What if Tom Reed had been elected President in 1932?

dustIf Tom Reed had been elected President in 1932, in the depths of the great depression, his first inaugural address might have been quite different from FDR’s.  Perhaps he would have said something like this:

I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my election as President I will  be honest with them. As we all know, this great nation is broke. We can’t maintain the status quo. Government has grown too large and must be trimmed. We can’t afford to go on as we have in the past.  So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is debt.

The answer to our problem is small government.  We have to get the government out of the way of job creators. To do this, we must rescind environmental regulations, reduce taxes, and stop spending beyond our means.

Our greatest task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem. By cutting benefits to the unemployed, we can encourage them to become independent and to look for work.

The cost of education is more than the economy can bear.  To reduce costs, we must shorten the school day.  Students can continue to study on their own at home guided by their parents.  When not studying, students can help the family by collecting cans to recycle for cash. Unneeded teachers will be free to look for work in the private sector.

Due to the depression, the volume of mail has fallen. To reduce the cost of the postal service, we will ask Congress to limit the delivery of mail to twice weekly.  This will free up unneeded postal workers to find jobs with private employers.

Natural climate cycles have created a dust bowl in the Midwest. Some, calling for government intervention, blame poor farming practices, but I reject this idea. What God ordains man must endure.  Those living in states ravaged by dust and drought had better move elsewhere, perhaps they will find work in California.

We do not distrust the future of democracy. The people of the United States have not failed; their bloated government has failed them. By getting the government off our backs, we will build a better future for ourselves and our children. I hope Congress will join me in tearing down the social safety net that drains our resources and makes us weak.

© William Hungerford – February 2014

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5057/

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12 Responses to What if Tom Reed had been elected President in 1932?

  1. BOB McGILL says:

    What Tom would probably say and is probably saying right now is ” YOU ARE SICK IN THE HEAD “

  2. Deb Meeker says:

    Reedville instead of Hooverville. I have often thought of what the US would be like right now, had Mitt Romney been placed in the office by the Supreme Court, as was G.W.B. A car elevator for everyone no doubt!

  3. Barbara Griffin says:

    Terrifying concept, but Tom Reed’s opinions are well reflected in your article. Had that been the situation in the 1930’s, there might have been another American Revolution. As stated in the preamble to the Constitution…”We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare…”. No where in the Constitution does it give our government the right to throw it’s citizens under the corporate bus.

    • BOB MCGILL says:

      corporate bus.? you people are WACKED ! Some drunked captain runs his ship aground and it is the Corporations fault. Some guy falls asleep while driving a train and it’s the Corporations fault ! Some guy at a chemical factory overlooks a deteriorating storage tank and it leaks and it is the corporations fault ! When are you going to put the blame where it belongs ? The average American worker isn’t worth a dam ! A bunch of lazy goof offs who aren’t held accountable because the company makes a profit !

      Drug and alcohol-dependent employees are hazardous to their workplace and a company’s bottom line. Up to 40 percent of industrial fatalities and 47 percent of individual injuries are linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism according to the United States Department of Labor. The financial cost of alcohol and drugs in the
      workplace is staggering. The increased absences, accidents and errors created by alcohol and drug abuse costAmerican businesses 81 billion dollars and 500 million lost workdays a year.
      ebn.benefitnews.com/…/medical-mistakes-costing-businesses-billions-27…‎CachedNov 13, 2013 – Other studies – including one in the Journal of the American Medical … Medical mistakes not only cost lives and misery but billions of dollars in …

      I would bet that your boss would LOVE to get rid of you 2, Your attitudes suck.

      • whungerford says:

        There is an interesting article in the paper today about derelict power plants in NY. They now belong to owners who are not likely to be financially responsible, so the public may be forced to pay the cost of clean up and demolition.

        • BOB MCGILL says:

          atlanta.cbslocal.com/…/dept-of-energy-oks-6-5-billion-for-georgi…‎CachedWAOKLoading…4 days ago – WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department is poised to approve $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees for the first nuclear power plant built …
          the feds are responsible for every aspect of nuclear power. PERIOD !

        • whungerford says:

          What do you think about that, Bob?

          • BOB McGILL says:

            I don’t think about that, PEROID. Why should I, nobody that counts really cares what I think anyway.

          • whungerford says:

            I do care what you think, Bob. Here is may opinion: if we had a disaster here like that at Fukushima, the taxpayers would pick up the tab. I wouldn’t like that. As power plant owners enjoy the profits they should also be responsible for the risks.

          • BOB McGILL says:

            you still DON’T GET IT , the clean up is just part of the cost of doing business and the consumer will pay in the end. Bet they have insurance. Corporations don’t pay for anything, everything is paid for by the end user and the corporation just skims off a percentage for their time.

          • whungerford says:

            I agree Bob, the consumer will pay in the end. But the consumer and taxpayer needn’t allow business to run extreme risks or to leave behind pollution that the business can’t afford or doesn’t intend to clean up.

    • whungerford says:

      Some urged FDR to abandon the Great Plains to desertification, but he didn’t buy it. Instead he invested in conservation and better agricultural practice. FDR was right — the investment paid for itself. Desertification was slowed, halted, and reversed. Today we face similar challenges. Will we respond intelligently or put our heads in the sand? Blind cost-cutting certainly does not “insure domestic tranquility” or “promote the general welfare.”

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