Some things just never change
Gazette advertising sales representative Marci McCarten forwarded to me a large newsletter that an acquaintance passed to her.
The U.S. senator who created the newsletter reflected on several problems facing our nation. Among them:
“Balance the federal budget. The time has come to end … deficit spending—paying government expenses and making contributions to all sorts of enterprises and peoples with borrowed money. The war boosted federal deficits. … We must stop going farther into debt. And certainly we must stop loaning money to foreign countries.”
“Formulate a labor policy. The rights of the workers must be preserved. But along with the exercise of those rights, workers should assume the responsibilities that go with them. Autocratic power of labor leaders should be whittled down. All-important decisions should be made by secret ballot of the workers. The government cannot permit ambitious labor leaders to throw the economy of the nation into chaos whenever they have a mind to do so.”
“Work out a better Social Security program. The whole matter of Social Security and unemployment relief should be studied. ... Changes should be made in the law to assure that those unable to take care of themselves should be adequately provided for without breaking the backs of workers to support those who can work but who do not want to do so. The possibility of extending benefits of Social Security, on a sound basis, to workers ... who do not now have this protection, also should be studied.”
Just who is this senator? Why, none other than Arthur Capper.
What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of him? Well, perhaps that’s because he served in the U.S. Senate from the state of Kansas from 1919 to 1949. He was born in 1865 and died in 1951. This Republican was known not only as a politician but also a newspaperman and children’s advocate.
The above “problems” were included in his 86-page Capper's Farmer publication, which cost just 10 cents in February 1947. The publication, by the way, advertised such products as Ethyl gasoline with its antiknock compound and Fletcher’s Castoria, “the laxative made especially for infants and children.”
Some “problems,” it seems, just never seem to go away, do they?