The Charlotte News

Sunday, August 15, 1937



Flies in the Ointment

Germany is experiencing that delight of economic delights--a genuine labor shortage. The New York Times Berlin correspondent assures us that the shortage is not confined to skilled mechanics or specialized industries, but is becoming general and is acute in agriculture, building, mining and domestic service.

Lest some of us begin to ponder the comparative performances of a dictatorship and a democracy to the discredit of the latter, we beg leave to introduce at once testimony on the subject of How Germany Reduces Unemployment. It is from an article by Dorothy Thompson, who has spent many years in Germany, written last year at a time when Herr Hitler was broadcasting his accomplishments to a cheering Nazi party congress:

The International Labor Office recently reported that German citizens had been removed from the unemployment rolls in the following manner: by absorption in increased business largely due to the immense armament program which is busy manufacturing goods of no possible use to Germans except to fight with; by spreading work in the factories, whereby more people work but for less average weekly wages; by increasing the army eightfold and introducing compulsory two-year military training; by removing women from industry; by work camps which demand compulsory service of all young men for a stated period; by the forced emigration of over 60,000 Jews.

The same methods of reducing unemployment are available to the American people. All they have to do is signify their willingness to accept such work at such wages as may be directed by some bureaucrat in Washington.

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