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By Bob Franken
Syndicated Columnist 

'Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?'

 

January 24, 2019



In 1932, as the Great Depression took hold and once-proud Americans were reduced to begging, Bing Crosby recorded a song called "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" It became a hit, even though Republicans tried to force radio stations not to play it because it was "anti-capitalist." And indeed it was.

"They used to tell me I was building a dream

With peace and glory ahead

Why should I be standing in line

Just waiting for bread?

... Buddy, can you spare a dime?"

Today, the Republicans are at it again, or at least one Republican is. As the country goes through a different kind of depression over...



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