Friday, November 22, 2013


Kennedy was one of the greatest presidents in American history. This is something I truly believe for several reasons. His push towards social spending led to Medicare and Medicaid among other social programs that helps support Americans who have bad luck. He supported human rights more than any other president in American history, passing numerous bills to help African Americans, an issue long ignored by the politicians. His support of Germany which wanted to be unified was a message not of another war in Europe but of unification, and he would be pleased today to see the European Union and Schengen treaty today. When it comes to domestic issues he was the greatest president in American history.

Not to say Kennedy was a perfect president. He supported the government in Iraq that would lead to Saddam Hussein, and significantly increased our military non-humanitarian support of Israel, both of which made the world less free. Like every president he is complicated. Whether he would or would not have invaded Vietnam is a matter of gigantic historical debate, and I don't know what he would have done.

That aside, his economic policies loosened the monetary policy of the federal reserve which led to increased lending by private banks and led us to 8 years of GDP growth averaging around 5%. He was one of the greatest presidents our economy has ever seen.

Let us not forget Kennedy and the contributions he made to this country. I may be too young to remember him, but I recognize the benefits I have today from the great President John Fitzgerald Kennedy for his accomplishments which are significant.

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