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)
FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION 61 friends, that was a masterly stroke. That was a stroke brought about by a far-seeing president, your friend and mine. That is not all. We are now in the midst of a code controversy. There is bound to be a lot of criticism, some warranted but a large part of it unjust. One of the greatest offenders during all this de- pression has been Henry Ford of Fort Dearborn, Michigan, a man who contributed more to this depression than any one other individual or any other one concern in the United States, and in making this charge this afternoon I do not want to say anything that will react to the disadvantage of a single Ford dealer. They have put out the Blue Eagle; they have exhibited it in their window. They have been sincere, but Henry Ford who dominates the industry has spoken and they cannot go forth. Now, let's analyze Henry Ford a little, because I use this as an ex- ample to show you where the criticism is coming from in the plan to put over the National Recovery Act in the United States of America. Henry Ford was engaged in the tractor business. Every one of you who ever bought a Ford tractor know that Henry Ford specialized in that business during the depression, during those years from 1924 up until last year when the depression killed his foreign tractor business. Now, my friends, in 1930 there was an agricultural or tariff act enacted by the Government of the United States and in it were listed those articles that came in free of duty, and under article two and schedule 16 there was listed farm implements that could be imported into this country free of duty. Now, in that list was tractors and automobile parts. What did Henry Ford do? Did he go to his plant at Fort Dearborn or the assembly plants in this country and build up under that tariff law machinery in competition with the other con- cerns in this country? No. He jumped over the tariff wall and went into Ireland, into the British possessions, into Switzerland, the Netherlands, in fact, in 37 nations of the world he constructed plants for making automobiles or automobile parts, and then his plant in Cork, Ireland was given over to the making of Ford tractors. Now, what happened, my friends? Tractors are admitted free of duty. He went over there and with sweat shop labor he built those Ford tractors and he brought them into this country duty free in compe- tition with the J. I. Case and the Lawson Manufacturing Company of New Holstein out here, and he wrecked their tractor business and financially disabled the Lawson Manufacturing Company of New Hol- stein. And that wasn't all, my friends. While he was doing that, and while he was employing sweat shop labor, his plant closed at Fort Dearborn and he threw 37 thousand people out of work and upon the relief lists of this country. That is your Henry Ford who says he won't sign the code. He won't abide by the Blue Eagle, and I say that General Johnson will make that bird look into the face of the finest looking bird that was ever created, the Blue Eagle of the United States of America. Now, friends, if there is anything that I can do or offer during your
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