U.S. At War: Joke & Tag Line

As a bitter joke, Minnesota's labor-baiting Representative Harold Knutson introduced a bill to pay General MacArthur's besieged soldiers time-and-a-half for overtime, double-time for fighting on Sunday. On Bataan peninsula, MacArthur's men heard the joke, calculated that the total sum due would purchase 500 fighter planes. A suggestion was cabled home (via TIME'S correspondent): if Congress wished to do them any favors, please send the planes instead of the overtime checks.


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