In 1948, President Harry S Truman summed up his view of the Republican Party this way:
… I have studied the Republican Party for years at close hand …. And I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues. Since they won’t tell you themselves, I am going to tell you.
Republicans approve of the American farmer – but they are willing to help him go broke.
They stand foursquare for the American home – but not for housing.
They are strong for labor – but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.
They favor a minimum wage – the smaller the minimum the better.
They endorse educational opportunity for all – but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.
They think modern medical care and hospital are fine – for people who can afford them.”