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Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-second annual convention November 15, 16, 1933 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Broughton, C. E.
The recovery act and its application to the cheese manufacturers,   pp. 57-62 PDF (1.4 MB)

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contribution from you, why shouldn't the government take four mil-
lion men off of the townships and the villages and the cities and give
them a wage where they can go out and buy in the markets, and on
the other hand, the government of the United States, the father, so
to speak, of all the people, has come forth with that idea that they
will finance, until this individual willing to work, gets back into a
gainful occupation, and it is a happy medium. It means that little
boys and girls going to school are no longer going to be scoffed at
because they are city charges. They are in the army of the United
States-a peace time army, if you please, in the interest of humanity.
Now, my friends, they say that in the rural sections they are not
accepting the NRA. That is a slander upon the rural sections. I
know Wisconsin, I know the farmer, I know the cheese maker, and
I know that they are back of the President of the United States one
hundred per cent in his desires and aims to bring back to this coun-
try a normal condition, a condition where the average individual will
be able to say this is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Codes are being written. Your code is under consideration. I
want to say to you this afternoon that it is the duty of every cheese
maker to criticize and to strengthen that code so that you can give
protection to you, who produce the cheese. It is not too late. The
code that was drawn in Chicago is not the code that President Roose-
velt will sign. I say you wouldn't recognize that old ceode when you
saw it down there now, and some of these fellows here this afternoon
can tell you that that code has been changed, and it has been changed
in the interest of the producing people of this country and of Wis-
My friends, when you talk codes you are talking your foundation
stones of a structure that is going to continue until this depression is
over. And it is opportune, it is proper, it is essential that the cheese
makers of Wisconsin see that that code makes provision so that when
it is approved by the President of the United States it shall be a mes-
sage from you, your message so to speak, and I have every confidence
in the cheese makers of Wisconsin that they are not going to, in this
great crisis, ask anything that is unfair. It hasn't been your dispo-
sition in the past and it won't be your disposition in the future.
Now, these codes, as I said, are the foundation stones upon which
we are going to build. We are going to build for two or three, per-
haps four or five years. Yes, we are going to build for life. Yes,
because out of this great controversy of codes will come a new day,
a new beginning where cut-throat competition and those things that
have been a detriment will be eliminated. Why, my friends, the first
thing they did with almost the first code was to abolish child labor,
and if they did nothing else over a period of the last five or six
months than that, they have eliminated sweat shop competition, those
who had no respect for the little boy and little girl eight or nine and
ten years of age. They took them into sweat shops. They paid them
what-fourteen and fifteen cents a day and denied them an education
in a country where we have a free public school system. Oh, my

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