LETTERS to the EDITORS
LIMIT U. S. OWNERSHIP
To tin- Nashville Banner:
Few realize that today the federal government owns about 25 per cent of the
land area of the United States. Through
Its (axing, regulatory, and controlling
powers it has confiscated and transferred
to itself at least one-half of the private
property in the country.
It has business properties worth $50
billion and electrical power projects that
will produce a fourth of all our power.
The government is in the insurance
business. It can fix minimum wages. It
Can tell the fanner how much to plant
It regulates and controls in a manner
which is socialism itself.
Only 20 years ago the states and localities collected 75 per cent of all revenues,
but today the federal government collects
75 per cent. Much of what the government controls, it does not own outright —
which is communism.
The people and the states should enact
Constitutional restrictions and limitations
°n tin- federal government.
Ernie T. Waters
Route No. 2
New Prospect Community
Tn the Boston Post:
The Supreme Court's decision, ruling
out state prosecution for sedition, has
nullified sedition laws in 12 states by declaring that the Smith Act supersedes
"|| si laws. How absolutely ridiculous!
Even unit of society from the individual
°H up has a right to protect itself.
The individual states are sovereign
Powers entitled to all the lights of sover-
°i(;ii powers except those that are explicitly reserved to the federal government
0) tin- Constitution. Therefore, the states
°*ve -i right to protect themselves against
se(litioii. even when it's a ease of sedition
"gainst the federal government. Tin- federal government i.s the creation of the
An act of Congress can never super-
J*de tin- Constitution. Neither can the
*lpreme Court supersede the Constitu-
""i These nine men are not the su
preme law of the land. The Constitution
i.s still the supreme law.
This decision is a most serious threat
to the welfare of the people,
PlllI.IP E. O'Connejjl
18 Whitcomb Terrace
South Weymouth, Massachusetts
To the Los Angeles Times:
If a guaranteed annual wage for labor
is possible, why not a guaranteed annual
dividend for capital?
If a business fails, labor can always
walk out with all it put in — skill of hand
or brain — intact, to market elsewhere.
Capital not only sees its wage, the dividend, suddenly cut off, but the only
source of that dividend, the investment
itself, anywhere from partially to totally
Sauce for the goose should be sauce
lor tin- gander. Only who's going to supply tin- sauce?
432 South Curson Avenue. East
Los Angeles 36, California
To the Boston Post:
There are some indications that Congress is on the verge of rebelling against
the administration regarding the fantastic-
amount of tax dollars it is planning to
appropriate for foreign aid.
The best way to put a cheek on tin's
reckless spending is to attach a rider to
all foreign aid hills, providing that 25 per
cent ol the total appropriation shall he
taken and used to reduce the tax load for
Americans from top to bottom.
Now is the time for the elected representatives of the people to wake up to
the fact that Americans at home should
be considered when material aid is being
Some of us are wondering how much
nl tin- money is wasted.
Are the United Nations, NATO, and
all of the other American agencies anywhere in the world a factor in winning or
losing American national elections with
the use of foreign Elid?
JosErn H. Boucher
30 Zeller Street
Roslindale 31. Massachusetts
CRITICIZES FOREIGN AID
To thc Tablet:
I wrote Senator Harry F. Byrd in protest against the large foreign aid program. In answer he said that he has consistently voted against foreign aid for
years, and that on his last trip to Europe
he discovered we had given SI00 million
to Denmark, which enabled her to pay
off her debt, and $200 million to England to reduce taxes. He said, "This is
just an example of the way these funds
have heen wasted." He added that he
will vigorously oppose the recommendation of continued foreign aid over a ten-
year period. It is evident that money is
given, even without senators knowing of
it. The Hoover Report says our national
debt is $500 billion instead of $300 billion. Our interest on the debt is $19 million a day. We are also paying reparations to Israel, which Germany is supposed to he paying.
Mrs. Cleo E. Scheer
2600 Hampshire Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
EDUCATION MEET MISSED
To the San Diego Union:
In the White House Conference on
education, a list of 12 items was presented where change, improvement, or increased support was needed. In studying
these items. I was impresed most by the
important thing omitted.
We brag of our nation founded on the
belief in God and having tlie motto, "In
Cod We Trust." Yet, in our school system, we do not teach this fundamental
truth of our existence and destiny.
In many schools such teaching is officially prohibited. So we find the majority
ol the present and rising generation ignorant of the true cause and purpose of
man's existence here on this earth.
If our nation is founded on this basic
truth — "God Is" — is there any reason
why this same truth should not be tin-
basic and universal foundation for the
training and education of even child and
adult in our educational system, from
kindergarten to university?
Piiuiv II. Smith
921 West ('base Avenue
El Cajon, California
To tlie Kansas City Slur:
Bravo! Finally someone with nerve has
said that the VA benefit program needs
fumigating. 1 was glad to read that the
President's commission on veterans' benefits has recommended vast changes to
bring realism into the program.
I believe illusions should only go to
those who need them. I believe that all
VA payments for nonservice-connected
- Forum News, September, 1956