Cradle to Grave to Pigeonhole

Franklin Roosevelt's postwar social security program plumped last week into the lap of Congress. Thumbing through the 721 type-packed pages, hoisting the 5¾ Ib. of solid weight, blinking at the long footnotes. Congressmen tried valiantly to say something equally weighty.

Florida's Senator Claude Pepper, who loves the New Deal, took the easy out: he called the report "nothing short of magnificent." Mississippi's Congressman John Rankin, who hates the New Deal, called it "the most fantastic conglomeration of bureaucratic stupidity ever sent to Congress." Neither could have read through it at the time they commented.

But most Congressmen merely mumbled. Murmured Speaker...

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