they do.

  3. The sense of entitlement is out of control. The bad is ruining it for the good who may only need it in emergencies.


  4. He also says "fair share" again a few times just before he starts talking about the pie. I'm just saying this was never said. Whether it's an oversight , exaggeration or lie I don't know.