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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 1, January 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 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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Transcript Democrat bill was the better plan, and more sound financially. So I left my partv both in committee and on the floor of the House to vote for it and against the Republican plan. True, an even better bill may be developed. It was frustrating to see partisan politics sway so main congressmen who voted on the basis of which partv sponsored tbe bill — rather than voting for the best solution lo the problem. Would my colleagues say this is just a newcomer's greenness? SOUTH UNITED ON NATURAL CAS BILL The Natural Gas Bill found all Texas congressmen solidly united — probably prejudiced some might say, because oil and gas mean much to the Southwest. Prejudiced? I would like to think that our concern with this problem caused us to give it greater study. Hen- to nn -al- isfaction I saw once again the fight of free enterprise vs. the controlled economy. Free enterprise won by on I x six \ "les. The controversv raged over whether the price at the well of natural gas would be controlled by federal government or by market supply and demand factors under government scrutiny. Actuallv. tbe latter would not be completely free enterprise, but certainh more free than complete governmenl control. Many people in gas-consuming state-, and their congressmen, erroneously believe that prices will soar without government control. Experience, however, proves just the reverse. Without control, gas costs the same today as it did during the 1935-39 period, while other fuel costs have soared to 191-225 per cent above the 1935-39 average. Interstate transmission and local distribution of gen have been under '"controls" for some time, and these services have steadil) risen in price. Onh the free!) competitive and uncontrolled price at the wellhead has declined. Yet there are congressmen who doggedl) maintain that they musi "protect the consumer" through further imposition of federal controls! Others, once more, just didn't have time to study the facts before veiling. Another legislative disappointment was the new Social Security law the House passed. No hearings were held by the committee which handled the bill: although I diligently dug fen f:iet~. do information from healings was available for the congressmen to study em.I 5'eiin information upon which to base their vote. **: el the bill committed oui country to the vear 2929. with future costs more than double the present cost. I was told, ". . , it will collapse anyway, and then the people will know (be program was heul." With this background of doubt eunl lack of information, ami having ob- Page 8 served some downright lack of political courage, 1 of course voted against lhe hill. I siill believe tin- best "political sense ' is lee do what is right. Surely the people should have the truth, and weiuld approve rather than condemn the representative who honestl) s,, strives and votes. I for one di t intend to underestimate the g I sense of the "people' hack home." Possibly an equally great surprise, saved until the chesing dens, weis the Housing Act of 55. Here again I saw outright socialism take hold, dishonest legislative procedure, and "politics for politics' -ake." The House voted down the public housing provisions of tbe Housing bill decisively as it had many times before in other Congresses. Several days later. however, when the House-Senate conference bill came back to us for a vote, we- were Startled le. see all tbe socialistic public bousing features still there, llie President heul requested a program closely related ie> slum clearance, wilh priorit) in puhlie housing reserved for those displaced in such urban renewal work. .None of that here! Rather we seiw iln- distasteful pure public bousing we bad thrown out returned to us with the threat that if we didn't approve it we'd stay longer In session or return for a special session. Most M.C.'s had bags paekcil an.l tickets anil reservations see ureal (some bail even left) anil so a number of nun changed their vote under ihi- pressure. Further, it was tied to EHA renewed sn that a vote againsl public bousing was a vote against FHA. This is a dishonest legislative maneuver, even if considered a slick trick l.v -ome. Probably I should not bene- been surprised, since the old \cw Deal M.C.'s of the 1930's were pushing it through. Yet I felt that the people back home weiuld heartily condemn such legislation. As I studied tins hill anil heard the oratory fur "home consumption" — I learned again the meaning of "demagoguery,' the technique nf appealing for votes and support hy political misrepresentation ami speech-making. I heard tin- phrase, " Vmericans have a right to decent housing at prices they can afford." What kind of talk is this'' Of course wc all want, anil we want eill to have, nice homes hui i- it (be function of federal government to provide' them wilh tax pen eis' money? 1 f se.. w In nnt extend the thought to providing food, clothes, transportation - - in fail, all mir needs? Of course, this i- -eieietlism. the- opposite "f freedom. On the e\ iele-ne e ahead) in. elle' wc unaware that a "little bit "f socialism heis been aptlj likewieel In ee little hit of pregnane] ? ll hulls to grow! According to mj computation tin- real ...-I ,,i ei so-called ten thousand eh.lien public housing unit is nearer twenty-five sht> nl*0""" ji'""1 -oni thousand dollars. Would you 1 to learn that public housing t. rarel) those most in need of hoU<"'"" In Dayton, families earning up to I, ' eight hundred dollars yearly can q* ' . for public housing. Even the grj mowed for them. Are they destitaj QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWER^""' he vi How far have we strayed tr0'*'eH.lr. Faith of our Fathers — their belif"4OI1 ( governmenl was to protect our },- ( given rights, and to he our servant t>„ |p, than mil master? "The history of1,,, sur is the' history of the limitation of ernmental power, nol the increase 0WUES as Woodrow Wilson said. In what' ] a( is the "limited government' outlin*tcnt I the Constitution limited today? ktrati In our commendable zeal to Wireat needs for everyone, we have perflated the transfer oi tax monev and fl952, from the loealilv and state to the wkriee level. Today, the federal govefl4det|u takes 75 cents of each lax dollar, If* rise unlv 25 cents to the states and nrtoeiet; publics. Thai ratio is a direct revcrtre ., the lax distribution of some ycarS'lilrei Has this transfer of monev and J**hcy n to "big government" expressed tl*on. v lention of us all. or did it gel eivveiy'rnme us. sliding through our fingers bit" Iter as we weakened our grasp? Is thi'i'iass our governmenl "of. bv. and for''Hi"n people." e>r a staggering bureaucrat*!* the diel mil intend and which we niu^'j "H reel as we can? Have we follow"-*!""1" letter of the Constitution or liei'""111" circumvented it without making tW, cn - -I i t ul i ee n ;i I a me tld ment s that j abridgment of the • Ilieil Iffree" •a. 11,1, be answered, or we shall lose by ' something thai no outside po«'«f law requires are questions which sooner tir leih'r . dfJial s, ,'i Wh iiii outside po"e ,„ . he-en eihle- le. take away from us -^j^, libeiIv. our freedom. Lrs We would do well to remember, _(>|lls government is hest which is clo-^n the the people." Probably of all the a!Js |)v t ments to the I ionstitution the •;ram? Amendment has been mi'si .iltei* tusine luted or ignored. Tbat ainendnie''laige plv states, "Tbe powers not deh*Pa7 bad the I nited Steilcs by the ConstMnrdin nor prohibited by it to tlie state^hich reserved to the states respectively!'ion t the people." M>t. In Congress I recognized very 'I'V'idil the continuing bailie being waf-'™'lle Iwiin those' believing iii free ente*ion a and those believing in the goverfljlic pi controlled economy. Many times tjpend sine that some of those chamP™ '1V11 federal controls somehow I ><■ I i<•"•'.'''M ~ ; ne can retain all the blessings ojpess. enterprise, plus the added help i""'1'"'^ ernment through regulation. This*ra' £-'' breathing i e freelv while •j"1"*" strangled, and I cannol grasp th' " Jleisp ,,.-C le ol mv colleagues. Tr''' leuiltl senile ul their constituents, jure thai some e o iceili/i' lhe sie-njheanee of socia. i?I*r. ''■" 1'vi is Forum News. Janiiai'll-'m
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