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January 15, 1938

The Hoover Policies

JAMA. 1938;110(3):233. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790030067030

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Controversialists for many years to come will use this volume as a source book of facts and arguments. The major portion of the space is devoted to a description of the policies and activities set in motion by Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce and as President. These include commissions of investigation, cooperatives, protection of children, expansion of public health activities, housing, prison reform, old age pensions, unemployment insurance and "diffusion of property ownership." Hoover urged the child labor amendment, conducted an extensive investigation on waste in industry, set up machinery for collective bargaining, established the Farm Board, suggested organized planning of land use, vetoed the bonus, created machinery for the control of the radio, proposed an elaborate system of planning of flood, navigation and power works, created a new banking policy, established the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and recommended stock exchange regulation. He advocated "government-regulated business, which I believe is

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