Ike's Crystal Ball

05/16/2005 02:30 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are [a few] Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

Eisenhower wrote this to his brother off the record. I can't help
thinking that he acted more presidential off the record and out of
office than when he occupied the presidency. I suppose it was safer --
like warning of the "Military-Industrial complex" upon leaving office.