Washington. December 24. ?
There's a new "Third Party"
movement looming up to compli
cate the political situation in the
Presidential electloa year ot 1936.
It is big enough, and has enough
voteB behind it, distributed all
over the United States, to make
the seasoned politicians ot both
major parties sit up and take
This is the "Townsend Plan"
Washington regards the an
nouncement by Dr. Townsend that
be will put a third party ticket in
the field, unless the Democrats
or the Republicans satisfy him
and his followers, as the biggest
political news since the death of
Huey Long and the consequent
collapse of the Louisiana Senator's
third party threat. It is big news,,
and something to be taken seri
ously, for two major reasons.
1. Neither the Democrats nor
the Republicans can satisfy Dr.
Townsend and his followers.
2. As every fresh arrival in!
Washington testifies, if he has
kept his ear to the ground while
back home, The Townsend Old
Age Pension plan has enrolled
literally millions of voters in its
thousands of Townsend Clubs, all
pledged to work and vote for,
1200 a month pensions for every
man and woman over 60 years
Power of the Group
Politicians know the power of
organization. Those with longl
memories recall the way in which
the- Anti-Saloon League put over'
Prohibition, by organizing the
church people in every commun-j
ity and using the 'pressure group'
method to defeat "wet" candidates
and elect "dry" ones. They were(
laughed at as fanatics ? but they
got Prohibition. The Townsendites
are looked upon by the politicians
on Capitol Hill as equally fanatic
a)? -but the^- are beginning 'to
feel the pressure. f
It is believed here that therej
are more potential votes behind
the Townsend movement than
there ever were behind Prohibi-j
tion. To most folks, the Prohibi
tion movement was somewhat ab
stract, based upon moral prin-;
^ eiples. The Townsend movement
fn decidedly concrete, and is bas
ed upon the fundamental human
itch to get something for noth
Congress Action Predicted
One inevitable effect of the
Townsend threat, observers here
believe, will be a desperate effort
to put through at the coming ses
sion of Congress some amendment
to the Social Security Act, (to |
make the Old-Age Benefits provid
ed for by the measure payable
immediately and in full to every
qualified person, instead of at
some time in the distant future.
Also, to "raise the ante" from
the present sliding scale, which
runs from )10 to (85 a month,
to come nearer to meeting the
demands of the Townsendites.
There Is little belief, however,
that such a program can be put
over. It is fairly certain that Pre
sident Roosevelt would veto it if
it were passed. The Social Security
Act only received his approval af
ter the parts which would have
required direct appropriations by
the Federal Qovernment were
stricken out, and the plan put onl
an actuarial self-perpetuating
The political implications of the
Townsend threat as it may affect j
the choice of the Republican can
didate, and the election next Nov- 1
ember, are being carefully ap
praised. It is a quite general un
derstanding that Senator Borah
would be a satisfactory candidate
to Dr. Townsend and his follow
ers. But that fact, on the face of
it, provides another reason why
the Republicans are not likely to
Republican strategists would
welcome a strong third party
movement of this kind, for the
general assumption is that it
would draw many more votes
away from Mr. Roosevelt and
the Democratic Party than from
the Republicans. That assump
tion, however, is somewhat de
batable There is no evidence
that Republicans are any leas de
sirous than Democrats of getting
Old Age Pensions.
Q. O. P. Leaders Warned
The Rpublican hope is that
around the Townsend movement
there will rally all of the diverse
groups of malcontents, who are
dissatisfied with the New Deal
aad distrust the Old Ouard. While
all of the polls that have been
taken, public and private, indicate
a decided trend away from the
New Deal, the Republican lead
era who met here for their Na
tional Commlttee.'s annual meet
ing last week, were warning each
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SANTA CLAU8, Ind. . . . The ft nit this small town has attained, u
thousands upon thouaanda of pieces of mail are aent here during the holi
days for re-mailing each year, ia to be perpetuated by a new poat office
building, dedicate*! aa a ahine to the children of America. Above ia an
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other and everybody else against
Mr. Roosevelt's personal charm
and popularity, wise ones in the
Opposition ranks recognize, can
overcome a huge amount of dis
satisfaction with the acts and poli
cies of the Administration to date.
Nothing would be easier than to
lay the blame tor failures on un
derlings who "betrayed the Pre-|
sident's confidence," while claim
ing personal credit for the suc
One of the underlings on whose
shoulders much of the load of
criticism is being heaped, parti-j
cularly by farmers, and lately by
the business elements, is Profes
sor Tugwell. The President's clos
est political advisers are unceas
ing In urging Mr. Roosevelt to
get rid of Dr. Tugwell. for strate
gic reasons. What the outcome
will be is still doubtful.
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