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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript oviSfife bage collection, even cutting the grass; and the administrative expenses. Another inequity created is the tax- exempt feature of the government public-housing bonds, the only federal bonds so favored. And another — there is even great doubt that public housing can be tied to slum clearance because our past experience shows little relationship between the two. Also, public housing seems to breed juvenile delinquency, judging from experience. The percentage of delinquency is greater in the housing projects that have been studied than other parts of their communities. It has been said that public housing is "political housing" because sponsoring such projects gives an excellent opportunity for congressmen to make impassioned speeches and champion the people with federal handouts as the inducements, thereby winning votes for re-election. I have heard these speeches. I am not convinced — quite the contrary. I am not so ignorant nor naive to believe these distorted views, nor fail to recognize them for what they are. Neither do I think that the American people can be so misled. The facts must be presented to our people, so they can decide. Senator John Sparkman (D-Ala.) on the same Facts Forum program, agrees with the views of the late Senator Taft of Ohio that government has a legitimate role to play in helping to meet America's housing needs. THE AREA OF GOVERNMENT OPERATION For my part, I do not believe that building homes is a function of government even if we could afford it, which we can't, in view of the national debt. These are perilous times for the squandering of money. Americans don't expect their government to build them houses - at least, not the majority of the people. The area of government operation is spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Let's keep our government in its proper confines with free enterprise providing the motive power. How tragic if socialism caused our downfall. Our destiny, rather, is to lead the world to a realization of the truth and value of our "American Way of Living," in contrast to the decadent, godless repudiation of individual worth found in the socialistic and communistic societies. James Madison said, "We have staked the entire future of America, not on the power of government, but on the capacity of mankind for self- government." We have the capacity. It's our government and our future. We can blaze the trail for the world — our way. Tell your congressman how you feel. Page 34 I want to talk about one of our most serious problems, one that has been called our number one national scandal, the problem of slums. I don't have to tell you how great a problem this is (SIC). Anyone who has ridden through the older sections of our large cities and even our smaller towns and rural areas litis seen all too clearly the miserable conditions in which millions of our fellow citizens are forced to live. We Americans cannot be proud to realize that 15 million homes in the world's richest nation are classified as substandard. That was the figure given in the National Housing Conference of 1950, and the problem is getting worse every year. At the rate we're going now experts say it would take thirty years just to rehabilitate the substandard homes and eighty-five years to clear all the slums. The slums are a real blight on the face ot America. They are the natural breeding grounds for crime, disease and delinquency. And make no mistake, the slums extort a tremendous price from all of us, not only in the terrible social costs of increased crime and sickness, but in the plain dollars and cents costs that affect till of us as taxpayers. Slums are expensive to operate. The city of Buffalo, New York, for example, spends about $140 per family for normal police and fire protection and health and social services for the city as a whole. But these same services cost $340 per family — more than twice as much in the slum areas. The slum areas don't pay their own way, not by a long shot. In Denver, one of our newer cities, slums eat up one- third of the city's annual budget while- paying in return only 2 per cent of the city's residential property taxes. These slums pose a complex problem and many men have tried to solve it. One of the leaders was the late Senator Taft of Ohio. Taft is thought of as a conservative, but he realized the critical extent of our slum problem and he recognized that government had a legitimate role to play in helping to meet America's housing needs. Sen- Hce our y delinq laid on! Pinquen. |>lic holl *g for eco *** and pees. Tl t* of w John SporkiW* ?*lalistic -, b 0r orator Taft fought for a public houP tot i\,ft program and he was one of the lea* who succeeded in getting Congress approve the 1949 Housing Act vvit/J provision for building 135,000 p^ housing units a year. The law, sp* sored by Senator Taft, gave our ci" ti real boost in their efforts to 0J >. away the slums. By the time Eisenhower Administration took « in 1953, the public housing prog1" Ut0se was showing real concrete results-, to ]lv "." But the Eisenhower Administrat1 j^ I'm sorry to stiy, tossed Senator stead of Taft's goal of 135,000 p>> H housing units a year. President b,s, \^ Hid Ii jj 'u((_lx 'Cl bower proposed only about a qi'*i %$t_L of that - 35,000 units. In 1954, at fe, "n "s urging of President Eisenhower, j «s to wusii Republican congress wiped oil , jtoate statute books the remaining autli" «ve . to build hundreds of thousand*' Jfc ^ public housing units under the ' ™rhrm ", ls acts. And, at the request of the W«, tifl£& I) request ot tlie '.'jr'ull t. dent, the Republican congress ti^JJtoevj public housing program even with crippling restrictions that it almost impossible to operate. H |" Thi So mus er in tags." i in suny iu s<iy, ubxu oenaiui - , on . program right out of the windovv-l ^j " ..»„„,! „t T.,(r-'„ „„„i „t t-Knnn iiui1l3„i ' '>cli< to r'niii(, Provid 0 fe. e Presid "of 3.5.« &«** refe We Democrats were never pletcly satisfied with President fcPjT'is , bower's public-housing goal of ^''i^d \vh units, but while Congress was u. ?& jt . Republican control we led the » N ^ Pr for the President's program »^ P establish" the Republican congressmen ,( j "tv 0r' were voting three to one against, >rttlv J these limited goals. When Dm*1, |£taxPaver took over the Congress in 1^ l e..e^'|1j('(; j! were determined to improve "". u'in tr r" l i • — ' If*. l( "si Eisenhower housing program ^l tej^ethods we did. In the Senate, we a'L-J, ^' of soj were able to restore Senator | u^irig],. ■' goals of 135,000 units a >^ R* hbu£n because the overwhelming m.lii ik; Politic,i of House Republicans voted to k^ jJV th'( ' public housing entirelv, we ',y V1 (''i n| ii settle finallv on 45,000'units f°r | .«-,.. vear. But that was mote thilfl, W's artiel< President had favored. W'e • | f.l'i,{, ''"Wi, knocked out of the Bill sonic"' \'^V| |()'v> (■rippling restrictions favored ~j«' pfc \0rk bi President that would have m;" ^ii.,,'"s also' Housing Bill a mockery. ,[* w- S,„",'j'«''t.v ' - -a H-S -Sr' I' This, of course, is not the end- remains to be done. Let us Fac:ts Forum News, A/"1' tn1' % *F. <>nr\
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