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The MILL CITY ENTERPRISE
His Pi'atiorm Is Peace
October 23, 1952
2—THE MILL CITY ENTERPRISE
THE REPUBLICAN MESS
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And How The Democratic Party
Cleaned Things Up
(This is the third of a series of articles contrasting the
mess created in Washington by the Republican Party
from 1921 to 1933 with the Democratic Party’s achieve
ments of the past 20 years.)
"THE PAPER THAT HAS NO ENEMIES HAS NO FRIENDS.*
Senator Wayne Morse voted for Stevenson.
mailed his absentee ballot to Oregon last week. Senator
Morse has been roundly slammed for this by a close-knit
group of men who contributed towards Morse’s campaign
for re-election. These men whine pitifully that Senator
Morse has knifed them in the back by his support of
Stevenson. A moral can be drawn from this attitude
of men such as Mr. Sammons who kicked in money for
These persons believe that their
money should have directed Morse’s support for the
Since when does contributing towards a man’s cam
paign give one the right of running his life and con
trolling his vote.
In this stand by Senator Morse’s
benefactors we see proof of the contention they intended
thereby the influencing of his vote, both personal and
in Congress. This attitude just cannot be defended. We
can only conclude that the Nixon millionaire club also
so intended. Senator Morse’s record in Congress and
out shows that he was not influenced by those who gave
money to his campaign. Once elected, a law-maker must
keep all citizens’ welfare in mind. This, Senator Morse
has demonstrated he can do.
Like it or not, there are those who are as yet un
decided how they will vote November 4. It is clear that
this is not a small group of voters. These people hold
the balance of power on who will be our next President.
It is indeed marvelous that these people have remained
unmoved by the emotion that fairly streams from polit
ical fountains. These people view the current campaign
as a hot one and stand aloof from its seething see-saw
We cannot say that these undecided are new voters
only or natural fence-sitters. Ajnong their numbers we
see tens of thousands of honest, hardworking citizens.
They seek only justice for their nation and its people.
The undecided are weighing in the most careful manner
the issues before them. They seek mental weapons that
will make their decision come easier. Candidates face a
grueling task when they face up to this great duty. But,
face up to it they must, this we have constantly main
Sad it is that these undecided can not place quiet
reliance upon their newspapers and other modes of
modern day communication. Each day sees distortion
piled upon distortion. Our undecided must comb their
decision from piles of windswept and troubled opinions
and comments. Our only advice to these citizens who
will go to the polls November 4 is the Biblical statement:
“Seek and ye shall find.
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS I voters to forget that, from the time
| of Grant to the present, their record
Republican ghost writers seem to ! has been one of developing a mess
have difficulty with traditional and at Washington. They always brought
about their ousting by the voters, wh«
classical meanings of words.
So when they bear down on the turned the responsibility over to a
phase "mess at Washington” with the Democratic adm’-’istration which in
implication that there never was a stituted the reforms that the GOP
mess at Washington before in history, had been «¡-«-stepping carefully as
and that the Republican party is the long as possible.
And they will have to forget com
only one which can clean it up, and
that “it is time for a change,” we pletely that Theodore Roosevelt, the
must not say to them that the issue only president they ever put in who
tried to do a cleanup, got in by acci
they raise is “impertinent.”
after the party bosses had
So we might as well drop into the ■
vernacular that they can better un- shelved him in the vice presidency.
If Czolgosz and his pistol hadn’t
derstand and say the issue they at-
intervened, Teddy would have moul
empt to raise is “phony”.
Let’s spell it out, because prob dered on the vice presidential shelf
ably they did not understand the ex and the GOP would have ridden cozily
actness of the phrase Adlai Steven along in that boisterous period of ex
son used when he said there is really ploiting the public domain, which,
“no corruption issue in the campaign, Teddy upset so rudely. And the GOP
because nobody is running on a ‘pro machine got rid of Teddy—but quick,
and at the cost of letting Woodrow
Certainly Stevenson is not—and he Wilson into the White House.
So the record would seem to show
can cite his own reform record as
virtually the only activity toward
governor of Illinois to prove it.
If the Republican spokesmen wish cleaning up any mess in Washington
to insist that they are running upon that was ever displayed by the GOP,
an “anti-corruption ticket” and intend came about by an accident the bosses
to campaign along this line on the could not have foreseen.
It doesn’t give them much talking
basis of their past records, they will
from any record for trying to
have to burn a lot of the party an
chives before they really come out get the voters from any record for
into the open as clean-handed and trying to get the voters excited ovet
pure-hearted Galahads in the evil the job of giving them another stab
realm of politics.
And Stevenson already has a record
They’ll have to do a lot of white
washing on the Grant administration. he can point to with pride, and cer
They will have to heed the alarmed tainly without either apologizing, cov
warning once made by their standard ering up or going into a “pot-and
bearer, James G. Blaine: “Bum this i kettle” routine.—Oregon Journal.
letter." They will have to polish up
the regime of the late William How
ard Taft, whose previous sponsor,1
Tedry Roosevelt, could not stomach I
the mess in Washington even in those
days and felt obliged to bolt the
party. They will have to dismiss the
Harding administration without even
a side glance, or point with such pride !
as they can at President Coolidge’s
effort to mop up after Harding.
They will just have to persuade the
We have added another pharmacy to
“The Quisenberry Pharmacies, that operate as one”
All Republican candidate* for the legislature in Marion County
are from Salem. Give the 50% of Marion County people who
do not live in Salem, e representative in the legislature.
ELECT CORNELIUS BATESON
The Largest Single Business in the County Is Farming.
Bateson Is a Successful Farmer and Knows Farm and
Where Does Bateson Stand on Issues?
Bateson Believes That the Voters Are Entitled to Know
Where He Stands on Public Issues and Problems With
Which the Legislature Is Concerned.
BATESON BELIEVES AND WILL VOTE—
321 X NO. SCHOOL DISTRICT REORGANIZATION.
"Let us keep something as important as the educa
tion of our children close to the people and local
government. I-et us not hand the schools and children
to big bureaus and big government.”
32* X YES. PROHIBITING PARIMUTUEL BETTING.
“The honest moral source of money Is more im
portant than monney itself.”
311 X YES. THE BIG TRUCK BILL.
"We must never subsidize any special interest I .et
each pay h;s just proportionate share of the total
ASK THE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES WHERE THEY
STAND. VOTE FOR CORNELIUS BATESON
Paid Pol. Adv Bateson for Representative Committee, D. Rand. Sec
130 S. Liberty St., Salem
The new pharmacy will be open until 11:00 o'clock
at night on week days and from 12:00 noon until 2:00
P.M. and 6:00 until 9:00 in the evenings on all Sundays
and all holidays.
There we will specialize in prescriptions and stock
will be limited to medicines and sick room supplies.
Your prescriptions will be on file there as well as
at the other locations and will be available, for your
convenience, these longer hours.
The new location is 130 South Liberty Street, and
the phone number is 4-3336. However, if you dial the
Court Street number, 3-9123, and that store is closed,
the call will be relayed.
We are pleased to be able to offer this kind of pre
scription service and to have it available these longer
“THAT OPERATE AS ONE”
FOR 21 HOI R SERVICE DAILY DIAL 3-9123
12 GOP YEARS ON THE FARM
Farmers who went through the
nightmare of the Nineteen Twenties
and the early Thirties will need no
i reminder of those bleak, heartbreak
For younger men and women on the
farm today, the historic facts must
be close to unbelievable.
own interest, they might ask older
farmers to reminisce about those
years when Republicans controlled
the destinies of agriculture.
Farm Life in the '20’s
Here, for the record, are some of
the basic truths of life on the farm
as it was lived under Harding, Cool
idge and Hoover:
In one five-year period nearly half
a million farmers went broke.
In 1932, the bottom year of the
Great Depression, the farmers’ net
income sank to 51.9 billion or about
80 cents a day for each farmer.
In 1932 alone there were 65,339
mortgage foreclosures on farms.
(They didn’t all take it lying down.
In some areas there were riots, and
more than one judge and sheriff got
the fright of his life as grim-faced
men made a show of force to warn
off bidders on a neighbor’s debt-burd
The price of wheat was the lowest
in 300 years. In some areas corn
dropped under 15c, cotton and wool
sold at 5c, hogs and sugar 3c, beef
2t4c. Corn was burnied for fuel.
The Soil Was Mined
The soil—that enormous heritage
of America — was being "mined,”
wasting away under improper meth
ods to the tune of possibly a million
acres a year lost to productivity. The
Great Planis were deteriorating into a
dust bowl, from what beaten men and
owmen drifted aay in dilapidated ja
lopies, searching for work and bread.
In 1930 tWbre were only 920,000
tractors on American farms. As for
combines, in '30 they numbered only
one-thirteenth of today’s efficient
How did the farmer get into such
a mess under Republican rule?
Let us see what the attitude of
President Harding was. Here is what
“It cannot be too
strongly urged that the farmer must
be ready to help himself.”
Harding was dead right; the Repub
lican administration certainly was
not going to help him.
Efforts were made in Congress to
provide legislation that would help
the farmer help himself—notably the
McNary-Haugen farm bills for sub
sidizing farm exports. Coolidge ve
toed McNary-Haugen twice.
Along came Hoover. It was in his
Adminisration that the notorious
Smoot - Hawley tariff was enacted,
raising tariff barriers that were al
ready high to levels that kept other
nations from selling to this country,
and hence left those countries with-
out dollars to buy American farni
Prices Went to Pot
The result was that production, in-
stead of being cut to fit consumption,
instead — and prices went to pot,
Between 1929 and 1932 corn produc
tion rose 16 percent —• and prices
dropped 60 per cent. Wheat produc
tion gained 8 per cent—and the price
sank 63 per cent.
There, in a nutshell, is the history
of Republican "statesmanship” in the
field of farm policy.
WHAT THE DEMOCRATS DID
Within two weeks of President
Roosevelt’s inauguration in 1933 he
called for legislation to help the
A Democratic Congress responded
quickly with the Agricultural Ad
justment Act. Republicans resisted,
but were outnumbered. (In the House,
the vote was: Republicans, 39 yea, 73
nay; Democrats, 272 yea, 24 nay).
This statute marked the beginning
of what was to become, by contrast
with the preceding dozen Republican
years of want, a Golden Age for the
The new law established the princi
ple that farm prices should be high
enough to enable the farmer to pay
prevailing prices for things needde to
operate his farm and his home. That
is the famous parity program—tying
the prices the farmer receives to the
prices the farmer has to pay.
The 80th Congress
The Republicans have made various
attempts to torpedo the parity pro
gram, but have failed except during
the Republican-controlled 80th Con
gress, when they did put across some
Under the Democratic administra
tions of the past 20 years, the Agri
cultural Adjustment Act and other
New Deal and Fair Deal measures
have wrough colossal changes in ths
farm picture. Such as—
1. Farm prices at the end of 1951
(though not at a peak) averaged 6
per cent below parity.
2. Farm foreclosures in 1950
numbered 1,214—fewer than three a
day, compared to 176 a day in 1932.
3. The farmers, who as a group
were as good as bankrupt in 1932,
today have an equity of 91 percent
in their properties.
4. The income per farm operator
in 1951 was nearly four times that
of 1932, in terms of purchasing
Republicans, always friendly to
private power interests, have resisted
federal aid to farmer co-operatives
for the purpose of bringing electricity
into their home and barns. Presi
dent Roosevelt pooh-poohed the GOP's
cries of “state socialism!” and estab
lished the Rural Electrification Ad
Today nearly one thousand local
co-operatives, helped by low-rate
REA loans but owned and operated
by local people, serve rural commu
nities in 46 states. More than half
of America’s electrified farms are
served by these power lines.
Restoring the Soil
Conservation is another field in
which the Democratic administrations
have made history.
ranchers have been helped to restore,
protect and remove many millions
acres of pastures and range and
improve many million acres of past
ure and range and forest by re
seeding, terracing and so on.
Today there are more than four
million tractors on the farms. There
are seven times as many milking
machines as in 1930, ten times as
many mechanical cornpickers, 13
times as many grain combines. Such
machines have meant this: Today one
farm worker produces enough food
for himself and 14 other people, com
pared with, in 1900, 7 other people.
And the farmer himself, although
he is looking forward to still further
gains, is no longer the forgotten man
of the national economy.
From where I sit...
Wonder How Miss Gilbert
Is in "History"?
Ry now I guess you've heard
about the spelling errors in the
kids' report cards this week.
A typical card looked like this:
Geography .................. B~
Spelling ....................... C
Grammer ................. . B
I don’t know if Miss Gilbert, the
principal, actually wrote those
cards, but she took full respon
sibility. This morning I bear she
got up in the Assembly Hall — be
fore all the students — and started
writing GRAMMAR with two
"a's" on the blackboard 100 times!
From where I sit. I’ll bet this
makes her even more popular with
the students. It’s nice to see an
expert admit she occasionally
makes a mistake. Too many so-
called “experts’* claim they're
never wrong on such subjects as
what you or I ought to eat . . .
what we should wear . . . whether
we should enjoy beer or butter
milk. A really wise person never
claims to “know all the answers“
all the time.
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