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    I have been trying to get the Republicans to do something about high prices and housing ever since they came to Washington.  They are responsible for that situation, because they killed price control, and they killed the housing bill.  That Republican, 80th "do-nothing" Congress absolutely refused to give any relief whatever in either one of those categories.

    What do you suppose the Republicans think you ought to do about high prices?

    Senator Taft, one of the leaders in the Republican Congress, said, "If consumers think the price is too high today, they will wait until the price is lower.  I feel that in time, the law of supply and demand will bring prices into line. "

    There is the Republican answer to the high cost of living.

    If it costs too much, just wait.

    If you think fifteen cents is too much for a loaf of bread, just do without it and wait until you can afford to pay fifteen cents for it.

    If you don't want to pay sixty cents a-pound for hamburger, just wait.  That is what the Republican Congress thought you ought to do, and that is the same Congress that the Republican candidate for president said did a good job.

    Some people say I ought not to talk so much about the Republican 80th "do-nothing" Congress in this campaign.

    I will tell you why I will talk about it.

    If two-thirds of the people stay at home again on election day as they did in 1946, and if we get another Republican Congress

    like the 80th Congress, it will be controlled by the same men who controlled that 80th Congress--the Tabers and the Tafts, the Martins and the Hallecks--would be the bosses.

    The same men would be the bosses, the same as those who passed the Taft-Hartley Act, and passed the rich man's tax bill, and took Social Security away from a million workers.

    Do you want that kind of administration? I don't believe you do--I don't believe you do.

    - Harry S. Truman - Elizabeth, New Jersey, Oct. 7, 1948

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:12:10 AM PST

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