in National Political Scene
The pre-election campaign, warming up in other States, continued at fever
heat in California where Upton Sinclair, ex-Socialist and Democratic candidate
for Governor, is running against Frank F. Merriam, conservative Republican
Merriam is calling on his supporters to fight against radicalism
is no other issue before us, he says.
Mr. Sinclairs End Poverty in California proposals as flimsy and
unreal... utterly misguided... completely impossible of realization...
dangerously unsafe and destructive. The Sinclair program, says Governor
Merriam, contemplates a new and burdensome superstructure of taxation
upon a people already hard-pressed by an endless chain of local, State
and Federal taxes.
he adds, has made promises which he can not carry out if elected, but
the mere attempt to put into practice many of the theories and untried
proposals advanced by radical and Socialistic propagandists will add to
our already heavy deficit in State finances and will invite bankruptcy
for many of Californias important industries.
pridefully to the special session of the California Legislature which he
called and through which he forced measures dealing with old-age pensions,
assistance for the unemployed and relief for certain classes of debtors.
Party lines must be swept aside in the interest of alleviating human suffering,
he says. He refuses to engage in contest of promises which we know,
even as they are uttered, can not be fulfilled, or, if possibly realized,
would entail greater injustice, greater suffering, and greater confusion
than now exists, but he does pledge himself to forward reforms
in government, which are to be reflected in greater efficiency and in absolute
Out of California
last week came a scary story which some of Mr. Merriams supporters called
grave and important and some of Mr. Sinclairs supporters called a silly
bogey raised for political purposes.
of an alleged flight of capital from California, which was supposed to
be attributable to Mr. Sinclairs candidacy and to be reflected in a declining
price for California securities, notably State, county, and city bonds.
another voice to the loud California chorus, George Creel, Mr. Sinclairs
unsuccessful opponent for the nomination, denied that the Democratic State
platform on which the latter is running embodies his EPIC PLAN. Instead
of being a Sinclair platform, our State platform is one upon which any
Democrat can stand, Mr. Creel declared last week.
The Literary Digest
October 13, 1934
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