Huey Long: “Our Growing Calamity” Address

(1935)

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Ladies and gentlemen, the only means by which any practical relief may be given to the people is in taking the money with which to give such relief from the big fortunes at the top.… 

Now, we have been clamoring for a number of relief measures. Among them was the old-age pension.…

Now, along comes Mr. Roosevelt and says that he is for the old-age pension of $30 a month, but he says that it shall be paid by the States.… 

What the Roosevelt pronouncement for old-age pensions means is that he would scuttle it inside and out. In other words, he will proceed to show how unreasonable,...