February 3, 1934 - Editorial - The Sugar Bowl, by George Lorimer
The real sugar bowl of the Western Hemisphere is no longer in the islands of the Caribbean, however be the saccharine be the content of their cane, but in the city of Washington D.C.. Here is found the sugar mamma superlative, or, if this description of modern bounty unlimited seems a bit flippant, here is where the goddess of plenty has established her throne. From the United States Treasury pour billions of dollars into every kind of public work, made work, spending device and project that the minds of eager, imaginative, active enthusiastic and joyful men and women can think of.
Artists are to be employed to paint murals on the walls of public buildings, ticks are being hunted down in the woods of neighboring Maryland, a bewildering variety of inquiries, surveys, censuses and investigations are being started, and all manner of extra improvements or constructions or projects having to do with highways, rivers and harbors, national parks, national forests, erosion, power development, irrigation of lands and small subsistence homesteads are under way. The sheer extent of these manifold devices for giving employment are utterly confusing. They originate and find authority in a steady expanding number of new Government agencies, each with its own perplexing initials, each with from scores of millions to billions of dollars to spend. Discriminating analysis on the part of the public is impossible; people can be sure of only one thing - namely, that billions are being spent as fast as possible.
If the real reason for so lavish, so stupendous an outlay is to provide a dole to care for the unemployed, then why not frankly say so? To give the impression that all this feverish activity to build up Government deficits is part of the program of recovery not only deludes the country but distracts its mind from the real business of recovery.
This would be true even if every project were intrinsically valuable, which is more than credulity can stand. Surely power, irrigation and transportation projects, paid for out of Treasury deficits, cannot be economically sound on top of a surplus of all these services. (pg. 22)