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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

miguel i prado Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:54 AM
We need to establish new policies and reform existing ones that recognize the family as the basic unit of society. The Civil War was about State Rights with slavery a useful rallying point after Gettysburg. The rise and expansion of government can be traced from that point on - greatly accelerating with the Great Depression. We need to reestablish State Rights by abolishing Federal agencies that infringe on them, such as in the Education Department.
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length. In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using the American-sounding interval of 76 years, just a few years more than the Biblical lifespan of three score and 10.

It was 76 years from Washington's First Inaugural in 1789 to Lincoln's Second Inaugural in 1865. It was 76 years from the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865 to the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Going backward, it was 76 years...