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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956 - File 016. 1956-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/279/show/225.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 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 The Primrose Path By W. G. VOLLMER President, Texas and Pacific Railway Mr. Vollmer, associated with thi railroad industry since 1902, has bet* president of Texas and Pacific Rai' way Company since 1945. Amott other activities, he is a director an* i-ice-president of the Community Che' and Councils of America, Inc. He ha* won wide recognition for his coif pany's institutional type of atlterU1' ing. stressing the highest ideals of '" American way of life. The concept of national economic planning for the people's welfare had its inception in the twenties, long before World War II or the Korean conflict. Since that time, it has gained steadily in strength, in scope, and in adherents. In the turbulent and tortuous history of nations, the principle of economic planning is nothing new. It is the very keystone of communism, just as it was of nazism and fascism. When any government takes over the peacetime planning of the economic affairs of its people, it becomes also the high executioner of individual freedom and opportunity. In the drafting of the Constitution, our Founding Fathers must have recognized the inherent evil of national economic planning for they made no provision for such governmental activities. As a matter of fact, main of them fled their native countries to escape the serfdom which such planning imposed. In times of peace no economic plan of the federal government is worth the paper it i.s written on unless it is supported with the power of execution. And the power of execution carries with it the power to control individual action and to destroy individual freedom. A planned economy by a central government means precisely what the word "planned" implies. It means that the federal government assumes the right of exercising control over certain phases of the economic affairs of the people. Governmental officials and bureaucrats decide what they conceive to be good for the people and then issue orders telling them what they can and cannot do. Our farm program is a case in point. Page 14 The once rugged and independent farmers have surrendered a considerable measure of their freedom of action upon the altar of artificial security disguised as a "fair return" for their products. The farmers now plant whatever crops the government decides upon. And they also market their products in a manner carefully prescribed and rigidly administered by the government. Planned Economy Destroys Freedom The farm program is but one segment of our national economy which has given way to national planning. Numerous programs control in various ways the supply and the price of lood. clothing and shelter, while controls of one form or another are exercised over employment and vv ages. In times of peace if we accept tin- principle that the federal government possesses the right to plan any segment of our economic welfare, then we must be prepared to relinquish the right to individual freedom. We cannot have both. Any disposition to temporize or compromise the principles of freedom merely strengthens socialistic planning. Every real American has within his heart a sincere desire to see everyone properly fed, clothed, sheltered, educated, employed at good wages, secure in his job, in his health, and in his old age. There is a wide difference of opinion, however, as to how all of these tilings can be obtained. Some people look to the government to provide them. They expect the government to produce an economic miracle. It cannot be done that way. The government itself produces nothing. It is the people who produce the gi'<" and services that make life rich6! more comfortable, and more enjo) able. The only way to provide more thing for more people is for the pcop1 themselves to produce more. Thc si"11' tion thus rests with the people, not ''* government. In times of peace the national pk"1, ners of our nation have supported "'" advocated the principle that the '-1" eminent, when vested with the po* to distribute income and productive can bring about an improvement ' the material welfare of all the peOP Nation ting, tin •"come i 'defend °f the lit tt becoi dedicate ■eurity out regai fte earn. Those "tent of •"g to il **ns, or Privilege -"unities ttruction pportui Those "omie p jydividu ■ne supr Those Nnt sh »omic , share-th ciple is tariptioi This is economic nonsense, for 111' more the government provides, " more it impoverishes the pcop through increased taxation. Government Must Take Before Giving I It is the belief of those who ^ subscribe to our constitutional del", craey, and thus often are accused ' being reactionaries, that it i.s the « sponsibility and the right of the vidua! to produce according to capacity and to consume or dispOw| what he produces according to own judgment, provided he resp the similar rights of others. in* i 0#» The Constitution does not say P. the federal government, acting i" capacity of an economic planner, s'''1 promote the welfare of one perse" the expense of another. .,, Nor does the Constitution ProVlw that the federal government has power to capture through taxation portion of a person's income and ' distribute it, in the form of gran'*' aid, to others. A government which promotes • practices in times of peace, thr0*1' Facts Foiu vi News, September, m
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