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)
60 WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS' ASSOCIATION 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- consin. 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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