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WHAT'S "NEWS"?There is a persistent tendency toconsider recent events as "new".They are often neither "new" nor"unique". In 1950 there was an extensiveand thorough report to the President advocating among otherthings:1.a call for sacrifice and discipline2.a cutback in social programs3. vast increases in militaryinvestmentand "foreign assistance".("Military Keynsianism")4. reductions in Federal expendituresfor purposes other than defense and "foreign assistance"and more...This statement was signed by President Harry Teruman in April,1950.The above is abbreviated,of course, and from secondary sources.The original was declassified after 25 years but is difficult if not impossible to come by.My father worked for Harry Trumanin the White House then (minor post), signed a "loyalty oath" and so forth.Details were never discussed at home (I was a child then) nor was my father's "education" at the CIA's "School of the Americas" in Panama ever mentioned.email: email@example.com
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