My Day by Eleanor Roosevelt

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NEW YORK , Tuesday—Last July I wrote a column urging people to take a personal interest in how their representatives in Congress stood on certain questions that seemed to me important.

I did not think that my own congressman would think that it was addressed to him and make any response, because my real intention was to stir the average citizen to the point where he would feel he had a job to do in finding outwhere his congressman stood before Election Day came around.

My congressman happens to be Mr. Hamilton Fish, and needless to say, he did not notice my column. But, in New York City, I happen to have an apartment in the district of Congressman Arthur G. Klein. Mr. Klein evidently feels that he has an obligation to try to answer questions his constituency might ask. Because I think his answers are remarkably honest and clear, and because all of them are pertinent to matters that are coming up today, I am printing some of them here and will give the rest tomorrow.

I assume that, when he answered me, he did so for the information of his whole constituency.

1. "I agree with your businessman acquaintance that 'there is not only going to be work for everybody at the end of the war, but plenty of it.' However, to implement the continuing trend towards total employment and, if necessary, to cushion against the possible temporary decline in employment which may be occasioned by a sudden change-over from a wartime to a peacetime economy, I propose the following:



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My Day by Eleanor Roosevelt, October 20, 1943

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
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