In the campaign of 1934, enormous political hoopla was made over a proposed unemployment census which would have furnished a juicy cluster of local census-taking jobs for each Democratic candidate to dangle before his district workers on election day. In the 1936 campaign, charges of corruption in Relief were part of Alf Landon's ammunition. But as items of political history, these "scandals" compare to the great WPA controversy of 1938, as peanuts to a watermelon.

That WPA has an influence on politics, only a congenital ostrich would deny. Whether it plays politics is...

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