Winter Donation Drive

We're in our 16th year of exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit and need you now more than ever. Can you spare $20 for 2020? If so, then please donate today and read more about why we need your help.

Read time: 1 minute

Newstalgia Reference Room - "Do We Need Unemployment Insurance?" - 1950

Newstalgia Reference Room - "Do We Need Unemployment Insurance?" - a lively debate on the pros and cons of Federally subsidized Unemployment Insurance, as proposed by President Truman and debated by Secretary of Labor Maurice Tobin and Senator John W. Bricker (R-Ohio). Broadcast in January 1950.

Unemployment-1950.jpg
<strong>Unemployment in 1950. Some states just couldn't deal with it, even then.</strong>


In 1950, President Truman introduced legislation that would increase the Federal subsidy on Unemployment Insurance in the U.S., guaranteeing Unemployment compensation for a full 26 weeks.

The proposal was debated and argued on the basis that the States could handle it themselves. Despite the fact that a lot couldn't, it was still argued this was a States Rights issue and the Feds had no business meddling in the affairs of what was going on locally.

One could only imagine, had the legislation not passed, what it would be like now. But in 1950 it was hotly contested.

This episode of American Forum Of The Air, from January 15, 1950 tackles that question. In support of the Truman Administration is Secretary of Labor Maurice Tobin. On the States Rights side is Senator John W. Bricker (R-Ohio).

Ironically, Ohio is now one of the states with the highest rate of unemployment, but in 1950 Sen. Bricker didn't think Ohio would need any help. How times change.

Winter Donation Drive

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $20 for 2020? Please consider a one time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

Via PayPal:
Or mail checks to:
CrooksandLiars.com
PO BOX 66310
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Comments

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.