December 22, 1934 - Editorial - A Suggestion for the Opposition, by George Lorimer

The excerpts from the President's 1932 speeches to which we are referring, as reported in the press, are given below.

"Just one word or two on taxes, the taxes that all of us pay toward the cost of government of all kinds. Well, I know something about taxes. For three long years I have been going up and down this country preaching that Government - Federal and state and local - costs too much.

"I shall not stop that preaching. As an immediate program of action, we must abolish useless offices. We must eliminate actual prefunctions [?] of Government - functions, in fact, that are not definitely essential to the continuance of Government. We must merge, we must consolidate subdivisions of Government, and, like the private citizen, give up luxuries we can no longer afford.

"By our example at Washington itself we shall have the opportunity of pointing the way of economy to local government, for let us remember well that out of every tax dollar in the average state in this nation, forty cents enters the Treasury in Washington, D.C., ten or twelve cents goes to the state capitals, and forty-eight cents out of every dollar are consumed by the costs of local government in counties and cities and towns.

"I propose to you, my friends, and through you, that Government of all kinds, big and little, be made solvent and that the example be set by the President of the United States and his Cabinet.

"There are offices provided for in the Constitution and laws of some of the states that have an honorable history, but are no longer necessary for the conduct of government. We have too many taxing districts. The taxpayers literally groan under layer upon layer of tax units. Relief can come only through resolute, courageous cutting.

"I shall use this position" (as President) "of high responsibility to discuss up and down the country, in all seasons, at all times, the duty of reducing taxes, of increasing the efficiency of government, of cutting out the underbrush around our governmental structure, of getting the most public service for every dollar paid by taxation. This I pledge you, and nothing I said in the campaign transcends in importance this covenant with the taxpayers of this country.

"Later in this campaign I propose to analyze the enormous increase in the growth of bureaucracy. We are not getting an adequate return for the money we are spending in Washington - or, to put it another way around, we are spending altogether too much money for government services which are neither practical nor necessary. In addition to this, we are attempting too many functions and we need a simplification of what the Federal Government is giving to the people.

"I accuse the present administration of being the greatest spending administration in peacetimes in all our history - one which has piled bureau on bureau, commission on commission, and has failed to anticipate the dire needs or reduced earning power of the people. Bureaus and bureaucrats have been retained at the expense of the taxpayer."

"Let us have the courage to stop borrowing to meet continued deficits.

" Stop the deficits and let us also have the courage to reverse the policies of the Republican leaders and insist on a sound currency."

"Every man has a right to his own property; which means a right to assured to the fullest extent attainable the safety of his savings." (pp. 22-23, 55)

Comments: There were more campaign lies than the ones I quoted, but this gives you an idea of the deception that was sold to the people. If Franklin Roosevelt would have told the people that he was a Socialist with a secret Socialist agenda he was going to impose upon the people, he probably would not have been elected. Therefore, to get into power, he had to deceive the people.

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