Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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Senate. These two gentlemen are undertaking to attack the record of the Democratic party in North Carolina and to defend the record of the Republican party in Washington. Let us take a look at the records of these two parties. The Democratic party in North Carolina has kept every promise it made to the people of this State in 1928 and in its efforts to serve the intimate needs of the people it has gone further than it promised. I do not claim for the Democratic administration that it has been infallible, but I leave it to the intelligence of the voters to compare its record with the record of the Republican party in the Nation.

What is the record of the Democratic administration in North Carolina? In July 1929 the administration cut legislative appropriations $1,450,000. At that time President Herbert Hoover was saying: "The outlook of the world today is for the greatest era of commercial expansion in history." He made no effort to reduce mounting expenses of the Federal government.

In 1930 the administration cut legislative appropriations $2,100,000. At that time the President was saying that the panic would be over in sixty days. He again failed to reduce expenses as he persisted in his false belief that the panic was temporary.

In 1931 the Democratic administration cut $2,753,- 000 from the cost of salaries and personnel of the state government by a horizontal cut of 10 per cent, and after that was done it again applied the pruning knife to legislative appropriations and reduced these appropriations in the additional amount of $2,700,000 for the fiscal year.

By that time the President had begun to see the depths of the misery of his administration. On October 18, 1931 he for the first time officially recognized the existence of the panic when he said, "The depression has been deepened by events from abroad which

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